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Published: 2007-02-14 00:00:00

Over the next few months people who live, own property, work or holiday in the Kawhia and Aotea areas will have an opportunity to tell local authorities what they love about these areas and how various issues the catchments are facing could be managed.

Like many other coastal areas in the Waikato region, the character of Kawhia, Aotea and the surrounding areas is changing. For example, there is an increasing demand for subdivision and land is being used in different ways.

In response, Environment Waikato, Otorohanga District Council, Waikato District Council, Waitomo District Council and the Department of Conservation are working together on an integrated (land and harbour) catchment planning project for these two catchments.

Known as Shore Futures, this joint project will enable the agencies to have a coordinated approach to managing land and marine use, and planning for change and growth in the Kawhia and Aotea catchments.

“This means coming up with ways to manage activities and development, both on land and in the coastal marine area, while taking into account the unique aspects and features residents and land owners value and want to protect,” said Environment Waikato councillor Andra Neeley.

Shore Futures kicks off publicly this Sunday, 18 February, with an information day in the Kawhia Hall. People can attend a presentation at 11am or 2.30pm, or drop in any time between 10am-4pm to view information displays and chat to staff.

A second information day will be held on Saturday, 3 March from 10am-4pm at the Te Waitere Boating Club.