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'Perfect spot' a last resort
At the ready: Clifton Station owner
Angus Gordon is agreeable to leasing
some of his family's farmland to
expand the No 2 camp at Clifton.
Photo: CLINTON LLEWELLYN.
Different times: A picture of the Clifton Motor Camp around WWII showing possibly less beach and land than there
is today. Mr Gordon said a concrete wall, erected in the early 1970s and extending from the boat ramp to the Clifton
camp shop, was removed by the Hawke's Bay Regional Council in 2009. It was around this time the camp's access
road began to be eroded by the annual winter swells.
By CLINTON LLEWELLYN
If worse comes to worst and the
cut-off Clifton Motor Camp needs
to be abandoned, Clifton Station
owner Angus Gordon is ready to
Mr Gordon confirmed he had
been approached by Hastings Dis-
trict Council about leasing more of
his family's 150-year-old, 800 hec-
tare farm to expand the No 2
camp, further west along the
coast, in a managed retreat from
the main motor camp.
While he was agreeable'' to a
deal, he maintained his firm
preference was for the camp
operators, the Clifton Reserve
Society, to be allowed by the dis-
trict and Hawke's Bay Regional
Council to come up with a solution
to re-open the camp.
We've had the camp all our
lives. It's too valuable to lose. It's
the gateway to tourism in Haw-
ke's Bay,'' said Mr Gordon, whose
grandfather originally vested the
land to the Crown that allowed for
the creation of the Clifton camp,
which opened in the 1940s.
If the main camp could not be
kept, Mr Gordon's preference was
to lease, rather than sell, land
next to the second camp to the
We would give them the secur-
ity of a long-term lease -- about 30
years with a right of renewal -- but
council might not want to lease it,
they might want to buy it.
That's where it could get diffi-
cult, because we're not sellers.''
Mr Gordon had twice come to
the aid of the camp operators, in
2009 and 2010, agreeing to lease
land to them to rebuild the access
road after it was damaged by win-
Mr Gordon suggested a 2ha
paddock at the left edge of the
No 2 camp as the perfect place''
to expand. When we had a big
slip behind the house in 2006, we
moved all the material -- 50,000
cubic metres of it -- from the top of
the hill and the slide and filled in
the paddock,'' he said.
We raised it by two metres so
now it's a safe paddock in a flood.''
A managed retreat to the No 2
camp and an expansion pro-
gramme, or building protection
works at the main camping
ground, were both options
included in the district council's
draft annual plan.
Even if the main Clifton camp
was to be abandoned, Mr Gordon
believed the council was still keen
to provide public camping along
that part of the coast.
There's no other place for a rec-
reational camping ground
between here and Napier.''
Road repair vital for camp access
Dodgy drive: Dionne
Thomas, Clifton Reserve
Society chairwoman, above
the camp's washed out road.
My wish is that at least they let us protect
the road so we can move our assets, and
keep the access to the marine club.
By DIANE JOYCE
A consent that would allow the
wrecked road into the Clifton
motor camp to be shored up has
Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule
confirmed on Monday that the
consent application would be
lodged that day, and that
Hastings District Council staff
had managed to gather a lot of
information to put before consen-
ting body, Hawke's Bay Regional
The regional council said
resource consents had to be
processed within 20 working days.
Last week Clifton Reserve
Society chairwoman Dionne
Thomas said the road was very
unsafe, hence the ban on people
entering the camp.
In places it looked OK from the
top, but it had been so
undermined by the sea that step-
ping on it could cause it to
crumble beneath people.
Mrs Thomas hoped the regional
council would hurry'' the emerg-
ency consent process.
The camp had lost about 30
metres (including a second road
and camp sites) to the sea over the
last five years, she said, and a
couple more storms could see the
shop and more camping sites go.
The remaining access road had
been repaired three times.
Some days I come out and
we've lost another metre from the
day before,'' Mrs Thomas said.
She hoped the road could be
shored up to permanently protect
access to the Marine Club's
buildings and launch ramp.
That would also give the society
time to expand the camp's second
site, west of the main camp, in
case the main camp had to be per-
My wish is that at least they
let us protect the road so we can
move our assets, and keep the
access to the marine club.''
Mrs Thomas, also a member of
the marine club, said the camp
could be moved but the marine
club ramp and buildings could not
be so easily relocated.
The ramp had been placed to
take advantage of two reefs which
gave boaties clear water to launch
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