Moves underway to protect Warkworth’s history

Dave Parker

An Auckland Council proposal to remove a weir across the Mahurangi River has led history buff Dave Parker to establish a group to protect Warkworth’s historic buildings and heritage.

“My concern is that as a community we are losing our grip on our valued historic assets,” he says. “We need a group that is actively involved in the protection of all things to do with our heritage.”

He anticipates the new group will establish a register of existing community groups and record the significant milestones in their history – ultimately creating a master record of everything pertaining to the history and culture of the district. He says several community groups will soon celebrate significant milestones. “Those sort of groups need support and encouragement in a lot of cases,” Mr Parker says.
Council wants to press ahead with the removal of the weir following the release of a NIWA report late last year, which claims the weir restricts fish passage, particularly whitebait.

Currently, Council has no budget available to remove the weir. Rodney Councillor Greg Sayers says Council has promised there will be further consultation with Warkworth residents before there are any changes to the weir.

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