While much of the Coromandel Peninsula is surrounded by sea and a large percentage is under the management of the Department of Conservation, private landowners have played a crucial role in helping shape and maintain the natural beauty and diversity of this special environment.

One of the Peninsula’s great attractions is its accessibility to the nearby urban areas of Auckland and Hamilton.  This is one of the reasons why the Coromandel is such a popular holiday and recreational area.

The Coromandel Property Owners Alliance (CPOA) has been formed to ensure proposed regulations that potentially affect all Coromandel property owners, whether permanent or holiday home owners, are transparent, are based on objective science or fact and include meaningful consultation with affected parties. 

We want to ensure that future regulation of activities on privately-owned land is balanced against owners’ rights to reasonable use of their property and the resources on it.

CPOA considers that a collaborative and respectful approach between all parties is the single most effective way to harness the goodwill and efforts of property owners so that the Coromandel remains a unique place for residents and visitors alike.

 

CURRENT ISSUES

 

Proposed District Plan

The Thames Coromandel District Council is currently finalising the Proposed District Plan. This new version of the Plan will contain important information about how you can use or develop your land over the next 10 years.  Once approved, this Plan will be locked in for 10 years.

CPOA is concerned that this Proposed District Plan arbitrarily imposes onerous restrictive Overlays across a significant number of privately owned properties. The Overlays, plus the inland extent of the Coastal Environment Line, will have extra rules and resource consent costs.  This will include vegetation clearance, earthworks and building restrictions, among others.

CPOA has actively participated in the Hearings process of the Proposed District Plan over the period September 2014 to April 2015.  CPOA’s submissions, on behalf of its members, can be accessed via the Thames Coromandel District Council website through the “District Plan Hearings Page”. CPOA has also completed a comprehensive submission on the Natural Character Variation, and will continue to be engaged in the District Plan process on behalf of property owners.

CPOA is keen to see a moderate and fair approach is adopted by the Council to ensure a balance is achieved.

 

Send an e-mail to info@cpoa.co.nz if you would like more information about the work of the Coromandel Property Owners Alliance.

 

HOW CAN I BE INVOLVED?

Become a Member of CPOA by downloading and completing a CPOA Membership Application Form either in .pdf format or .doc format.

 

WHY JOIN CPOA?

  • It is a group with which you can share your experiences and/or concerns
     
  • You will receive information on relevant issues brought to the attention of the CPOA and the actions it has taken or is taking
     
  • The group will help you identify restrictions that may be placed upon you or your land through excessive regulation and will advise you on the processes necessary to help you try to resolve them.

 

THE PURPOSES OF CPOA

  • to ensure an effective balance is maintained between the reasonable needs of individuals families and communities and the environment in which they live and work so that ALL have a sustainable future on the Coromandel.
  • to promote the protection of the environment in its complete sense, consistent with the definition of the environment in the Resource Management Act which states:-

environment includes—

(a) ecosystems and their constituent parts, including people and communities; and

(b) all natural and physical resources; and

(c) amenity values; and

(d) the social, economic, aesthetic, and cultural conditions which affect the matters stated in paragraphs (a) to (c) or which are affected by those matters”

  • to encourage public agencies to establish collaborative partnerships, as opposed to reliance on regulation alone, to ensure protection of the environment consistent with Principle 5 of the New Zealand National Biosecurity Strategy 2000 which states, inter alia, that:-

“Respect for property rights, as well as their scope and associated responsibilities is essential to ensure a collaborative partnership is developed between resource owners and users and public agencies to sustain and conserve biodiversity.”

  • to ensure proposed regulations that potentially affect all Coromandel property owners are transparent, are based on objective science or fact and include meaningful consultation with affected parties.
     
  • to do anything, within the law, necessary or helpful to the above purposes.

If this sounds like you, please JOIN CPOA. 

Download a Membership Application Form here - either in .pdf format or .doc format.