Change of Purpose Waihau Bay Reserve

In accordance with section 24A of the Reserves Act 1977, the purpose of Lots 30 and 35(DP6105) Otutehaparai Rd, Waihau Bay, is to be changed from local purpose (community buildings) to local purpose (community buildings and emergency services) reserve, to allow the reserve to be consistent with its existing use.

Details of the proposal and location of the reserves can be found below or a copy obtained from Council offices.​

Objections may be made but must be received in writing by the Council no later than 4:30pm on Monday 12 February 2018. Objections can be posted to:

The Chief Executive
Opotiki District Council
PO Box 44
Opotiki 3162


A change of purpose is recommended for reserve land located on Otutauhapu Road, Waihau Bay. The change of purpose would make the stated use consistent with existing use of the reserve as a site for emergency and health services.


Lots 30 and 35 (DP 6105) are adjacent reserve land vested in the Opotiki District Council. The reserves are located on Otutehapari Road Waihau with a combined area of 3668m².

Lot 30 is currently occupied by separate premises belonging to Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) and the BOP District Health Board clinic. St John Ambulance Service occupies a garage attached to the Fire Station.

Lot 35 is vacant. Recently St John have requested lease of Lot 35 to construct a new facility. The project is subject to funding and obtaining a secure lease.

The Coast Community Board has supported the request by St Johns to lease.

Discussions are also underway to formalise leases with FENZ and the BOP Health Board.

Legal advice has been obtained that the leases would be permitted under the Reserves Act 1977 but recommends changing the designation of the reserve from; Local purpose reserve "community buildings" to; Local Purpose Reserve "community buildings and emergency services


The reserves are vested in the Ōpōtiki District Council. Council has delegated authority under the Reserves Act 1977.


Amending the reserve's use to:  Local Purpose Reserve (Community Buildings and Emergency Services) enables a practical solution to ensuring appropriate agreements are put in place for existing and intended leases.

Map of Lot 30 and 35 Otutehaparai Rd Waihau Bay​ (PDF, 1.43MB)

Page reviewed: 19 Dec 2017 3:15pm