Notice is hereby given that a Meeting of the Taramea (Howell’s Point) Management Committee will be held on:




Meeting Room:



Wednesday, 25 November 2020


Tauraka Waka

49 Leader Street, Riverton


Taramea (Howell’s Point) Management Committee Agenda







Muriel Johnstone



Stewart Bull



Kevin O'Connor



Sharon Ayto



Graeme Stuart



Blair Stewart





Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Aaron Leith

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Julia Fettes

Committee Advisor

Alyson Hamilton



Contact Telephone: 0800 732 732

Postal Address: PO Box 903, Invercargill 9840




Full agendas are available on Council’s Website



Taramea Management Committee

25 November 2020



ITEM                                                                                                                                                                                  PAGE


1             Apologies                                                                                                                                                                3

2             Leave of absence                                                                                                                                                3

3             Conflict of Interest                                                                                                                                             3

4             Public Forum                                                                                                                                                         3

5             Extraordinary/Urgent Items                                                                                                                        3

6             Confirmation of Minutes                                                                                                                               4


7.1         Landscapes Project - Review of Natural Features and Landscapes Chapter of the District Plan                                                                                                                                                                             9



8.1         Kaiwhakahaere - Chairperson Johnstone to provide an update on activities

                and happenings at Taramea (Howell’s Point).


8.2         Aaron Leith - Programme Leader and Julia Fettes - Senior Environmental Advisor

                at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu to address the committee.




At the close of the agenda no apologies had been received.


1             Leave of absence


At the close of the agenda no requests for leave of absence had been received.


2             Conflict of Interest


Committee Members are reminded of the need to be vigilant to stand aside from decision-making when a conflict arises between their role as a member and any private or other external interest they might have.


3             Public Forum

Notification to speak is required by 12noon at least one clear day before the meeting. Further information is available on or phoning 0800 732 732.


4             Extraordinary/Urgent Items

To consider, and if thought fit, to pass a resolution to permit the committee to consider any further items which do not appear on the Agenda of this meeting and/or the meeting to be held with the public excluded.

Such resolution is required to be made pursuant to Section 46A(7) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, and the Chairperson must advise:

(i)            the reason why the item was not on the Agenda, and

(ii)          the reason why the discussion of this item cannot be delayed until a subsequent meeting.

Section 46A(7A) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (as amended) states:

“Where an item is not on the agenda for a meeting,-

(a)           that item may be discussed at that meeting if-

(i)        that item is a minor matter relating to the general business of the local authority; and

(ii)       the presiding member explains at the beginning of the meeting, at a time when it is open to the public, that the item will be discussed at the meeting; but

(b)          no resolution, decision or recommendation may be made in respect of that item except to refer that item to a subsequent meeting of the local authority for further discussion.”


5             Confirmation of Minutes

6.1             Meeting minutes of Taramea (Howell’s Point) Management Committee, 24 June 2020


Taramea (Howell’s Point) Management Committee





Minutes of a meeting of Taramea (Howell’s Point) Management Committee held in the Riverton Senior Citizens Rooms, Corner Princess Street and Bath Road, Riverton on Wednesday, 24 June 2020 at 4.32pm.





Muriel Johnstone



Stewart Bull



Kevin O'Connor



Graeme Stuart



Sharon Ayto



Blair Stewart






Anne Wakefield







Councillor Don Byars

Committee Advisor

Alyson Hamilton

Community Facilities Manager

Mark Day

Community Facilities Contract Manager

Greg Erskine


                Members congratulated the Chairperson, Muriel Johnstone on receiving the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for Services to Maori and Conservation.



1             Apologies


There was an apology from Anne Wakefield.


Moved Sharon Ayto, seconded Blair Stewart and resolved:

That the Taramea (Howell’s Point) Management Committee accept the apology.



2             Leave of absence


There were no requests for leave of absence.



3             Conflict of Interest


There were no conflicts of interest declared.



4             Public Forum


There was no public forum.



5             Extraordinary/Urgent Items


There were no Extraordinary/Urgent items.



6             Confirmation of Minutes



Moved Blair Stewart, seconded Chairperson Johnstone  and resolved:

That the minutes of Taramea (Howell’s Point) Management Committee meeting held on 9 October 2019 be confirmed as a true and correct record of that meeting.




Expenditure Statement for the period ended 31 May 2020


Community Facilities Contract Manger, Greg Erskine was in attendance for the item.

Mr Erskine provided an update on the financial results for the period ended 31 May 2020 advising the reserve balance as at 30 June 2020 is $23,663.



Moved Blair Stewart, seconded Graeme Stuart  and resolved:

That the Taramea (Howell’s Point) Management Committee :

a)          Receives the report titled “Expenditure Statement for the period ended 31 May  2020” dated 24 June 2020.




Chairperson's Report


Chairperson Johnstone advised that since the last Taramea (Howell’s Point) Management Committee meeting and despite the ensuing cancelled and deferred meetings because of restrictions imposed by Covid-19, there were still a number of activities that were progressed, which included the following:

February 2020

·         advice of a wedding held at an approved location at The Point.


February/March 2020

·         advice of responding to several calls of alarm and concern about earth moving equipment and developments throughout neighbouring sand dune area (Moana Street) including roading, lighting and services.   Investigations confirmed it was a subdivision development in a rural area so no need for consultation.  The Chair expressed disappointment that given this sand dune area is an extension of Taramea (Howell’s Point) it would in all probability have contained cultural material, which was unable to be monitored.


March 2020

·         advice of completion of Ngai Tahu process of advertising/selection of new Iwi Member to fill vacancy on the Taramea (Howell’s Point) Management Committee and very pleased to welcome the successful applicant Stewart Bull - nau mai, haere mai.


April 2020

·         the Chair along with Kevin O’Connor completed an Iwi Representatives report to Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu.


April/May 2020

·         appreciation to Blair Stewart undertaken weeding in various areas at the Point.


May 2020

·         advice of Department of Conservation employee undertaking spraying of the marram along the full length of the track realignment area.


June 2020

·         report received from a local volunteer carrying out pest management along the land/bush sections of “Back Beach-Peninsula” advising of the increasing numbers of possums and deer on all bush sections including Taramea (Howell’s Point) Section 20.

The committee discussed the timeliness of starting the process to update/review the Taramea (Howell’s Point) Management Plan which will include the aspirations of Ngai Tahu and discussion on the ongoing plan of a Marae being placed at Taramea (Howell’s Point).




The meeting concluded at 5.30pm                       CONFIRMED AS A TRUE AND CORRECT RECORD AT A MEETING OF THE Taramea (Howell’s Point) Management Committee HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 24 JUNE 2020.

















Taramea (Howell's Point) Management Committee

25 November 2020


Landscapes Project - Review of Natural Features and Landscapes Chapter of the District Plan

Record No:             R/20/10/61139

Author:                      Margaret Ferguson, Resource Management Planner

Approved by:         Fran Mikulicic, Group Manager Environmental Services


  Decision                                        Recommendation                                  Information





1        This report is to inform the Taramea (Howell’s Point) Management Committee about the work the resource management department is doing to identify outstanding natural landscapes and features within the District.  

2        The key reasons for doing this work are:

-     to look after our special landscapes for now and for future generations

-     legal requirements under the Resource Management Act 1991 to identify and protect our special areas

-     Council has asked us to review what is currently in the District Plan relating to landscapes.


3        Council incorporated some identified landscapes into the previous District Plan review and these are primarily within the coastal and Te Anau basin area.  Council acknowledged at that time, that it would need to come back and take a District wide approach to looking after all the special landscapes in the District.

4        Whilst the work will lead to a change to the natural features and landscapes chapter of the District Plan, this will be after extensive discussions with anyone who may be potentially affected.   It is about ensuring that Southland’s landscapes and natural features remain special for future generations.


What’s your view?  He aha tō tirohanga?

5        To begin this work, Council in partnership with iwi, have embarked on a project to determine where potentially important landscapes and features are within our district.  The campaign is called ‘Whats your view? He aha tō tirohanga’?

6        We are taking a three – fold approach to identifying these potentially special spaces which comprises of the following workstreams:

-     community views and opinions

-     a cultural landscape assessment

-     a professional analysis eg landscape architect.

7        Once the potential areas have been identified, we will be working alongside the community, as well as multiple partners, to discuss the findings and then look towards ways in which we can all work together to look after these important places for generations to come.

8        There are some key attributes that we are looking for when identifying these landscapes and natural features, which include:

Understanding the geology, water, topographical features (hills, plains, mountains), plants, animals.

How memorable is the landscape or feature? How natural (ie unmodified) is it?

How do people feel when they see the landscape or experience the landscape? What are the spiritual, cultural, connections that people have to that space?


Timeframe - what is happening when?

9        This project will be progressing over the next year and we will be seeking an active presence within the community to progress this project overall.

10      Understanding the cultural significance of our landscapes is currently underway.   Iwi is leading this workstream and working with a consultant to complete this piece of work.   

11      We are now heading out into the community to understand community values and we anticipate this will progress over the next few months.   This is our public facing campaign ‘Whats your view? He aha tō tirohanga?’.

12      We understand the important role the community boards have within the community and we value the contribution you are likely to make going forward in helping us to connect with the community and undertake the project in partnership with them. 

13      We welcome any ideas in which the community board members may be able to support this project, and welcome any advice you may have regarding connecting with the community as this project progresses.

14      The project will have different phases which will require different communication platforms (online, face to face, drop-in sessions, individual meetings, paper-based communication etc), and we will endeavour to keep you informed as to what is happening across all phases.

We welcome one on one conversation about this project, so if anyone in the community has any questions, or you would like more detail on this, please contact us directly – you can email, or phone the resource management team on 0800 732 732 and we will make time to see you. More information can also be found at




That the Taramea (Howell’s Point) Management Committee:

a)            Receives the report titled “Landscapes Project - Review of Natural Features and Landscapes Chapter of the District Plan” dated 15 October 2020.





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