Urgent notice – Your voice needed by this Friday.

What are your thoughts about 24tonne of poison bait being spread from a helicopter within 5km of the Nelson CBD?

Not 1080, no, this substance is more toxic, less humane, and more environmentally persistent than 1080. “DOC no longer uses brodifacoum widely on the mainland because of concerns about residues accumulating in non-target species.” http://www.doc.govt.nz/

It’s secondary poisoning risk is higher, and has been known to kill kaka, robin, silver eye, weka, kingfisher, harriers, dotterel, duck, fern bird, petrel, gull, kakariki, kiwi, more pork, stilt, pukeko, plover, saddleback, shag, skua and tui. (And that’s just the native birds killed and tested positive for Brodifacoum, to list all animals at risk would take all day.)
The site for this proposed drop is of course the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, home to a whole spectrum of indigenous fauna, some rare and endangered.

Unless you are an adjacent landowner, you will not be notified of this or given the chance to voice your concerns. There will be no public submissions, or hearing process.

However, concerned adjoining landowners need your support. If you want to voice your concerns, whatever you have to say can be included in the submission made by an “affected party”.

We want to challenge the notification, and open the discussion that effects may not be considered less than minor.

“Given the national threat status of several birds, the Nelson green gecko, the forest ringlet butterfly and two plant species listed in the AEE and either (potentially) present or to be introduced to the sanctuary, … the preservation or protection of resources in this environment is considered a matter of national importance” – Report commissioned by NCC.

If you want to help, please post your submission to savethebrook@gmail.com by this Friday Jan 22nd 2016.

Remember when an Iwi Leader was caught with 5 dead birds late last year, and faced charges under the Wildlife Act?
Or in 2010, when those tourists posted videos of themselves hunting Kereru, and the outrage that ensued caused them to promptly flee the country?
Why is it suddenly OK to cause the death of an unknown number of native wildlife when you’re calling it conservation? Death by hunting is certainly more humane than death by Brodifacoum…

Brook Plan – Post submisssions.

Hey All,
I went along to the hearing panel deliberations the other day, and it seems all our input has led to some positive improvements! Vision 1 – labelling the campground as an ‘international tourism hub’ is not to stand. Neither for that matter is vision 2.. Instead, a new vision has been drafted, which reads along the lines of;
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Unite and Conquer – Meeting Sat 28th March

Greetings SavetheBrook followers,

There is something happening that you should be aware of.
We at the Brook Valley Community group have hatched a plan to combine with other community groups around Nelson, and are calling for activists / people willing to be actively involved, to unite our resources to hold the Council accountable to its citizens!
There seems to be some systemic mismanagement ongoing within our council, and as its’ citizens and therefore owners we need to do something about it if we want to continue to play a part in how this city grows and develops.
This meeting will be looking at broader issues than the Brook Camp, but be assured the Brook will feature heavily, as what is happening in this valley is generating concern within greater Nelson area also.
With that, I would like to heartily invite you all to attend our first meeting on Saturday 28th March, 3pm, in the Brook Camp lounge.
If your interested but cant attend, just contact us at savethebrook@gmail.com .
Spread the word!

Enough divide and conquer tactics, time to Unite and Conquer!

Storm Fallout…


The Nelson Residents Association predicted this slippage event over a year ago and notified Council, now after this rain damage the feedback has started. Both Councils have invested in the fence, and both may be asked to contribute more money… that means the ratepayers!

If you are a ratepayer, supporter of the Brook Sanctuary, a mountain biker or appreciate the Great Taste Trail write to the newspaper and your council with your concerns.

Here is a Letter to the Editor from Bryce Buckland:

It’s started. Just as many predicted it would. The first rain has caused a 22 meter section of the historic 3rd House track to collapse, crashing over the scarf made for the Brook pest proof fence.

As its 2.8 kilometers from 4 corners, with difficult machinery access, it will not be simple to make 3rd House track usable again. As well, the Sanctuary fence cannot be erected until the slip and huge trees are all removed.

This area of Brook Fence is cut through unstable terrain with a back slope up to 65 degrees. The probability of slope failure was obvious to most and the fence should not have been allowed anywhere near 3rd House track.

I would like to ask councilor Davies, will Brook Sanctuary meet a portion of theses repair costs? If, as I suspect, the answer is nil, it means Nelson ratepayers will pay the cost of damage. With serious weather events now predicted by NIWA to be a regular occurrence, and the fence undercutting the entire 3rd house track, slip damage will continue and Ratepayers can brace themselves for the bill.

Or, have we just witnessed the beginning of the end of the Historic track to 3rd house?

Further comments by Bryce:

Needless to say I am in the “I told them so” mode and I am really annoyed by this first collapse of the Dunn Trail. I sent my letter to the Nelson mail last night. I hope that others will do the same and write to the Mail.

You are quite right about them ignoring the warnings.

The earthworks for the fence line are finished. The contractors were to have finished yesterday and others can be heard banging in fence posts further down from the 4 corners. The cut into the hill side below the 3rd house track is pretty scary. The top side is around 10 meters or more above the fence track, and it’s far too steep to climb down it. It is also overhung with huge Beech trees and they are ready to fall.

I’ve been told that mesh for the fence is not woven mesh. They went for the cheaper option of a welded mesh fence. I have been told that as this gets a bit of corrosion on it, with a bit of age and significant tension on the wires and it starts to un-weld and just a bang with a branch will see wires detach from the welds and the whole mesh simply flies to bits.

The great taste trail may now become unusable and the chaos is just starting. Wait and see what happens when we get a “significant” rainfall event.

Yes the carnage to the historical third house track has begun.

I have had a look at the damage and its 2.8km up the 3rd house track from the 4 corners intersection. The slip has taken out 22 meters of the third house track and slips over the scarf cut for the fence. Had the fence been in place it would have been wiped out at that spot.

This after the very first spell of rain since the fence line cut was made. I have no idea how the council can repair this piece as it will keep slipping. It also means the fence cannot be put in place at this point until the entire slip is removed. 50meters by 20 meters and between 3 and 10 meters high with big trees in it will create a lot of work for the Council to fix all at ratepayers expense.

I am really concerned that this may be the beginning of the end for the third house track.

Will you and others write to Nelson Mail?

Regards Bryce

  • Retrieved from the Facebook Page of The Nelson Residents Association. – https://www.facebook.com/NelsonResidentsAssn?fref=ts – 11/03/2015

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?

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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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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Low standards

The services at The Brook Valley Holiday Park provided by Nelson City Council are minimal despite the remaining residents at the Park continuing to pay their rent in full.

Without an onsite manager or full-time staff for many months, just two low wage part-time workers have been tasked with the duties of the entire campground. They try their best but often work solo and have insufficient hours allocated – and only on week days as the camp is unattended at weekends.

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Land Grab

Construction of a ‘Brook Sanctuary Trust training centre’ and car parking is imminent on ground in the heart of The Brook Valley Holiday Park.

The new DOC/NMIT/Sanctuary ‘training centre’ is a Nelson City Council approved expansion by the Sanctuary onto Holiday Park land. It will completely remove the prime camping locations and effectively disable a significantly larger area of the campground and it’s supporting facilities; dominating the site, disrupting the Holiday Park’s functionality and crippling its future. Work has already started.
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“Acknowledgement of your request for information on Brook Valley Holiday Park”

Better late than never…

Sent: Friday, 21 March 2014 4:35 PM

Dear Justine,
Thank you for your e-mail dated 12 March about the Brook Valley Holiday Park.
We are treating your request for information as a request under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act, 1987 (LGOIMA). We will endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible and no later than 20 working days – 8 April.

Where is the Holiday Park in all of this?

Brook Waimarama Sanctuary – Business Case & Feasibility Study
March 2012

Summary Document and BWST Response 

October 2012


Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Trust [BWST] commissioned this independent business case and feasibility study to determine the viability for the creation of a pest-proof fenced wildlife sanctuary located in the Brook Valley of the Nelson region.

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NCC weeks late issuing notice

14 March – the following note is finally displayed at the camp reception office:

Brook Valley Holiday Park Information
Council is proposing to close the Brook Valley Holiday Park.

It wants to ensure that the costs are kept at a minimum until it has made a decision. The number of campers is diminishing as we move into the colder months.
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Formal request for answers put to Nelson City Council

Below is a copy of the questions that the Brook Valley Community Group officially asked Nelson City Council.

We would like to formally request the following information:

  1. All and any correspondence, reports, documents, meeting minutes and emails, etc. pertaining to the Brook Valley Holiday Park.
  2. All and any correspondence, reports, documents, meeting minutes and emails, etc. pertaining to the Brook Valley Gondola Proposal.

  3. All and any correspondence, reports, documents, meeting minutes and emails, etc. pertaining to the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary leasing/using Brook Valley Holiday Park recreation reserve land; including information around the decision to relocate buildings on to said land in association with NMIT and DOC.
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8th and 9th March
With no staff at all at the camp over the weekend and no-one available to account for their actions at the Council, residents were left without adequate facilities and any means of recourse yet again.

This is not in accordance with Nelson City Councils prior statement: “While the future of the park is considered, services and facilities will be maintained for the people who continue to live there”.

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