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Friends of Cooney Reserve
  • A keen group of workers now meet on 2nd Monday of each month 9.30 – 12md.
  • Primarily work at clearing weeds such as Tobacco, and Ginger and keeping the cycleway clear of vegetation. Despite our efforts, Pampas, Black wattle, passionflower and ginger is still visible from the pathway.
  • The mowing of the reserve although very wet conditions lately, is being mown to a pleasing standard.
  • More dogs on a lead signs are needed on the cycleway.
  • Rubbish bins and Toilets are on our wish list, along with security cameras.
  • The storms of late have eroded the harbour edge significantly. When they add sand to the Domain Beach I hope that they also re-sand this (once was) beach area.
  • The group requested a Program of work by the contractors, in May, So that we can work in tandem with the contracted work, but this has not been supplied.
  • Sadly Alan Fox reported last week, that for the first time in 10 years he counted no birds on the Cooney Reserve sand spit. He attributes this to dog, horse and motorbike disturbance.
  • I continue to set my 3 tims traps with continued success this year. If anyone knows of possoms on their property please let me know and I will be around there with a trap ASAP.
  • On 16 August we have invited the community and the senior pupils from Omokoroa Point School to join us in planting 500 assorted Tenex, Oioi, Wiwi and Muelunbeckia in Area 1, as identified in the planting scheme drawn up in 2014.  It is great to see this project finally underway and the intent is to continue with a new area each planting season.

Jan Mayston


A small group of volunteers continue to meet on the first Wednesday of the month to release trees from Kikuyu grass and keep on top of the Tobacco and wild ginger weeds. The cycle way has recently been upgraded and the muddy section filled with metal. It is heartening to see the huge numbers on the new cycleway, of bikers, walkers and dog walkers. The new dog exercise signage is working to inform dog owners to keep their dogs on leads while on cycleway, unfortunately we are increasingly finding doggy doo bags flung into the trees. Rubbish bins are required as the nearest available bin is in Beach Grove. Toilet facility in Cooney reserve would also be appreciated.

Jan Mayston

With a small, but hardworking team, we have achieved great work in Cooney reserve this year. We continue to keep the pathways clear and remove the weeds such as Tobacco and ginger. With small numbers and no support from the council, it is difficult to carry on. It is disheartening when trees and natives planted are damaged or killed by Council contract spaying. If Gallant was used instead of Glyphosate, the competitive grasses would be killed leaving the natives unaffected.

The Rat bait line through Cooney Reserve is continuing to be maintained regularly.

I now have 4 Tims possum traps which are effective around the district.

I have observed fresh rabbit scratchings in the reserve so an annual or 6 monthly night shoot would be advantageous.

The speed of traffic entering Cooney Reserve is cause of concern. As this entry point is used by cyclist, walkers and dogs, as well as vehicles, then a lower speed limit or caution signage is requested.

With increased usage of the car park area now, it is time to plan for rubbish bins to be installed and serviced, as well as the provision of toilets.

With the new dog Laws being implemented on 14 October I trust that there will be increased signage, on the foreshore, to inform the public of the new laws.

Jan Mayston

It is heartening to see so many visitors, both locals and visitors using Cooney Reserve over the holidays. 5 campervans have enjoyed the area over this last, long, weekend.

Recently a Willow branch fell and broke the top off a Pohutukawa. Kind neighbours released the Pohutukawa the next day and council dealt with the remaining mess 10 days later.

Although the fence lines have been sprayed there is an ongoing issue with morning glory and kikuyu smothering trees.

Safety on the driveway is still a concern. This being a multi-use driveway and with increased numbers of people using it, maybe a footpath is needed as well as the roadway.

Rubbish bins are needed, the closest bin is Beach Grove.

There is a conflict of interest with motorbikes and horses traversing the bird reserve area. Either it is a bird area or motorbike and horse exercise area. Dogs on a lead signs on cycleway are needed.

Jan Mayston

The Cooney Reserve workers meet the first Wednesday of the month and are continuing to remove weeds and cut back the kikuyu that is strangling trees.

Several acts of vandalism and rubbish disposal have been reported. One was reported to the police, as the supermarket docket was found along with the empty booze bottles. Hopefully the police followed up with security camera to id them.

Rubbish bins and toilets are needed in Cooney Reserve, as it is now being used more often by campervans as well as park and walk visitors.

Ginger and Tobacco unfortunately continue to flourish untreated by the council.

On the last walk through the reserve the rabbit count was nil.

We did find two sets of dog prints along the beach within the dog exclusion zone. Maybe more signage is needed here.

Vegetation needs to be trimmed back on the footpaths along Omokoroa Road. The vegetation in places consumes half the footpath area.

Sadly A mature Pohutukawa was recently removed along the Esplanade to Beech grove walkway.