North Te Arai

1) Black Swamp/Pacific Road Carpark and public Access

Currently the developer has proposed lots 12-20 along the foreshore with lot 20 cutting off a pre-existing public easement to the pre-exisiting carpark at the beach end of Pacific Road. They have proposed moving the carpark 413m to 450m* metres inland and provide a gated public walkway from the carpark to the beach.

This proposal is fundamentally against the pre-existing public easement, that allows for a 50metre wide easement along Pacific Road. That the easement be capable of accommodating; pedestrian, cycling, equestrian, motorcycles and light vehicles. Clearly a pedestrian only access precludes 4 of the 5 conditions stipulated on the PCC166, conditions which have been in place since the easement was formed in 1989, and prior to that as the land was crown land.

To date (14-04-2016) the Auckland Council “has not received an application to approve the section 223 survey plan” this application needs to conform to ALL conditions in the RMA, PCC166 and interests listed on the title.

Below is the excepted changes to the existing public access which we have illustrated for you to provide the full picture. Please note in the Subdivision Consent application there are three differing plans of the carpark and Pacific Road, one option doesn’t include any carpark at all and ALL options include severing the existing access and reducing it to pedestrian only.


*The 450m measurement is taken from centre to centre of existing carpark to proposed carpark from the scale plans submitted to Council as part of the development. The 413m measurement was taken using a measuring wheel along the current pacific road measuring the distance from centre of the clear felled area of the proposed carpark to the end of the pacific road at a distance equal with the centre of the current carpark. We did not run this measurement to the centre of the current carpark as that would give  an exaggerated measurement. Please note that the 413m measurement is based on what is currently felled in the proposed location and a final survey is still needed.

What legal public easement is there now?

Below are two excerpts from the full title survey which show the registered public easement that was deposited  18/12/2015. If you wish to download the full title survey then you can HERE.

Easement-plan easement-schedule

What public access do we have now?

There are only two public access points to Te Arai beach currently – Te Arai Point in at the southern end of the beach and Pacific Road a little further north. With only two access points it is difficult to understand Council’s decision to reduce the quality of access currently available at Pacific Road


What can we do?

CLICK HERE to go to action page and follow the directions TODAY

  • Let your local MP’s and Auckland Council know what is going on.
    • Winston Peters – Northland MP
    • Kelvin Davis – Te Tai Tokerau MP (Mr Davis has visited the site recently and expressed his concern for the local community)
    • Bill English – Prime Minister
  • Call the Orewa Planning office of Auckland Council (09 301 0101)
    • Register your support for the public easement of Pacific Road to stay in its current state with carpark in existing location.
    • Request that the council makes Pacific Road including the existing carpark a public road.
    • Request that an independently arbitrated public hearing be held with Auckland Council, local community and the development’s joint venture partners in attendance.
    • Request that any more activity on this issue and all future consent applications be FULLY NOTIFIED.

Important Correspondence

From Te Arai Beach Preservation Society and the New Zealand Fairy Tern Trust

 From Auckland Council responding to email request campaign

Parks, Sport and Recreation Committee direction to Mace Ward to find solution for all modes of access to Pacific Rd carpark


Official Documents

Subdivision Consent Documents direct from Auckland Council

Report on objection by Developers in their efforts to move carpark and privitise beach.

They directly challenged the Environment court decision, RMA 65973 Notification report and all previous easements. All behind closed doors without any public notification.

Environment Court decision on changes to Unitary Plan PCC166

Land Titles direct from LINZ



Rodney Local Board



2) Ensuring Tara Iti Golf Course and all future developments fulfill their Resource Consent conditions

It has come to the attention of SAVE Te Arai that the developers of Tara Iiti Golf Course have not been fulfilling their resource consent conditions. These relate to matters of environmental sustainability, plantings, boundaries and the supply of personnel to environmental organisations. We are collating information on the current status of key points of interest relating to these breaches of the RMA.