Future of Brook for Discussion – Nelson Mail.

Bill Moore

The Nelson Mail14 Feb 2015

The future of the Brook Valley Holiday Park and the surrounding recreation reserve is to be discussed at a public meeting called by the Nelson City Council.
The meeting, beginning on Tuesday at 5pm in the council chamber, will update those interested in the progress of a draft Brook Recreation Reserve Management Plan.
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Brook Valley Community Group, Email Re Feb 12th

Hello all,

I have this morning checked in at the Council building to see the agenda for Thursday’s meeting. Our item does not appear. This almost certainly means that the report will now be presented to the Community Services Committee at 9 am on Thursday 26 February, a meeting which is to be followed by a full Council meeting.

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Submission on Brook Recreation Reserve Management Plan Proposal by Moira Bauer

1 – Proposal to draft a Management Plan

To draft a Recreation Reserve Management Plan for an area of land first requires that this land be Recreational Reserve land, as defined by the Reserves Act 1977.
Currently, only Section 47 Brook Street and Maitai Survey District is Gazzetted as Recreational Reserve, while all other land parcels are Freehold Titles.
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Submission on Brook Recreation Reserve Management Plan Proposal by Brook Valley Community Group

12 January 2015

Brook Recreation Reserve Management Plan

A public meeting of the Brook Valley Community Group was held on Saturday 6 December 2014. What follows is a statement of the position adopted by those present, in full consensus, in response to the notice of intention to prepare a Management Plan for “The Brook Recreation Reserve”, printed in the Nelson Mail on 24 November 2014 and calling for suggestions.
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New Technology Helps in fight against pests

New technology helps in fight against pests
Fri, 02 Jan 2015 6:40 pm
By Adrien Taylor

A New Zealand inventor hopes to add drones to the fight against pests.

He won $25,000 to help turn his dream into reality and a trial of his Trap Minder system is taking place on Great Barrier Island this summer.

Scott Sambell and his dog Millie are finding that keeping Glenfern Sanctuary pest-free can be hard work.

The 240 hectare peninsula is cordoned off by a pest-proof fence to protect native wildlife, but that doesn’t stop a handful of unwanted predators making their way in every year.
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The “Brook Recreation Reserve Management Plan”. What is it and what does it mean?

The decision by council to draft a Reserve Management plan for the land occupied by the Brook Valley Motor Camp seemed an eminently sensible approach at first.
It allows Council to take a broader perspective, to integrate future activities and developments in the area, and to assess which of these are compatible with Reserve land.
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Brook Recreation Reserve Management Plan

Nelson City Council is beginning the process of preparing a management plan which will define the activities that can take place within the Brook Recreation Reserve.

This Council-owned land includes the Brook Motor Camp but does not include the reserve area currently leased to the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Trust for a fenced wildlife sanctuary.

Council is seeking written suggestions from the public about how the reserve should be used in the future, what needs protection on the site and how the setting could best serve both residents and visitors.

This information will help guide the development of a draft Brook Recreation Reserve Management Plan. Other public consultation processes are also planned for early 2015. The public will be able to provide submissions on the draft management plan in March and April next year. A panel will also hear oral submissions on the draft plan before making recommendations to Council about its final content.

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Suggestions called for Brook Recreation Reserve

Published 25 Nov 2014 http://nelson.govt.nz/council/news/recent-media-releases-and-news/suggestions-called-for-brook-recreation-reserve/

Nelson City Council is beginning the process of preparing a management plan, which will define the activities that can take place within the Brook Recreation Reserve.

This Council-owned land includes the Brook Motor Camp, but does not include the reserve area currently leased to the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Trust for a fenced wildlife sanctuary.

Council is seeking written suggestions from the public about how the reserve should be used in the future, what needs protection on the site and how the setting could best serve both Nelsonians and visitors to the region.

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Report following Fridays meeting with Council

On Monday, 24 November 2014,

On 1st March 2014, the residents of the Brook Valley Camp were each handed letters stating the Council’s intention to close the camp by the end of the year. It was stated in the letter that the camp was running at a $175,000 loss and the cost could not be borne by the ratepayers any longer. The residents were all in shock at this totally unexpected announcement, and did not believe that the camp could be costing that much to run, and suspected a hidden agenda by the council to develop the land for various tourism-based projects once the camp was closed.
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Apologies to all for the lack of activity over recent months, but in truth there’s been very little to report. There have however been a few noteworthy developments recently.

  • NCC informed us of their intention to install token operated showers. (Letter to follow in Gallery) These are expected to be fully operational as of January 2015

  • A timeline has been presented for the drafting of the proposed reserve management plan. Final adoption of the plan is set for June 2015. Consultation with residents will take place this Friday 21st November at 12.30pm A copy of the council letter to residents has been posted to the Gallery for your interest.

  • I saved the best news for last 🙂 casual campers are again permitted to experience the pleasure of staying at the Brook campground! Serious campers are not permitted ( this has been a bit of a running joke at the camp as to how you define a “casual” camper), what I mean is that bookings are not being accepted, but campers who just show up may stay.

And that’s about it folks, we continue to decline in numbers as “permanent” campers, and as one amongst us pointed out,
If the camp was costing the ratepayer when it had 50 permanent residents, how much more is it costing the ratepayer now there are less than 30?

Plan to guide decisions on the Brook – by NCC

26 Jun 2014

Nelson City Council is taking a broad view on the future of the Brook Valley Holiday Park.

The Community Services Committee decided today to prepare a Management Plan under the Reserves Act 1977 for the recreation reserve that contains the Brook campground.

Community Services Chair Pete Rainey says the process will allow everyone to comment about what the reserve may look like in the future including what activities happen within it.
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Camp Meet

Hi all,

Moira here. Had meeting with Mayor yesterday. I’ll write up a summary to post on this webpage in the next day or two. I also suggest another meeting in the Kitchen on Friday 4pm so anyone interested can keep updated on progress (or lack thereof..) and I don’t have to tell the same story 30 times ! 😉
Hope to see you all there ( and please spread the word as much as possible in the meantime )


Sanctuary’s anti-pest fence gets final tick

Last updated 12:27 10/06/2014

The Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Trust has the final go-ahead to start building its 14-kilometre pest-proof fence.

Nelson City Council has approved a 33-year lease of 711ha of the Brook Conservation Reserve to the trust.

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Report favours Brook Valley gondola proposal

Figures stack up technically and financially


Last updated 12:58 04/06/2014

A feasibility study on a proposed Nelson gondola has given its backers confidence to press on with the project.

The Nelson Cycle Lift Society, which is behind the proposed gondola project from the Brook Valley to Fringed Hill, undertook the study with a $15,000 grant from the Nelson City Council.

The study has found the project initially sound geologically, economically and in its engineering.

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Holiday park’s revival is ‘still possible’ – by Nelson Mail

Holiday park’s revival is ‘still possible’

Last updated 11:16 29/05/2014

A Brook Valley Holiday Park resident says the mayor is happy to discuss re-opening the camp, and has held a meeting of residents and interested people to seek support.

Moira Bauer, who has lived in the camp since the beginning of the year, made a presentation to the council’s community services committee a fortnight ago, on behalf of the Brook Valley Community Group.

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Let’s get this place Reopened!

Hey All,
Moira here,
Following my address to the council on behalf of the Brook Valley Community Group, I’ve been in contact with Mayor Reese who has said she would be happy to meet with me to discuss the possibility of having the Camp Reopened asap! Great news! Now I need help..
In short, I will do my best to convince the mayor that we as camp residents are collectively perfectly capable of managing the camp, and would do it a whole lot better than the council is doing at the moment. The office has been shut since Wednesday, facilities are being closed for the winter, and people are leaving while none are allowed to take their place. But I can’t do it alone.
While it is somewhat short notice, I would like to meet with all interested peoples this sunday 4pm, in the kitchen/lounge area.
I’m hoping this will get out to everyone following the site, and ask that those of you who do see this tell all others you encounter between now and then, all are welcome, we’re all in this together and I want all of your ideas. Comments, suggestions, feedback etc all welcome, as always.
Cheers! and Happy camping 😉

Uncertainty over Brook camp closure – by Nelson Mail


The Nelson City Council appears to be pulling back from closing the Brook Valley Holiday Park, instead taking a broader look at the area and all the related interests and issues.

Council staff have been looking at the situation since Mayor Rachel Reese stepped in at the end of March and sent the closure proposal back to the community services committee.

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Address to Council

Presentation to Council at the Community Services Committee Public Forum, May 15th 2014.

Good afternoon,

My name is Moira and I am here on behalf of the Brook Valley Community group to speak about the future of the Brook Valley Holiday Park.

We are here because we would like to see the camp reopened, and because we fear there is a hidden agenda driving the closure proposal. We’re not sure who’s driving it, but it is clear that the original report misrepresented information surrounding the camp to the council, so we would just like to present the information we have found to those in charge of considering the camps future.

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Nelson Mail – Voices by Helen Black May 2014

As a Brook Valley resident, I have come to the conclusion that I do not need a television as I, unwittingly, have a first class seat to watch the convoluted drama of local government in action unfold in front of my very eyes.

The focal point is the attractive land of the 88-year-old Brook Valley Holiday Park, which adjoins the Nelson City Council’s Waterworks Reserve in the upper Brook Valley.

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Gondola moves step higher – by Nelson Mail

Last updated 12:45 06/05/2014

A report from the feasibility study for a proposed gondola in Nelson has been sent to Nelson mayor Rachel Reese and Nelson City Council chief executive Clare Hadley for review.

“The report has been given to the mayor and chief executive.

“We are seeking feedback before further announcements are made, but in summary it is looking very, very positive and exciting.” said Jo Rainey, the man behind the idea.
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Nelson’s ratepayers should not be saddled with Sanctuary costs

by Dan McGuire, itinerant environmentalist from San Francisco

Appeared in Nelson Mail Nov 3, 2012

I commend the excellent work of the Brook Sanctuary volunteers and support the excellent work of the sanctuary which is showing increased native bird numbers.

However, for valid and incontestable reasons, I totally oppose the use of Nelson ratepayer funds to pay for the predator fence. It’s certain that the cost of the fence will be far higher than what is being projected currently – and, given the terrain, there’s no question that ongoing maintenance costs will always be a substantial burden.
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Council running the camp down into the ground

Just one example of the many visitors arriving daily, sometimes several in a day, being refused to stay in the camp. Some wish to stay in the cabins, but most want to camp in the upper area by the office and facilities, powered sites, etc.

This is the exact area of the Campsite that the Council are allowing the Brook Waimarama Trust and NMIT to build their ‘DOC training centre’ on.

Could this be the real reason why the Camp is closed???

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Meeting follow up from council

Yet more bad decisions, misinformation and mistruths.

Opus NZ (international asset managers), hired by the Brook Waimarama Trust, contracted NCE (Nelson Consulting Engineers) to undertake the geotech survey. Interestingly, sources reveal that

“there is absolutely no reason why the DOC/NMIT buildings cannot be used where they are”

already sited at the entrance to The Brook Conservation Reserve.

It is widely known that the ground within the campsite is unsuitable due to slippage, slumping and ground water present; aside from the fact that it was the main camping area of the campsite before it was closed!

A copy of the full and unbiased ground survey reports was requested but nothing has been forthcoming.

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Notes on a Meeting with the Mayor

On Saturday April 12th , the residents of the campground had an opportunity to attend a meeting with the mayor, the general manager of the Brook trust, the parks and reserves manager, and councillor Kate Fulton, who chaired the meeting. This was designed to resolve existing confusions about what was to happen with the Brook Campground after the council retracted its closure proposal on the day of public consultation, and then potsed great big “CLOSED” signs onto the camp Entrance, seeminingly formalising a decision that hadnt been made yet.

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Easter Visitors!


Easter Weekend. The Camp remains closed, however the cabins are fully booked! Filled with happy (if somewhat wet and windblown) trampers, airing their clothes on the cabin rails, congregating in the kitchen, and sharing a meal in front of the fireplace in the dining room. Its a happy sight to see! The common rooms alight with activity, and new faces sharing new stories. It does however make one wonder how it is determined who may or may not stay at the campground. The closed signs remain in place at the entrance, and casual campers are turned away, yet organised tour groups are still welcomed. Whats the difference? Wheres the distinction? Other campers with advance bookings have had their bookings cancelled, so that cant be it, and filling every cabin is a lot more high maintenance than allowing the odd tent to pitch up or camper to plug into power. Perhaps group bookings with lump payment sums are simply easier for the council to coordinate from civic house, while spontaneous arrivals are just too inconvinient for these camp managers. I wonder how big a group must be? How far in advance must one book, and would this work for a large group of tents and caravans also? Its certainly worthy of enquiry.

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Death by neglect

So now the Nelson City Council has had to “show its hand” in regard to the Brook Valley Motor Camp.

Posted at its entrance we have notices proclaiming “closed to casual campers” and “no freedom campers”, yet surely these are the classes of visitors who should be directed to the area.

The posters seem to confirm the unpublished policy of the council to this facility since they took it over. Death by neglect seems to be the process by which they can redesignate the area for other purposes.

Their mismanagement of this potentially profitable asset amounts to a dereliction of duty which in some areas would attract courts martial and firing squad.

Ambitious plans for the Waimarama Sanctuary, mountainbiking and the like will affect the whole of the area from Bridge St up to the ridge of the sanctuary.

The council is obviously looking for a “clean canvas” in regard to the camp area.

How long before the concrete sided Brook Stream is covered over to make more traffic space and some of the larger houses in the area become “bed and breakfast”. After the Brook Valley Camp. could Maitai Camp be next?

John Watson, The Wood, 9th April

Letters to the editor
The Nelson Mail, Saturday, April 12, 2014

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Residents rise up over pest fence – The Southland Times

Last updated 05:00 16/04/2014

Angry questions were thrown at Predator Free Rakiura governance group members by Stewart Island residents and business owners at a public meeting last night.

More than 100 people attended the meeting at the community centre on the Island, filling the hall with people lined up at the back of the room and some sitting on the floor.

Residents wanted to know what kind of biosecurity measures would be put in place and how it would impact on the island, but became frustrated when organisers cut them off, saying the questions were not relevant to the topics scheduled for discussion.

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Enner Glynn and Upper Brook Valley Rezoning

Nelson Resource Management Plan
Proposed Plan Change 17
Enner Glynn and Upper Brook Valley Rezoning and Structure Plan

Download here:PlanChange17-Decisions-report

Brook Valley rezoning notice

Source and more info: http://nelson.govt.nz/environment/nelson-resource-management-plan/nelson-resource-management-plan-2/nrmp-plan-changes/proposed-plan-change-17/

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Fears of highway up Brook revealed – by Nelson Mail


The Brook Valley’s new community group is suggesting that a secret agenda to build a motorway extension from Stoke to the city could be behind the Nelson City Council’s proposal to shut the Brook Valley Holiday Park.

But Mayor Rachel Reese says it’s a “fanciful” idea, though a scheme change last year does include an “indicative road”.

The group, formed late last year, has leafleted Brook St residents to publicise a forthcoming meeting, urge them to make submissions to the council’s annual plan, and seek donations.

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Park buildings concern – by Nelson Mail


Brook Valley Holiday Park residents fear that the arrival of some conservation training buildings will spell the end of their home but the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary says nothing sinister is going on.

The residents’ committee contacted the Nelson Mail on Thursday after NMIT building students were seen measuring up a site inside the camp, which owner Nelson City Council is proposing to close.

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Council helps with Gondola study

Published April 2 2014

The Nelson City Council is to give a $15,000 grant towards a feasibility study to create a gondola and adventure park behind the city.

The Nelson Cycle Lift Society Incorporated wants to apply for a Resource Consent for the venture which involves a gondola from the Brook Valley Motor Camp to a point near the summit of Fringe Hill.

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Sanctuary mulls long term – by Nelson Mail


The team behind the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary has not only been raising money but mustering strategic partnerships to help cement its long-term success.

In a presentation to Tasman councillors last week, the sanctuary’s general manager Hudson Dodd and chairman Dave Butler said it had so far raised $4.5 million and sought to secure a further $200,000 to fund pest eradication once the project’s pest-proof fence was built. The current cost of the fence was around $4.2m.

The sanctuary recently secured $1.25m from the Lotteries Grants special projects board and Dodd said it would formally approach the council soon to uplift its funding of $150,000 for the current financial year.

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