Congratulations, all supporters and friend of the Long Bay-Okura Great Park Society. You made it possible.
Last month some past and present members of the executive committee were invited to a small ceremony hosted by the Auckland Council to celebrate the transfer of the Heritage Protection Area of the Long Bay Structure Plan (fondly known as the HPA) to public ownership.
For those who do not know, this is the green headland you see as you enter Long Bay Regional Park, land that lies to the seaward side of the new Long Bay development. It stretches almost the length of the main road in the park, 19.6 hectares (almost 50 acres) in total.
This is a very beautiful piece of land, sacred with its number of archaeological sites dating back to early Maori land use and historical sites which include a rare existing example of ditch and bank farming technique. The land has spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf and will be a valuable addition to the Regional Park.
Congratulations must go to all the good people who were so instrumental in contributing to the Society’s success in the Environment Court in protecting this stunning piece of land from development. It is a true reward indeed for the hard work by so many over successive years. Special tribute must go to Fiona McLoughlin who lead the Society through the Environment Court process, and to Linda Nunn, who so unrelentingly cajoled everyone into raising the funds to make it possible.
Yes, we can all be proud of what we have done to enable a further sparkle to be added to the jewel that is the Regional Park.
This land is not yet open to the public – some technicalities need to be completed first. But we can be assured, it will not be long before the people of today and those of the generations to come will be able to stand on it and enjoy its magnificence.