Update 17 June 2022 | After a short pause to make some adjustments to the feedback form, we have resumed consultation on introducing a fee for vehicle access permits at Te Oneone Rangatira / Muriwai Beach. This story has been updated to reflect the extended consultation period and include new advice for submitters. Have your say here.
Auckland Council’s Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee has approved a consultation with the community on a proposed fee-based permit for vehicle access to Te Oneone Rangatira / Muriwai Beach from Coast Road.
Continued seasonal closures of vehicle access to the beach were also approved by the committee.
Auckland Council Manager Regional Parks, Scott De Silva says vehicle access to the beach has caused ongoing concerns about beach user safety, environmental protection, fire risk and driver behaviour.
“We need to find the right balance of interests for all beach users to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment of the beach.
“We also need to put measures in place to protect Muriwai’s unique environment and to reduce fire risk.
“Over the summer, we worked closely with other agencies including Fire and Emergency New Zealand to manage vehicle access to the beach.
“We rolled out a vehicle access management programme that included targeted education for driver behaviour change, improved signage and speed limit changes, continued community engagement and driver behaviour monitoring.
“The results of the summer programme were positive, with the proposed fee-based permit system being an additional tool to control vehicle access to the beach.
Councillor Alf Filipaina, Chair of the Auckland Council’s Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee, says the committee needs to know what beach users think about the proposal.
“We’ve engaged with Muriwai’s community and beach users all the way along. Our priorities have always been to protect people’s safety and limit environmental damage.
“Are we on the right track with this proposed next step? Let us know.”
Auckland Council’s General Manager Parks Sports and Recreation Mace Ward agrees, saying beach user safety and environmental protection is at the heart of vehicle access management to the beach.
“We recognise that beach users have different recreational needs and it’s important to ensure that everyone can continue to use the beach responsibly.
“Having your say on the proposal will help the committee to decide if a fee-based permit system is another measure to achieve this.”
New closing date for consultation
Consultation with the community opened on Monday 13 June and closes at 5pm, Monday 18 July. Have your say at our website: akhaveyoursay.nz
Results of the consultation will be presented to the Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee in September.
What if I’ve already submitted?
We’ve contacted everyone that had already provided feedback on the proposal and have encouraged them to resubmit.
Previous feedback will still be considered, but we acknowledge that these adjustments may change your opinions.
We recommend reading the updated content and feedback form questions and resubmitting.