Matakana barricade removed

The Barricade on Panepane wharf has been removed. Photo: Ryan Wood.

A joint statement from Matakana Islanders and the Western Bay of Plenty District Council says the parties are working together to protect Panepane Point, after islanders barricaded the wharf last week.

The barricade prevented local tourism operator Kewpie Cruises from landing passengers at Panepane to explore the island side of the Tauranga harbour entrance.

The statement says council and Matakana Island Tangata Whenua are working together on a joint management plan which will help protect Panepane Point.

It follows a meeting on Wednesday, attended by Western Bay of Plenty Mayor Garry Webber, council staff and about 40 island residents, to discuss the issues that led to the barricade being placed on the wharf and discovered by Kewpie Cruises operator Brandon Stone on January 9.

The joint statement from Western Bay of Plenty District Council Deputy CEO Gary Allis and Matakana Island Tangata Whenua spokesperson Ngaraima Taingahue says it was a positive hui and they have agreed to develop a pathway going forward.

The islanders concerns are a result of the area’s growing popularity and include:

  •   •  Putting measures in place to protect the environment

  •   •  Provision of facilities such as toilets and rubbish bins

  •   •  Signs to stop visitors entering the working forest

  •   •  Educating visitors about the danger of lighting fires on the island

  •   •  Educating visitors about the history of the island.

The parties agreed to work to establish a joint management plan for Panepane Point which will include actions like:

  •   •  Appointing a seasonal ranger who can ensure visitors respect the area

  •   •  Providing facilities such as toilets and rubbish bins

  •   •  Putting controls in place to stop people entering the forest

  •   •  Erecting signage regarding the danger of fires

  •   •  The management of trees near the coast.

Finer details of the joint management plan will be discussed during a follow up hui in February. An update will be provided after the hui.


So you accept your wrong maildrop,

Posted on 22-01-2018 09:08 | By R. Bell

About this issue, Mathew Tukaki and your understanding of pronouns. Thanks for that.


Posted on 21-01-2018 20:17 | By maildrop

Widely recognised term. Never come across "whatsyaface" personally. Nor "your" when shortening "you are". Your penchant for incorrect use of the language is laughable.

Waiknot, your both right and wrong,

Posted on 21-01-2018 10:10 | By R. Bell

par for the course I think. It is not a race based issue, agreed. However the outcry by uninformed people was largely racist, anti Maori garbage, that does no- one any good. My comments are aimed at them. Thanks for your concern. Robin Bell.


Posted on 21-01-2018 08:11 | By R. Bell

"whatsyaface".Your penchant for wrong interpretations is stunning. The ONLY inference to race since this story broke is your own and that included in comments to stuff and Sunlive and of course facebook. Check the ones bellow. Inference is thick. Mathew Tukaki mentioned no indication to race, only disgust at people who crap in his backyard and endanger the massive investment local hapu have on the island. The so called "proper channels"have been tried and tested many times, with no result. We all know why. If ever there was a case for a Maori representative on councils, this is one.. Robin Bell.

SO, the big question really is -

Posted on 20-01-2018 00:04 | By The Caveman

HOW much has this cost, AND who will be clipping the ticket (GETTING PAID) long term ? And BY WHOM ??


Posted on 19-01-2018 17:05 | By waiknot

Robin Bell a bit over the top your comment. This was a non race based issue.

Thank you for the opportunity, maildrop.

Posted on 19-01-2018 16:51 | By R. Bell

to enlighten you , that is. First the term Pakeha refers to all non- Maori. Second. The sign erected has no racist agenda, simply a short message in the kiwi vernacular "bugga off".Third, there is a culture (among many non-Maori) that they have the right to trespass on Maori land. Mathew responded on facebook to the racist comments on a number of publications, it’s unfortunate that you missed those. Why do you think Sunlive refused to take comments? Think before you rant. Lastly for now, Making fun of my name reveals a child like streak to your character, and has zero effect, ask missy. Robin Bell.

Robin Bell

Posted on 19-01-2018 10:34 | By maildrop

I support positive action if people are being "wronged" on the grounds of race,sex,religion,etc,. But this was an issue of people (probably of many races inc Maori) leaving rubbish. Today, there was no need for this response. The issue should have gone through proper channels and race not brought into it. They weren’t being "wronged" by a specific race or a government, just ordinary people. They assumed it was pakeha and this is probably incorrect. It is also racist to assume. If this is the knee jerk response to any issues then it does no good. Unless you’re Moari in which case it seems to get everyone running around making promises and spending money, so kudos to you guys. Personally I think it is just divisive, racist, arrogant and childish. Trying to justify on historical grounds is just ridiculous.

Ding dong

Posted on 19-01-2018 09:46 | By maildrop

It seems any comment is deemed rascist if it not in agreement with you. Check with the Race Commission for what constitutes a rascist comment because I haven’t seen any on this story or the previous story, other than from the islanders who put up the barricade. I refer to many people of all races, including my own race, as "whatshisface" if I don’t recall their surname. If you think that is a rascist term put a complaint in. They’ll file it under B1N. If you think it’s insulting, I don’t care. You’re a little too sensitive I think.

@ Mathew

Posted on 19-01-2018 08:59 | By MISS ADVENTURE

So Mat will get a newly vcreated job of ranger? So deliberately obstructing public access is ok, defamatory comments or whatever whenever is all ok when teh desires are self justified and self created? Hmmmm I seem to recall a few more "creative" instances in recent times.


Posted on 18-01-2018 18:44 | By R. Bell

you see no problem with insulting racist comments, so be it . When you finally understand the world of Maori grievance you will understand why Mathew " whatshisface" ( another insulting reference) went public. Believe me, the need for this kind of action is historical fact, reflecting yours and some pakeha arrogance. If you wish I will enlighten you. Robin Bell.


Posted on 18-01-2018 17:52 | By Told you

Good to see common sense prevailed and the parties are working together a very sensible move to supply rubbish bins and toilet facilities, this has to be positive for the future, well done.

Committees and parties?

Posted on 18-01-2018 17:26 | By MISS ADVENTURE

What raft of costs, committees and dramas here is raehr over the top, there is no interest, historic to present nor future in this site.

A good compromise

Posted on 18-01-2018 16:19 | By Border Patrol

While not agreeing with the way that the Matakana locals went about highlighting their grievances, they do have a point. It just seems a shame to spoil the natural beauty of the area, cluttering it with toilets, rubbish bins, more signage etc.

it's not...

Posted on 18-01-2018 15:30 | By Captain Sensible

It’s not racist when they do it!


Posted on 18-01-2018 15:02 | By dumbkof2

how many $s changed hands

Pots and kettles

Posted on 18-01-2018 14:27 | By maildrop

I didn’t realise the island so inundated with visitors? Fair enough to have facilities and a ranger if it is, but surely the outcome could have been achieved without the need for inflammatory action and the accompanying rascist and offensive signage? That sort of action was bound to be met with anger so Mathew whatshisface should settle down before firing off on Sunlive accusing people of all sorts.


Posted on 18-01-2018 13:52 | By Capt_Kaveman

Needs to stop and anyone doing this should be charged, stop this giving in, if they want no one to land then they get no help from the main land and stay on the island and support themselves, they do not own the jetty

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