Land Information New Zealand has issued title for the land seaward of Dive Crescent, transferring it from Crown ownership to shared ownership between Tauranga City Council and the Otamataha Trust.
Joint management of this area of land was agreed in May 2010 with a Memorandum of Understanding signed between Council and the Otamataha Trust, which represents the interests of local hapū Ngāi Tamarawaho and Ngāti Tapu.
The issuing of the title is the final step in a long process that started in 2003. This milestone allows Council and the Otamataha Trust to kick-start improvements to the Dive Crescent area, to return it to community use.
These improvements will include earthquake-strengthening and refurbishment of the Cargo Shed, safety upgrades, new open spaces, upgrades to Beacon Wharf and improvements to the parking area on the land side of Dive Crescent.
More information on the plans for the upgrade will be shared in the coming weeks.