Dive Crescent land share finally confirmed

The 3442m2 strip of land incorporates properties including Bobby’s Fresh Fish Market, Maui Ocean Products and the Cargo Shed. Photo: Rosalie Liddle Crawford.

An agreement reached almost 11 years ago between Tauranga City Council and the Otamataha Trust to jointly own and manage reclaimed land on Dive Crescent has finally been confirmed.


The 3442m2 strip on the seaward side of the road incorporates properties including Bobby’s Fresh Fish Market, Maui Ocean Products, the Cargo Shed and a recently demolished shed at the northern end of the site.


It forms part of a larger area originally reclaimed by the Tauranga Harbour Board and the Public Works Department to form the rail and road corridors in the early-20th century. Ownership of the land has never been legalised.


Alongside council, Otamataha Trust, representing the mana whenua interests of Ngai Tamarawaho and Ngati Tapu over the area, entered into a memorandum of understanding in 2010, which foresaw the land being owned in equal shares by both parties and jointly-managed through the Dive Crescent Governance Group.


The Council and the Trust applied to Land Information New Zealand for the title to the land in 2011. Following a lengthy period of negotiations over the price and other conditions, the transfer of ownership was confirmed late last year, at no cost.


Commissioner Shadrach Rolleston, one of two Council representatives on the Dive Crescent Governance Group, says the adoption of a recommendation at Monday’s council meeting to transfer a 50 per cent interest in the land to Otamataha Trust reconfirms a previous decision of Council. He calls it a “proud moment” which the entire community could celebrate.


“This honours the intent and terms of the MoU and sets a solid foundation for the Trust and the council, through the Governance Group, to decide upon a joint strategy for the future management and development of this important waterfront area, for the benefit of both parties and the wider community,” says Shadrach.


Otamataha Trust chair, Puhirake Ihaka, and deputy chair, Peri Kohu, also welcome the move.


“The Trust is pleased to have played a major part in getting this land returned,” say Puhirake and Peri in a joint statement.


“Looking forward, the Trust is committed to working with Council on the development of the Dive Crescent precinct, for the cultural, community and commercial benefit of its hapu and the city.”


Title to the land is expected to be issued to the Council in the near future, with a 50 per cent interest immediately transferring to the Trust.

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Posted on 05-04-2021 19:41 | By groutby

...the museum with artifacts from ’all’ ethnicities (all?) of the district could be a ’pay for view’ museum...ie: user pays, so we can decide if we need it or not...OH NO!!!...here we go again...let a private enterprise fund it if they think it will work...it ain’t gonna happen is it!..sure to fail... I reckon Tauranga needs to decide exactly what it really wants to be and really go for it!... at the moment sadly it’s a ’wannabe’ popular tourist town.......


Posted on 04-04-2021 08:43 | By dumbkof2

yes equality. turn it into a museum and in 2 years the museum crowd will want a bigger building then bigger again. wont be long before ratepayers will be paying hundreds of thousands a year in maintence and other costs. do you really think tourists are going to come from auckland hamilton or even tauranga to see the same things in other museums

@ Equality

Posted on 03-04-2021 22:48 | By Yadick

Good call but would expect costs to be shared EQUALLY.

Eleven Years!

Posted on 03-04-2021 15:35 | By Equality

It took to come to this conclusion - and I wonder how many hundreds and thousands of dollars were spent on the ’consultation’ with the ’trust’? This is a great building - renovated with ratepayer money not that many years ago. A building waiting to be used. The word ’Museum’ springs to mind. This could be filled with artefacts of all ethnicities involved in the founding of Tauranga. It would go a long way to satisfying those who insist that we need a museum and it would bring back the tourists to the city.

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