Whereas in order to mark the appreciation of the Arawa Tribe for the public service of His Excellency the Governor-General and Lady Bledisloe and in recognition of the interest taken by them in matters affecting the Maori people of the Dominion, the Arawa District Trust Board has donated the historic landing place of the Arawa Canoe for a Memorial Park:
Be it therefore enacted as follows:
(1) The land situate in the Waiariki Maori Land Court District, containing 9 acres 3 roods and 17 perches, more or less, and known as the Maketu A Section 127 Block, is hereby vested in the Bledisloe Park Board constituted by this section for an estate in fee simple as and for a park or pleasure ground.
(2) The said park shall be known as the Bledisloe Park.
(3) For the purpose of administering and managing the said land there is hereby constituted a Board which shall be a body corporate under the name of
“The Bledisloe Park Board”, with perpetual succession and a common seal, and shall be capable of holding real and personal property and of doing and of suffering all that bodies corporate may do or suffer.
(4) The Bledisloe Park Board shall consist of 9 members, of whom—
(c) 5 shall be persons nominated by the Tauranga County Council, being persons who have permanently resided in the Pongakawa, Paengaroa, Maketu, or Te Puke districts for a period of not less than 6 months immediately preceding the date of nomination.
(5) Each of the said nominated members shall be appointed by the Governor-General for such term not exceeding 3 years as the Governor-General shall determine.
(6) A nominated member may at any time resign from office by notice in writing addressed to the Chairman or Secretary of the Board, or the Governor-General may at any time remove any such member from office for any cause that he thinks fit.
(7) Any casual vacancy in the membership of the Board shall be filled in the manner in which the appointment of the member vacating office was made.
(8) Any nominated member still qualified to act whose term of office has expired shall be eligible for reappointment.
(9) The Board shall have and may exercise in respect of the said park all or any of the functions and powers which by the Public Reserves, Domains, and National Parks Act 1928, or any other Act, are conferred upon Domain Boards in respect of public domains controlled by them.
(10) The Governor-General may from time to time, by Order in Council, make all such regulations as he deems necessary for effectually carrying out the provisions of this section.
Section 8(1): amended, on 27 November 1947, pursuant to section 9(2)(a) of the Maori Purposes Act 1947 (1947 No 59).
Section 8(4)(b): amended, on 26 September 2006, by section 99(1) of the Te Arawa Lakes Settlement Act 2006 (2006 No 43).