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The Kāpiti Coast District Council is reviewing their 2009 beach bylaw. Currently, its stage is at the Formal consultation, which runs for five weeks from October 12 to November 13.
After 10 years of the current bylaw being in place, and in accordance with legislation, Kāpiti Coast District Council is reviewing the bylaw to make sure it is fit-for-purpose for the next decade.
The Formal consultation is required by the Local Government Act 2002, which allows the community to have a say on how beaches are managed in the best way for everyone to enjoy.
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Hearings will be followed up during late November.
The bylaw summary will be focusing on how people behave on the beach, how dumping litter or green waste on the beach is unacceptable, harvesting sand, stones and wood. Other factors to the review will look into Life Saving, the impact of vehicles driving on the beach and also horses.
The Beach Bylaw is one of several pieces of national, regional and local rules that govern the Kāpiti coastal environment. It works with and is subject to a range of rules under transport, marine and conservation Acts, regional council regulations and customary rights provisions. The Police and Fire and Emergency also play a role on New Zealand beaches.
What the bylaw doesn’t mention is the excessive Cloudy Bay Clams operation near Otaki which has been a big issue in recent times.
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