Heritage? - bullet points above aren't talking to 'heritage', for Tairawhiti Heritage to be be understood, Council need to demonstrate that they know what this is, are engaging with numerous people who have solid research/matauranga to support their perspectives. This requires the community to be invited to share their views, research, the 'facts' that stand-up and have come from multiple recorded sources. To plan for the future their needs to be time to learn from and share the korero from our past, to be able to make an informed decision about the priorities for our future. And not forget to be inclusive / acknowledge those presenting research - that can back-up their korero with recorded historical material from multiple sources. Don't allow important heritage events and projects to be used as power games ('Mana and Money' - driven by the same people) that divide our community, the reality is some hard, difficult and differing opinions need to be voiced and heard, this is essential to finding some form of consensus to move forward. Don't continue to white-wash the voices, the process, let our communities be heard earlier in the process!

It would help if the Council asked the community to contribute towards a 'Heritage and Arts and Culture long-term development plan' and sort the resources to support the communities aspirations!

There's huge levels of deprivation in our community-the Lib and Mus aren't providing services and programmes that meet our need! We need a Creative Hand-on Youth Center; music, carving, whakapapa...
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The aspiration of creating a continuous corridor of riparian planting along the rivers and urban streams is admirable. I support this wholeheartedly. The local reserves in town also need some weed control and extra planting of native trees/plants to improve their biodiversity. To encourage the local reserves to be more used by the community, it would be beneficial to establish connecting paths and easements between the reserves. Gisborne Canoe and Tramping Club has arranged many walks around town connecting the reserves, and has contacted the many landowners whose land is in between the reserves to request permission to walk there. Connecting our reserves makes interesting "close to home" walks, which residents and visitors would enjoy if these were more accessible.
Waingake Bush QE2, the 1100ha waterworks bush, is a very ecologically significant and diverse natural area close to Gisborne. I am aware that GDC has put more resources into this area recently, but the bush is in desperate need of comprehensive pest control. Five yearly application of 1080 is really what is needed with an urgent start to prevent canopy collapse. Even though the catchment supplies part of Gisborne's water supply, this could be bypassed for a withholding period after 1080 application if that was considered necessary, because the Mangapoike dams can provide the full water supply. Waingake bush should be more accessible for people for educational opportunities and appreciation. The tramping club has proposed a simple track system within Waingake bush - just basic walking tracks.
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Congratulations to the Council on the wonderful work on Titirangi. The native forest restoration and weed control are impressive and this will become a stunning natural environment as the bush matures, especially with the aspiration of a predator free Tairawhiti by 2050. The Women's Native Tree Project Trust appreciates working alongside the Council on the revegetation goal for Titirangi. I would like to see the tree lucern on Titirangi retained for now. These trees, although not native, do not provide a weed invasion threat, and will be over-topped by natives in time. In the meantime they are providing food for kereru, tui, and other birds and insects, and assisting with holding the soil.
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Support Council playing an enabling role to support communities to undertake catchment based environmental improvement projects. Support Council strengthening policies to protect our natural heritage e.g wetlands and incentivising and supporting landowners to protect natural heritage. Support utilising our parks and rivers as ecological corridors and avoiding further loss of urban stream habitats by piping and rather enhancing streams through restorative planting and man made wetland opportunities which can provide additional benefits.
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