New Grovetown Lagoon management plan will strengthen the mahi


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New Grovetown Lagoon management plan will strengthen the mahi

Not everyone knows but Marlborough has a special taonga.

“It is more than a beautiful place - it is also the community working together that makes Grovetown Lagoon special,” said Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon Society Inc. administrator Justine Johnson.

A new reserve management plan for the Grovetown Lagoon is seen as a way to continue the great mahi to date to protect this treasured place. Justine is overseeing the community engagement process for the Council which begins today.

Grovetown Lagoon, an old meander channel of the Wairau River, has become a popular area for walking, biking, picnicking, kayaking, food gathering and bird watching.

It includes a mix of Council-owned reserve, unformed legal road, Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) land and Department of Conservation (DOC) reserve. Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon Society Inc. was formally established in 2005 to manage its protection and restoration.

Feedback from the public about the proposal is now invited. The draft reserve management plan will then be prepared and publically notified. The final plan is expected to be completed in late 2022.

Feedback or suggestions should be made in writing by 5.00 pm on Friday 27 August.

This can also be emailed to: or via the online form at:

For further information please leave a message at the Council on 03 520 7400 for Justine Johnson and she will return your call.