Little Shoal Bay Management Plan


Every Council is required to have a Management Plan for each reserve under its control. (Reserves Act, 1977).

The aim is to ensure that the development, management, use and enjoyment of the reserve is based on sound resource management through the involvement of the public expressing their needs.

Management Plans set out the objectives and policies for the park, identified and resolved after a full public process of discussions, submissions and hearings.

Once adopted, the Plan may be changed, but only after another full, open and consultative public process.

The LSB Management Plan was adopted and became operative in December, 1997. A hard copy of the plan can be viewed at the Birkenhead or Northcote Public Library or you can download a PDF document here: Management Plan: Little Shoal Bay and Le Roys Bush Reserves

Contents of the Plan:

Part 1:

  • Statutory requirements
  • History of the Bay
  • Bush environment
  • Marine environment
  • Landform, stormwater, geology.
  • Flora
  • Fauna
  • Facilities
  • Landscape
  • Leases / licenses

Part 2:

  • Current use
  • Future use
  • External considerations

Part 3:

This is the really important section setting out the:

  • Goals
  • Objectives and
  • Policies. (pages 32 – 46)  These objectives and policies should be adhered to at all times and not be altered by Council or Local Board in any ad hoc way.

These pages (pages 32 – 46) are the most important.

The maps on pages 57, 59 and 61 are also very important and link to the policies and legal matters including the Resource Management Act and Reserves Act.

Other matters:

See page 49 for the outline of the Management Plan Process and page 48 for the Plan Change Procedure if changes to the established are to be undertaken, whether by Council or the Local Board.

These procedures are required to be undertaken by the Reserves Act 1977.

Adult Fitness Equipment

Please note that the online petition concerning the installation of adult fitness equipment in Little Shoal Bay has now closed. A big thank you to those who signed the petition. You can still make your voice heard by writing directly to Kaipatiki Local Board members.

The Kaipatiki Local Board (KLB) has recently been granted NON_NOTIFIED resource consent to install adult outdoor fitness equipment and associated ground works on the grassy play area next to Council Terrace leading down to the bay. This is despite several representations to KLB objecting to the scheme.

The Little Shoal Bay Protection Society (LSBPS) is against this proposal for the following reasons:

1 Cost: $80,000 is an excessive amount to pay for minority appeal adult outdoor fitness equipment

2 Management Plan: which states that no new built structures are permissible in the reserve

3 Location: on a grassy reserve used widely by the community for a variety of passive recreation activities

4 Safety: the site is near the children’s play area

5 Design: the fitness equipment and associated concrete paths and surface areas will not blend well with this tranquil, grassy reserve, especially in this position

6 Precedence: similar equipment in other parks in the region is unused and broken – see image below

6 LSBPS survey: over 85% of respondents in the immediate Northcote and Birkenhead community are totally apposed to the scheme

7 Higher priorities: first call on funds should be allocated to existing projects, ie drainage, groynes, re-sanding beaches, mangrove management

This is an example of fitness equipment in Marlborough Park, Glenfield.
Do you want this in Little Shoal Bay?

On every visit to this park the equipment was seen to be empty and unused, with this particular item in rather obvious need of repair. How long will such equipment last in the salt laden air of Little Shoal Bay?