Our Precious Bay is under Several Threats  –  Your comments please.


  1. Climate Change:

Rising sea levels have resulted in increasing major floods over most of the reserve. The main field (Dudding) has been the most visibly affected.  Some of that field is also sinking as water infiltration increases.

Two solutions have so far been suggested:

  1. Do nothing, and let the area gradually be reclaimed by the sea.
  2. Build bunds around the perimeter of the affected areas and build up the level of the field. (It seems that soil would be available from other Council works.)

Do you favour either of these suggestions?  If so, which one, and why?


Do you have another suggestion?  Please advise.

  1. Council Proposals for Camper Vans:

Council is proposing a region-wide bylaw to deal with the increasing numbers of ‘Freedom Campers.’ This will be published for submissions, probably early next year.

Currently their proposal would prohibit any camping on the seaward side of the road, but would allow camping of non self-contained vans over the rest of the reserve (primarily the Dudding field.)

This proposal would override the Reserve Act Management Plan, which currently does not permit any camping in this reserve. (That is true of most reserves that have management plans.)

Please advise your views on this matter by using the contact us formYour views do matter.


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.

Current Issues

              ISSUES IN THE BAY

  • Implementing Little Shoal Bay Management Plan
  • Protecting and enhancing bush areas
  • Protecting wildlife & bird populations
  • Retention of sand on Little Shoal Bay and Hall’s Beaches
  • Safe environment for families & children
  • Exclusion of commercial & industrial traffic
  • Convenient, well-designed parking areas
  • Improvement of ugly sea wall
  • High freshwater & seawater quality
  • Preventing noise pollution
  • Good management of the Boat Owners Association License & moorings in the bay
  • Controlled management of mangroves