Save Okura - Long Bay Okura Great Park Society

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Long Bay, Okura and the Marine reserve is under threat from further increased, intensive land development. Your help is urgently required.

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The Long Bay Okura Marine Reserve needs your help. The cockle and pipi beds in the Okura Estuary and Karepiro Bay were virtually wiped out early this year. Sediment discharges from housing development, exacerbated by heavy rain, were the suspected cause, smothering shellfish and affecting their ability to feed. The effects of their loss are potentially profound.

The Reserve is a haven not only for marine life, where the mullet jump and snapper feed on shellfish, crabs and shrimps. It’s also a sanctuary for native birds. Godwits fly in from Siberia for the southern summer, and endangered New Zealand dotterels breed on the sandy spit in the Estuary and along Karepiro Bay. These birds along with their fellow residents, oyster catchers, pied stilts and herons, depend on the marine resources for nourishment. If their food disappears, so will they.

Please help us by making a donation which will enable us to contract experts for advice, monitoring, testing and technical support, so we can help protect this amazing area.

It’s 20 years and four Environment Court cases since the Long Bay - Okura Great Park Society began the struggle to protect the Marine Reserve. In 1996 and 2003 the Society defended two cases focused on ensuring protection of the Okura Estuary. Fortunately these cases were decided in favour of protection. Then in 2005, the Society began another long and ultimately successful battle to buffer development away from the Long Bay Regional Park. Now, we await the decision on the latest case, held last October, where we opposed the urbanisation of the Okura Estuary’s southern shores. We are grateful to our supporters and devoted members who raised the $300,000 we needed for lawyers and experts.

Regardless of that outcome, our agenda, to protect the Marine Reserve and ensure adequate legal provisions exist to prevent further outbreaks of pollution, will continue. The Society is constantly vigilant, monitoring and recording water quality and observing sites where pollutants could leach into the Marine Reserve.

We know it’s worth it because we understand the significance for the City of this beautiful semi-wilderness environment.

By giving even a little you enable us to keep working on long-term and effective protection of this unique area.

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  • Frances

    Frances on 18 Sep 2019



  • ChrisC

    ChrisC on 29 Apr 2019


    Membership.. thank you for all you do!


  • Lord Wolfgang

    Lord Wolfgang on 25 Apr 2019



  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 21 Mar 2019


    Don't let greed destroy our coastline.


  • martin ball

    martin ball on 28 Feb 2019


    ...but there still building behind Dacre Cottage.


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