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The significance of some natural areas in Tamahere, including on private land, are likely to get a bit more, well, significant.

The Waikato regional and district councils are currently identifying significant natural areas (SNAs), which could contain threatened species or rare types of habitat, and some landowners are about to be advised by mail of potential SNAs on their property.

Tamahere is the last area in the Waikato district to be mapped for SNAs, Tamahere district councillor Wally Hayes told this week’s Tamahere Community Committee meeting.

Advisory letters to landowners, which will include a property map, are set to be mailed on September 21. The district council will follow the mail-out with six open days at which landowners will be able to discuss whether the assumptions made about their properties are correct.

It was really important for residents to follow up on the letters, the committee said. If landowners disagreed with the information contained in them they needed to let the council know.

The council would endeavour to contact anyone they didn’t hear from to ensure its information was correct before any areas were deemed SNAs but there were no guarantees this would occur in every case.

Once SNAs are identified the regional and district councils councils decide how to protect them in consultation with landowners. This may include the use of rules in district or regional plans as well as funding and assistance by way of rates relief, pest and weed control or fencing.

For more information on SNAs click here.

For the full minutes of the Tamahere Community Committee’s September 7 meeting click here.

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