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


Develop draft plan

November 2021 to March 2022

Draft plan released to the public for submissions

May/June 2022

Hear submissions

July 2022

Develop final plan

Late 2022

Feedback and suggestions received

A request for feedback and suggestions on developing the draft reserve management plan was notified on 22 July 2021. At the close of the feedback period on 24 September 2021 37 responses had been received.

A summary of the feedback has been prepared and can be viewed here:

A full copy of the responses received can also be seen here:


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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