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APPENDIX IV: Areas of Significant Conservation Value

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The following ASCV and their significant conservation values were identified using a set of assessment criteria derived from Schedule 2 of the Draft NZCPS. The criteria used include:

  1. Maaori cultural values of local, regional or national significance.
  2. Presence of protected areas.
  3. Wetlands, estuaries and coastal lagoons of national or international significance.
  4. Habitats, breeding sites, roost sites or feeding sites of marine mammals and birds.
  5. Ecosystems, flora and fauna habitats with regionally, nationally or internationally significant or threatened ecosystems or species.
  6. Scenic sites of regional, national or international importance.
  7. Historic places of outstanding significance.
  8. Representative examples of nationally significant or outstanding coastal landforms and associated processes.

It should be noted that the conservation values identified under this Appendix are not an exhaustive list, rather they are a summarised version of those values of regional importance originally identified by the Department of Conservation. It is acknowledged that these values cannot be made specific within the ASCV area, however they indicate to applicants the need to give careful consideration to them as significant conservation values, when making any application to use or develop resources in an ASCV.

MAP ASCV SITE CONSERVATION VALUES
1 1 Mokau River Estuary
  • Site of cultural importance to Taranaki and Tainui iwi.
  • Adjoining high quality, protected riverine habitat.
  • Whitebait spawning habitat.
  • Regionally important whitebait and native fishery.
  • Resident and frequenting rare and threatened wildlife (waders and coastal birds and Hectors dolphin).
  • Mokau coastal features (R17 502 909).
3 2 Marokopa River Estuary
  • Site of cultural importance to Tainui iwi for gathering kaimoana.
  • Resident and frequenting rare and threatened wading and coastal bird species and Hectors dolphin.
  • Geopreservation sites: Marokopa zeolite facies (R16 595 187), Marokopa-Kiritehere coast (R16 598 198), Marokopa River mouth - triassic-jurassic contact (R16 600 202).
4 3 Albatross Pt and adjoining coastline
  • Site of cultural importance to Tainui iwi, for gathering kaimoana.
  • Haul out and breeding site for NZ fur seal (Anctocephalus forsteri).
  • Nationally significant fossil and geological site.
  • Arataura Pt (R15 631 415), Ururoa Pt (R15 648 430.
4 4 Kawhia Harbour
  • Site of immense value to Tainui iwi. Commonly referred to as the ‘Hearth of Tainui’.
  • Canoe resting site - Te Ahurei.
  • Outstanding habitat for wildlife, wading, shore and wetland bird fauna.
  • Extensive eel grass communities.
  • Resident and frequenting endangered rare and threatened wading and coastal bird species.
  • Presence of Hectors dolphin.
  • Nationally significant fossil sites - Te Maika Pt (R15 658 441), Totara Pt (R15 659 411), Arataura Pt (R15 631 415), Heteri Pt (R15 664 401), Ohaua Pt (R15 684 411), Ururoa Pt (R15 648 430), Puti Pt (R15 734 481) and Motutara Peninsula (R15 722 474).
  • Waiharakeke bridge - kinohaku jurassic sequence (R16 772 399), Maire Point (R16 704 382).
  • Historic pohutukawa tree. (R15 697 467).
  • Te Puia Springs (R15 663 470).
5 5 Aotea Harbour
  • Site of cultural importance to Tainui iwi.
  • Extensive sandspit and sand dune system classified as Scientific Reserve adjoining harbour.
  • Extensive eel grass communities.
  • Resident and frequenting rare and threatened waders and coastal bird fauna.
  • Hectors dolphin.
  • Nationally significant dune complex of Titanomagnetic iron sand.
  • Geopreservation sites: Aotea dune fields (R15 732 588), Taranaki Point (R15 673 565).
5 6 Gannet Island
  • Island Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Haul out and breeding site for NZ fur seal.
  • Major breeding site for Australasian gannet.
6 7 Raglan Harbour
  • Site of cultural significance to Tainui.
  • Resident and frequenting rare and threatened wading and coastal bird fauna.
  • Hectors dolphin area.
  • Recognised southern limit of mangroves.
8 8 Waikato River mouth and Estuary
  • Of immense value to Tainui.
  • Wildlife habitat of high value.
  • Nationally significance whitebait and native fishery.
  • Resident and frequenting rare and threatened waders, coastal and freshwater bird fauna.
  • Nationally significant fossil and land forms exposed.
  • Geopreservation sites: Port Waikato complex landslide (R13 637 228), Port Waikato (R13 660 248).
9 9 / 10 Firth of Thames to Tararu
  • Site of cultural significance to Hauraki iwi.
  • Internationally important wetland (RAMSAR site).
  • Resident and frequenting rare and threatened national and international migratory waders, coastal and freshwater bird species.
  • Nationally significant mangrove and mudflat communities.
  • Unique and globally rare land form (chenier plain).
  • Extensive shellfish beds and gathering of shellfish.
  • Miranda chenier plain and coastal flats (S12 146 469).
12 11 Manaia Harbour
  • Site of significance to Hauraki iwi.
  • Unmodified representative estuarine system.
  • Saltmarsh, eel grass and mangrove communities.
  • Resident and frequenting rare and threatened waders and coastal bird species.
13 12 Inner Coromandel Harbour
  • Site of significance to Hauraki iwi.
  • Resident rare and threatened wading and coastal bird species.
  • Saltmarsh, eel grass and mangrove communities.
15 13 Colville Bay
  • Site of significance to Hauraki iwi.
  • Significant breeding site for NZ dotterel.
  • Resident and frequenting threatened and rare waders, coastal and freshwater bird species.
  • Nationally significant archaeological sites.
15 15 Waikawau Bay and Estuary
  • Site of significance to Hauraki iwi.
  • Representative estuarine system with largely unmodified coastal forest, mangrove and saltmarsh communities.
  • Resident and frequenting rare and threatened wading and coastal bird species.
  • Nationally important seascape.
  • Adjoining Waikawau Farm Park recreational reserve.
  • Regionally significant dune system fronting Waikawau Bay.
16 14 Cape Colville to Sandy Bay
  • Site of significance to Hauraki iwi.
  • Adjoining Cape Colville Farm Park, Recreation Reserve.
  • Resident rare and threatened wading and coastal bird species.
  • Unique subtidal environs.
  • Nationally significant coastal landscape.
  • Archaeological sites of ‘Archaic’ period.
  • Geopreservation sites: Sugar Loaf (S09 265 227), Fletchers Bay Waitemata Group sedimentary sequence (S09 254 224).
17 16 Whangapoua Harbour
  • Site of significance to Hauraki iwi.
  • Nationally important habitat for wildlife.
  • Resident and frequenting rare and threatened wading, coastal and freshwater bird fauna.
  • Significant saltmarsh, eel grass and mangrove communities.
  • Extensive shellfish beds.
  • A number of archaeological sites around harbour margins.
  • Gathering of shellfish.
  • Omara spit landform (T10 474 930).
18 17 Kuaotunu Peninsula
  • Site of cultural and spiritual significance to Hauraki iwi.
  • Significant roosting and breeding sites for migratory birds and small populations of threatened wildlife, including the NZ dotterel and variable oyster catcher.
  • Extensive shellfish beds and shellfish gathering.
  • Representative coastal landscape (rocky shoreline).
18 18 Ohinau Island Group
  • Sites of significance to Hauraki iwi.
  • Significant colonies of sea birds.
  • Rare and threatened fauna.
  • Rare flora.
  • Nationally significant seascape.
  • Regionally significant archaeological sites.
  • Ohinau Island columnar rhyolite (T10 673 929).
19 19 Mercury Island Group and Cuvier Island
  • Sites of significance to Hauraki iwi.
  • Islands and rock stacks are gazetted reserves.
  • Significant colonies of burrowing sea birds.
  • Rare and threatened sea and coastal bird species.
  • Rare and threatened lizard and insect species.
  • Threatened plants.
  • Nationally significant seascape.
  • Island managed as refuges for endangered fauna.
  • Regionally significant archaeological site.
  • Cuvier Island tourmalinised rocks (T09 584 257).
  • Red Mercury Island basalt (U10 732 052).
  • Stanley Island basalt vents and cone (T10 687 025).
  • White cliffs, Great Mercury (T10 620 057).
20 20 Whitianga Harbour
  • Site of significance to Hauraki iwi.
  • Nationally important wildlife habitat.
  • Resident and frequenting rare and threatened wading, coastal and freshwater bird species.
  • Resident common dolphins.
  • Extensive eel grass and mangrove communities.
  • Adjoining forest scenic reserves.
  • Geopreservation sites: Maramaratotara Bay coastal features (T11 529 819), Shakespeare Cliff clastic dikes (T11 534 820), Whitianga Ferry Landing ignimbrite (T11 522 818).
  • Archaeological site: Whitianga wharf (T11 523 818).
20 21 Purangi Estuary and
Te Whanganui-a-Hei Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve south to Hereheretaura Peninsula
  • Site of significance to Hauraki iwi.
  • Significant marine breeding ground, adjacent to the Te Whanganui-a-Hei Marine Reserve.
  • Significant mangrove communities.
  • Significant site of early European settlement.
  • Extensive shellfish beds and shellfish gathering.
  • Site of significance to Hauraki iwi.
  • Site includes Mahurangi Island Recreation Reserve.
  • Offshore islands used for relocation of threatened wildlife.
  • Islands contain rare plant communities.
  • Regionally significance seascape.
  • Geopreservation sites: Cathedral Cove (T11 593 821), Wigmore rhyolite dome (T11 615 804), Hahei rhyolite dome (T11 602 815).
22 22 Alderman Island Group
  • Site of significance to Hauraki iwi have been used for traditional harvest of titi and gardening.
  • Islands and rock stacks are gazetted nature reserves.
  • Frequented by NZ fur seal.
  • Significant burrowing seabird colonies.
  • Threatened lizard and tuatara.
  • Threatened plants.
  • Nationally significant seascape.
  • Regionally significant archaeological sites.
  • Alderman Islands coastal landforms, Middle Island (U11 845 668), The Spire (863 672), Pisa Rock (851 647).
  • Ruamahau-iti andesite flow (U11 849 652).
23 23 Upper Tairua Harbour
  • Site of significance to Hauraki iwi.
  • Resident and frequenting, rare and threatened wading and coastal bird species.
  • Saltmarsh, eel grass, and mangrove communities, and shellfish beds.
  • Archaeological shell middens.
  • Whitebait spawning habitat.
  • Geopreservation sites: Paku Island perlite (T11 656 628), Pauanui coastal flats (T11 656 614).
24 24 Opoutere Sandspit and Wharekawa Harbour
  • Site of significance to Hauraki iwi.
  • Outstanding wildlife habitat.
  • Large breeding population of NZ dotterel.
  • Resident and frequenting rare and threatened waders and coastal bird species, including variable oyster catcher, banded rail and bittern.
  • Significant saltmarsh, eel grass and mangrove communities.
  • Gathering of shellfish.
  • Wildlife Refuge, gazetted 1967.
25 25 Upper Whangamata Harbour
  • Site of significance to Hauraki iwi.
  • Extensive eel grass and mangrove communities.
  • Wildlife habitat of high value.
  • Resident and frequenting rare and threatened waders and coastal bird species.
  • Gathering of shellfish.
25 26 Otahu Estuary
  • Site of significance to Hauraki iwi.
  • Unmodified saltmarsh, eel grass, mangrove and freshwater communities.
  • Representative wetland.
  • Linkage with forested catchment.
  • Native fisheries values.
  • Resident and frequenting rare and threatened, wading, coastal and freshwater bird species.
25 27 Clark Island Group
  • Sites of significance to Hauraki iwi.
  • Island wildlife sanctuaries.
  • Rare and threatened fauna.




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