As plans to convert the waterways in their neighbourhood into wetlands in the name of safety, residents of a Tauranga suburb claim they have not been properly consulted and are making their displeasure obvious.

Caroline Fleming talks to some of those affected by the council plan.

More than 150 Pāpāmoa residents turned out to protest the Tauranga City Council's Wairakei Landscape Plan that plans to turn their beloved waterways into shrub-heavy wetlands.

The plan would see 51 "sediment-retention" wetlands created along the Wairakei stream and stormwater reserve and a new path/cycleway along the edge of the waterway in Pāpāmoa.

The vegetation would "improve the ecology and create a safer environment", a council report said.

However, residents yesterday turned out en masse to express their anger and disgust over the plan they claimed they were not decently consultation on.


However, a council spokeswoman said extensive engagement was