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DoC Clifton Motor
Camp's last straw?
No way in: A battle to get access to the assets still stuck in the closed Clifton Motor Camp has struck a road
block, in the form of the Department of Conservation.
By DIANE JOYCE
It's getting to be a joke. We
have been talking to DOC
about this since June last year.
I just wish we could get
everyone around the table at
the same time to sort it out.
The Department of Conser-
vation may be what stands
between what is left of Hastings
Clifton Motor Camp and the lat-
ter drifting out to sea.
At a regional council com-
mittee meeting last week, acting
chief executive Liz Lambert said
one of two affected parties to a
consent application asking for
permission to shore up the only
road into the camp had declined
That would trigger a formal
process that could take weeks,
time the camp did not have as
the sea kept clawing lumps of
land off it, Clifton Reserve
Society chairwoman Dionne
The other party, neighbouring
farmer Angus Gordon, had given
The society and Hastings Dis-
trict Council last month applied
for consent from the Hawke s
Bay Regional Council to put a
boulder barrier between what
was left of the camp road and
That would allow them to
remove assets, such as the
ablution block and caravans, to
the much less vulnerable num-
ber two campsite, which the
society planned to expand.
The number one camp had
lost about 30m (including a sec-
ond 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 department s refusal to
give permission meant a formal
process would start, involving a
limited notification and sub-
mission period, and a hearing.
That could take weeks.
Ms Thomas said that would
probably be too long for the
camp, given the rate of loss.
It s getting to be a joke. We
have been talking to DOC about
this since June last year. I just
wish we could get everyone
around the table at the same
time to sort it out.
Department regional manager
Chris Lester said he was not
convinced that all other options
for removing the camp s assets
had been explored.
Citing the central Govern-
ment s New Zealand Coastal
Policy, Mr Lester said more
investigation was needed.
The camp occupiers are in a
hurry and want to get their
buildings out. I understand that
but there are some requirements
of the coastal policy we would
want to be sure are fulfilled.
Mr Lester said he was abso-
lutely concerned that the depart-
ment could be the reason for the
rest of the camp washing away.
We re investigating this
urgently. We ll do our best to get
a decision as fast as possible.
Leaking claim report
By DIANE JOYCE
A report on the progress of the
regional council s claims over its
leaky building has been asked for by
The $2 million involved and the
extent to which we re going after
Napier [City Council] meant coun-
cillors should be kept up to date with
progress, Hawke s Bay regional
councillor Murray Douglas said.
Councillor Liz Remmerswaal told
the council s latest meeting that the
construction company that had built
council s head office in Napier had
gone into liquidation.
Asset manager Mick Adye told the
meeting that being forewarned about
the likely failure of Herbert Con-
struction meant staff had lodged
action against five other parties
involved in the construction, includ-
ing Napier City Council.
He said the liquidation meant
there was no chance costs could be
claimed from Herbert Construction
and the other parties are the ones
we ll need to recover costs from .
Herbert Construction was put into
liquidation at the end of July, owing
more than $3.6m.
At that time, regional council
interim chief executive Liz Lambert
said the liquidation might reduce the
amount the council could recover.
It is expected to cost $2.2m to
repair the $10m building.
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