Removal of bench leaves locals outraged

A popular wooden seat on the Mount Maunganui beach needs to be relocated before council get rid of it. Photo: Facebook.

A mysterious note left on a popular wooden seat has alerted Mount Maunganui locals to the Tauranga City Council’s plan to get rid of it.

The letter, which was left on the driftwood bench between Sutherland and Grove Ave, said that the council plan on moving the seat and advised the owner to move the seat themselves.

A local resident found the note while she was out on a walk with her kids and posted the photos in the Mount Maunganui Facebook group.

Since then many locals have commented on the post and say they are sad to see it go, with some even considering starting up a petition.

“My family has really enjoyed this and many others it now seems. It is a shame it has to go,” says one resident.

“On no why do they want to remove it? It’s not harming anybody, it’s made of wood, whch was collected at the beach in front and is a nice and calming place. It totally fits there,” says another local.

A Tauranga City Council spokesperson says they have been working really hard to restore the dunes at all of the beaches back to their natural state, which includes removing structures and encroachments.

“The dunes are a conservation area. Any structures there requires a resource consent, as going through the process would mitigate any negative environmental impacts.”

 It is not yet known who exactly made the seat, but a resident says they know the person and will organise for someone to collect it this weekend.



Posted on 30-08-2017 17:13 | By Papamoaner

They’ve probably got the message now and will stay well clear if they have any sense. Sadly, a previous Labour government gave us "Rogernomics" A by product of Rogernomics is the high viz vest and the clip-board, and the rest you know. (and pay for)

PC gone mad

Posted on 30-08-2017 16:22 | By Baystyle

Someone collects a few pieces of driftwood and moves them up the beach and bang! Council needs an expensive resource consent done. Wonder how many work hours this decision took for the important bureaucrat to make his ruling and issue the destruction notice?


Posted on 29-08-2017 21:19 | By BMM

It is unbelievable that council would even consider removing this beautiful creation. Their rationale is quite unreasonable. There are much more important issues...


Posted on 27-08-2017 18:00 | By pnicky

Sounds like we’ve started our own petition with the comments on here so far. Nobody seems to be in favor of this cool seat being removed. Probably because there’s no sensible reason to do so? But as we well know, sensible doesn’t register with local council at the best of times. Let’s keep the comments flowing!!


Posted on 27-08-2017 00:33 | By Capt_Kaveman

this seat goes then the norfork pines should be next

TCC incompetent

Posted on 26-08-2017 19:33 | By Captain Sensible

"restoring the dunes to their natural state" involves killing all the grass (kikuyu) that holds the dunes together and exposing the beach to erosion. Look what the TCC have done to the Mount by spraying hundreds of sq m and then closing the track when the cliffs fall down after every rainfall. Message to TCC; sheep are not natural to the Mount either but that’s Ok because money changes hands.

Ye Gods

Posted on 26-08-2017 19:24 | By rosbo

A seat made of driftwood and built by some benefactor requires a Resource Consent? How ridiculous can you get?

So where...

Posted on 26-08-2017 18:34 | By Me again

does the Norfolk pines originate from??? Surely not from good old aotearoa???.

resource concent

Posted on 26-08-2017 18:14 | By gingerpussy

what a joke, its a seat for goodness sake, its not dangerous or an eyesore or doing any harm...what do they want a resouse concent for? or for that matter why does it need to be removed....concentrate on something more important instead on sitting at your desks pushing a pen...sshheesssh

Driftwood not natural

Posted on 26-08-2017 18:09 | By begesch

It’s made of driftwood, why on earth would it have to go, it’s not a ’construction’ per se, it’s the result of artistic thinking, it looks natural all right.

hang on a minute

Posted on 26-08-2017 14:54 | By old trucker

Golly gosh TCC whats the matter with you, its not HURTING anybody, only TCC staff would like to see it come down, reading that if they want too build something there they need a consent, ARE YOU KIDDING ME,now here is something TCC ive noticed that you have put yellow lines outside BAYCOURT to stop parking there, now did you inform public that you did this, me dont tinks so, you do what ever you want, like spend a $$$$million to pull down old tcc building, it will blow out another $200,000 for things you may have missed,(now) wonder does any councillor have conflict of interest in the DEMO side of this, (just wondering) my thoughts only on this subject, and LEAVE SEAT know what they will send a (CON)TRACTOR) there early in the morning and remove it, if a TCC councillor is involved in this (REMOVE HIM)SunliveWONBESTNEWS,AWESOMENo1,

Trees are NOT Native

Posted on 26-08-2017 13:35 | By Murray.Guy

Spare us from over zealous, unaccountable bureaucrats O Lord! I wish! The trees are not ’natural to the dunes’. Are they next to go?

blow me away

Posted on 26-08-2017 12:07 | By pakeha2

i would have thought council had better things to do than get rid of a charming natural aesthetically pleasing seat ! is it because a big fat donation didnt accompany it?


Posted on 26-08-2017 11:23 | By pnicky

Council sux. Short and sweet.


Posted on 26-08-2017 11:20 | By Manic boy

Only greedy developers are allowed to destroy dunes and the surrounding habitat for their rich mates......... nothing a few behind the scenes transactions wont fix to the appropriate Crony.


Posted on 26-08-2017 11:15 | By Manic boy

Only greedy developers and their ilk are allowed to completely destroy dunes and the surrounding habitat for their rich mates but thats alright nothing a few behind the scenes payments wont fix...............

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