The Te Rauone community is at odds about finally getting on
to the council's funding radar regarding a city contribution
to a breakwater to mitigate erosion on their coastline, a
Hoani Langsbury is chairman of the Te Rauone Coast Care Group
and representative of the Te Rauone community, including
owners and lessees of private property affected by erosion in
the area. He said he had spoken to various members of the
community since hearing this week's news the council was
prepared to contribute $50,000 to the breakwater's
construction next financial year, if it could satisfy its
remaining concerns in the next few months.
The council has asked staff to report back by March on its
review of the design of the groyne, and any potential
liability the council might take on in taking ownership of
it, ongoing maintenance requirements, sea level-rise effects
on it, the landowners involved, confirmation of charging
mechanisms, and any other risks to council involvement.
It would not take responsibility or pay for sand
It was a good result, despite the uncertainties that
remained, Mr Langsbury said.
''It is very positive, considering we've worked very hard
with the council for the past five to seven years to do
something towards building the breakwater, and we haven't
even got it into the draft [annual budget] document before.''
He was not surprised councillors still asked new questions,
but expert reports from Port Otago showed there were no
negative effects expected from the breakwater and he expected
it should not take council staff too long to review those
documents and come to the same conclusion.
The council's $50,000 contribution cap for the construction
of the about $180,000 breakwater was a ''little bit light'',
considering it owned 35% of the affected land, but the
community would make submissions along those lines via the
annual plan process.
However, another resident, Edna Stevenson, said there was a
real feeling of disgruntlement, and she had not heard anyone
speak positively of the council's position yet.
In fact, people were almost at the point of creating an
action group to demand council action.
They wanted the council to stop being negative about the
community, stop putting obstacles in the way and just get on
and do it, she said.