Rocky Bay Reserve

Sections:
Rocky Bay Reserve, Titahi Bay.

Location

Primary Purpose of Reserve?

Suburb?

Values & Outcomes

Heritage Values?

No, but adjacent to Te Pa o Kapo.

Natural Values?

GWRC Key Native Ecosystem.

Coastal wetland area has high ecological values considered rare within Porirua, and significant within the Wellington region. Shore puha - Sonchus kirkii was found growing amongst the storm debris, but its continuing survival on this stretch of coastline is tenuous. Its threat status is now classified as regionally rare due to competition from faster growing weed species.  High natural amenity values due to proximity to coast and relatively undeveloped character.

Coastal turf is categorised as a Nationally Critical ecosystem as it is not only naturally rare but also severely reduced in extent. Rocky Bay contains the largest area of this highly valuable habitat type in Porirua. 

Recreation Values?

Diving and Fishing.

Other Values and Information?

This is a Crown Derived Reserve. 

Utilities (Minor): Stormwater.

Outcomes Sought?

1.  Manage as a low level wilderness.  Protect natural values for biodiversity and ecological functioning through animal and weed pest control and natural regeneration.  Control of invasive karo plants is a priority to support protection of Mana Island.

2.  Control weeds to shift the Titahi Bay northern cliffs area from being weed-dominated, to a naturally occurring, low-stature plant community.

3.  Provide signage interpretation of historic and natural values.

4. Consider future installation of boardwalk to better protect the coastal turf ecosystem from disturbance. 

5. Consider reclassification to Scenic A.

Information

Appellation/Classification

Parcel Area (ha)?

0.09

Scale?

Village?

Reserves Act Classification?

District Plan Zones?

Ground Shaking?

Yes

Landslide Susceptibility ?

No

Tsunami Evacuation Zone?

No

Liquefaction Zone?

Yes

Leases/Easements/Licences?

None.