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Local fix sought for Coromandel mangroves

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/05/2017

Local solutions are being sought for the mangrove problem in the Coromandel and Hauraki Plains area.

Frustration over the cost and time to get consent for reducing the vegetation has resulted in the Thames-Coromandel and Hauraki district councils taking joint action.

They're proceeding with a Mangrove Management Bill, which proposes that each council may prepare a draft plan to maintain mangroves to acceptable levels.

Cabinet minister Scott Simpson, who is MP for Coromandel, is presenting the local bill to Parliament.

Thames-Coromandel mayor Sandra Goudie says the councils are acting on behalf of communities disenchanted with the consent process for mangrove removal.

"In Whangamata since the early 2000s, there's been massive community concern about the spread of mangroves and its impact on the Whangamata Harbour," she said.

"To date, that process has consumed over a decade in time and in excess of $1.5 million in costs."

She said the bill would allow communities to devise solutions themselves and councils to use limited resources more effectively.

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