Council Supports Continued Public Access at Waikawau Boat Ramp 24 December 2012 Thames-Coromandel District Council continues to await the outcome of negotiations between the Crown and local iwi Ngati Tamatera over the Waikawau Reserve and Boat Ramp. "Our Council supports the continued use of the Waikawau Boat Ramp as a strategic and safe entry and exit point for recreational boats into the Hauraki Gulf on the Western Seaboard," says Chief Executive David Hammond. Our Council is not a legal party to the negotiations between the Crown and Ngati Tamatera over the eventual ownership of the land. "We have been very open about our position which is supporting the future public access to the reserve and the future of the boat ramp," says Mr Hammond. Council looks forward to direct discussions with Ngati Tamatera about those aspirations in the New Year. It is Council's understanding that Ngati Tamatera is not averse to this continued use either.