Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon Reserve Management Plan


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Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon Reserve Management Plan

Grovetown Lagoon is an oxbow, or horseshoe, lake four kilometres northeast of Blenheim. The lagoon has become a popular area for walking, biking, picnicking, kayaking, food gathering and bird watching. There is a wealth of natural resources at the Lagoon and physical resources have been developed over time by Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon Incorporated (the Society).

Swans at Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon

A community management plan for the Lagoon was developed in 2003. There have been short term work plans written and implemented over the last 15 years however the community management plan has not been updated since 2003.

The society and the Council would like direction from the community as to how the area should be managed. It is envisioned that the new management plan will enable a mix of uses and values to be supported as well as putting in place policy to guide the day-to-day management.

Proposed timeframe

The following table sets out an indicative timeframe for development of the plan:


Approximate timeframe

Request for feedback/suggestions

22 July 2021

Feedback closes

24 September 2021

Develop draft plan

August 2021 to December 2021

Draft plan released to the public for submissions

January 2022

Submissions close

March 2022

Hear submissions

May 2022

Develop final plan

Late 2022

How you can get involved

You can influence how Grovetown Lagoon is managed and developed by providing some suggestions or feedback. We are keen to hear your views and there are several opportunities to be involved. This includes through:

  • an initial feedback period
  • a second more formal opportunity to prepare a submission on a draft management plan once that is released
  • through hearings on submissions

A brochure with more information about development of the reserve management plan has been produced.

Tell us what you think

There are no limits to what can be submitted on but we would like to know:

  • How often you (or your family) use or visit Grovetown Lagoon?
  • How do you use Grovetown Lagoon?
  • What are the things that you enjoy about Grovetown Lagoon?
  • What are your concerns about Grovetown Lagoon?
  • Do you have any suggestions about improving the Grovetown Lagoon area?

There is no set format for providing your feedback or suggestions but we have provided you with an online form (below) or a downloadable version of this form.
Alternatively feedback or suggestions can be made in writing and sent to the Council as follows:

Justine Johnson
Environmental Science
Marlborough District Council
PO Box 443
Blenheim 7240


If you would like to talk with someone about this process, please leave a message at the Council on 03 520 7400 for Justine Johnson and she will return your call.

Alternatively you can email the Council at: tewhanauhourmp@marlborough.govt.nz

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