Auckland Council’s Governing Body on 27 November 2015 approved new dog access rules for Point Chevalier Beach.
The new rules aim to balance the needs of those who do and don't own dogs.
For this summer, the existing rules are now in place. These allow dogs:
- under control, on a leash before 9am and after 7pm on sand
- under control, off a leash before 9am and after 7pm in the water
- prohibited on the beach at all other times
Then the new rules come into effect on Tuesday 29 March, 2016, the day after Easter Monday.
Outside of summer (from Easter 2016), dogs will be allowed:
- under control, off a leash before 10am
- under control, on a leash from 10am to 4pm, and
- under control, off a leash after 4pm.
During summer, from Labour Weekend 2016 to 31 March 2017, dogs will be allowed:
- under control, off a leash from 5am to 9am, and
- under control, on a leash from 7pm to 5am.
Dogs will be prohibited on the beach at all other times (from 9am until 7pm).
The Albert-Eden Local Board has decided on new rules after considering 336 submissions, including 90 which were initially misplaced due to an administrative error.
“The new rules meet the greatest identified needs expressed by the dog owners, which is the ability to have dogs swim and use the Point Chevalier Beach off leash (and under control) in the early morning during summer, while retaining the greater part of the day for other people using the beach,” says board chair Peter Haynes.
The decision will be reported to the council's Governing Body on 26 November.