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Hawke's Bay community gifted riverbed

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/06/2017

A privately owned riverbed in Hawke's Bay is being given to the community.

Earlier this week, 55.8 hectares of Tukiuki Riverbed land from Waimarama Road at Red Bridge, to Horseshoe Bend was formally returned to the public, and will be under the ownership of the council.

"Private ownership of this part of the riverbed goes back to settlement years, but it is extremely rare for a riverbed of this size to be in private hands," Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule says.

The McHardy family were the owners, but the original owners who came from Australia wanted certainty to the water in the Tukituki river.

"There is very little land like this around, and I can imagine families camping down here in years to come, in the great outdoors, by a beautiful river that is only minutes from home," the McHardy's land manager Andy Colthart says.

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