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Battle over our beaches
Battle zone: Ahipara Bay at the
southern end of Ninety Mile Beach
where the council now has jurisdiction
to the low tide mark.
By RICHARD EDMONDSON
Kaipara and the Far North
voted against it. We both
had the same question.
What is the cost of this?
Far North mayor Wayne Brown
The community in the Far
North has been wanting the
council to do something about
vehicles on beaches and this
now gives it authority to do
that, on behalf of the people.
Northland MP John Carter
WE LL fight them on the beaches.
You don t often hear Far North
mayor Wayne Brown quote Winston
But the government s decision to
move his council s 2194km coastal
boundary has him all fired up.
Former associate local govern-
ment minister John Carter shifted
the seaward boundaries of 23 terri-
torial authorities from the mean
high water mark to mean low water
springs on May 27.
Mr Carter told Mr Brown in a
letter that shifting the boundaries
would allow councils to manage
public nuisances, such as motor
vehicles, on beaches.
It would also bring the bound-
aries into line with the seaward
boundaries of 30 councils which
already regulate nuisances, includ-
ing dogs and fires, below the high
But Mr Brown is angry that the
government has extended the
council s 7324 square kilometre ter-
ritory without a cost-benefit analy-
We may have 10,000 square
kilometres to administer now. We
don t have any understanding of
His council has argued for years
that it isn t the right agency to set
speed limits on beaches.
Moving its coastal boundary is a
complicated and expensive way of
dealing with a small number of
people who drive dangerously on
Ninety Mile and Tokerau beaches.
This is a huge sledgehammer.
He accuses Mr Carter of ignoring
the wishes of two councils in his
Kaipara and the Far North voted
against it. We both had the same
question. What is the cost of this?
It cost his council $30,000 to
remove debris from Paihia beaches
after a storm earlier this year but
that is the thin end of the wedge.
Those cliffs that are tumbling
into the tide are suddenly ours.
Council spokesman Rick McCall
says staff are studying implications
of the boundary change and talking
to the Northland Regional Council
which has responsibilities below the
high water mark.
The intention is to ensure the
jurisdictional change is as seamless
as possible and that any impacts on
the community are minimised.
The Whangarei District Council
moved its 270km coastal boundary
to the mean low water springs a
couple of years ago and has since
adopted a vehicles on beaches
Environment manager Paul Dell
says shifting the boundary was a
no-brainer and hadn t signifi-
cantly added to council costs.
If council has the authority to
police vehicles and dogs on beaches,
it doesn t make any sense if it can t
do it between high and low water,
New Zealand teams are
coming home with 13
trophies from the Inter-
national Future Problem
Solving Finals held in
the United States.
Two Far North schools
feature among the world
Oturu School placed
second in community
problem solving and
Kerikeri Priamry School
pupil Hamish Hall took
second place in the com-
munity problem solving
junior division -- as an
Other New Zealand
Schools to excel were:
Mission Heights Jun-
ior College, Christ-
church, Nelson College,
Selwyn House and Tau-
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