Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve Management Plan

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Seeking community representatives for Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve Committee

The Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve Committee is looking for two passionate community members to help guide the future management and development of the reserve.

These two voluntary roles are for anyone in Rotorua that has an established and ongoing association with the reserve, the Eastern suburbs of Rotorua and its communities. They must work together with representatives from Ngāti Uenukukōpako and Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi and an appointed Councillor or Committee Member and must be able to represent the interests of the wider Rotorua community when it comes to the future of Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve.

Click HERE to check out further details about the role and instructions on how to apply.

Applications close Monday 2 August 2021.


Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve is a valuable community recreational space and has important cultural and environmental significance.

Rotorua Lakes Council, representatives from Ngāti Uenukukōpako and Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi, and the Eastside Community Collective have been working together to develop a draft Reserve Management Plan to support the future management of Hannahs Bay/Waikawau Reserve.

The Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve Management Plan was adopted by Council on 27 June 2019.

A copy of the plan is available here

Thanks for all your feedback.


Hannahs Bay Icon

Seeking community representatives for Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve Committee

The Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve Committee is looking for two passionate community members to help guide the future management and development of the reserve.

These two voluntary roles are for anyone in Rotorua that has an established and ongoing association with the reserve, the Eastern suburbs of Rotorua and its communities. They must work together with representatives from Ngāti Uenukukōpako and Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi and an appointed Councillor or Committee Member and must be able to represent the interests of the wider Rotorua community when it comes to the future of Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve.

Click HERE to check out further details about the role and instructions on how to apply.

Applications close Monday 2 August 2021.


Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve is a valuable community recreational space and has important cultural and environmental significance.

Rotorua Lakes Council, representatives from Ngāti Uenukukōpako and Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi, and the Eastside Community Collective have been working together to develop a draft Reserve Management Plan to support the future management of Hannahs Bay/Waikawau Reserve.

The Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve Management Plan was adopted by Council on 27 June 2019.

A copy of the plan is available here

Thanks for all your feedback.


  • Community Rep Positions - Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve Committee

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    The Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve Committee is looking for two passionate community members to help guide the management and development of the reserve.

    The roles are voluntary and their purpose is to represent the interests of the wider Rotorua community when it comes to the future of Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve.

    Applicants can live outside of the Eastside area but must have an established and ongoing association with the reserve, the eastern suburbs of Rotorua and its communities.

    The operation of the Committee will be guided by a Terms of Reference that clearly set out the Committee’s roles, responsibilities, operations and tenure and finalising these will be one of the first actions for the Committee.

    Rotorua Lakes Council will continue to undertake the operational management of the reserve.

    Committee Overview

    Through the development of the Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve Management Plan it was identified that there was strong community support for enabling greater iwi and community involvement in the future decision making for Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve though the establishment of a Reserve Committee.

    The role of the Committee is to manage the reserve in accordance with the Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve Management Plan and the provisions of the Reserves Act 1977.

    The Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve Committee will be comprised of six people as follows:

    • 3x representatives from Ngāti Uenukukōpako and Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi;
    • 3x community representatives, including one Councillor or Committee member appointed by the Mayor.

    Role Purpose

    The purpose of the community representative roles is to represent the interests of the wider Rotorua community in the ongoing use, management and development of the Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve.

    Responsibilities and Duties

    • Lead implementation of the Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve Management Plan including making recommendations on the priority of actions to be undertaken;
    • Consider and make recommendations in response to requests from the community to undertake activity on the reserve, in line with the principles and policies contained in the Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve Management Plan;
    • Advocate in the best interests of the community with regards to the ongoing use, management and development of the Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve.

    Knowledge and Skills

    • Established and ongoing association with Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve, the eastern suburbs of Rotorua and its communities
    • Ability to communicate effectively
    • Positive and enthusiastic
    • Excellent organisational skills
    • Previous experience participating on a community-based committee
    • An understanding of bi-culturalism and the Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi

    To speak to someone about these positions phone council on 07 348 4199 (8am -5pm weekdays).

    A copy of the Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve Management Plan can be found here

    To apply please send your CV and cover letter to:

    Recreation and Open Spaces Manager
    Rotorua Lakes Council
    1061 Haupapa Street
    Rotorua 3015

    Or via email to info@rotorualc.nz

    Applications close Monday 2 August 2021.

  • Legislative Requirements

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    Hannahs Bay Reserve is a specially classified reserve under the Deed of Settlement pursuant to the Affiliate Te Arawa and Hapū Claims Settlement Act 2008. This recognises the cultural significance of the reserve and the role of Ngāti Uenukukōpako and Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi in decision making.

    The Reserves Act 1977 is the central piece of legislation that governs the administration of public reserves. Under the Reserves Act the Rotorua Lakes Council, as a reserve administering body, is required to have in place reserve management plans for all reserves under its control and to ensure that those reserve management plans are kept up to date to reflect changing circumstances or increased knowledge.

    The Reserves Act 1977 sets out the process for preparing or reviewing a Reserve Management Plan including the requirements around community consultation which includes a requirement for submitters to be given the opportunity to be heard in support of their submission. The hearing is proposed to be held during the week of the 10th of June 2019.