Te Tumu Cut (Kaituna River mouth) surfcasters and Ford Road boat ramp users have been looking for new fishing and launching spots since the Ford Road end was closed on August 1.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council Kaituna catchments manager Pim de Monchy says the long term benefits will be worth the short-term inconvenience.
“The Kaituna River re-diversion project aims to restore the health and mauri (life force) of Te awa o Ngatoroirangi Maketu Estuary.
It will improve fish breeding areas, and see upgraded recreation facilities.
But to deliver that, we’ve needed to restrict public access during construction work,” says Pim.
Ford Road end and the Ford Road boat ramp are currently closed to vehicle and pedestrian access.
An upgraded new carpark and fishing platform will open at Te Tumu Cut by December 20, 2018, in time for surfcasters to enjoy it this summer.
An improved new boat ramp facility will be available at Ford Road by June 30, 2020.
In the meantime, the Bell Road boat ramp will be the only public launch site for boat access to the lower Kaituna River.
Pim says regular ramp users should expect to see large waka ama canoes upstream more often from now on.
“The Maketu Hoe Waka Club has temporarily relocated from Ford Road to Kaituna River Road during the construction period.
“That means they’ll be training upstream of the Bell Road boat ramp more often than before,” says Pim.
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