Proposed Kāpiti Beach Bylaw meeting heated with new ideas from locals

Proposed Kāpiti Beach Bylaw meeting heated with new ideas from locals

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The Kāpiti Coast beach bylaw review is a heated topic that many locals are talking about in the Kāpiti area.

After 10 years of the current bylaw being in place, and under the legislation, Kāpiti Coast District Council is reviewing the bylaw to make sure it is fit-for-purpose for the next decade.

A specific meet took place yesterday during the evening at the Otihanga Boating Club where Councillor members spoke to locals who gathered as an audience to listen in about the proposed beach bylaw review and submit their own concerns and ideas.

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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 powers 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.

Source: CC/ Sam Hudson

Councillor speakers Guy Burns (middle), Martin Halliday (right), Jocelyn Prvanov (left).

The role of the Councillor speakers at Otihanga’s Boating Club is to listen in and respond to what is being said by locals attending. However, some of the ideas suggested have to be moderated which means that the votes towards that proposed idea has to be a strong point in the debate; otherwise, it will not get voted in around the table.

The best outcome was a term suggested as there wasn’t a way of everybody being pleased about some aspects of the beach bylaw review due to opposed views. Sometimes the answer isn’t what someone might want to hear, and the speakers acknowledged that because it was one of the biggest problems that they have had to face going forward coming up with the best outcome for the community.

If one individual, for example, were to oppose something and 15 individuals were to agree on something then that outcome for the one person that did oppose might not get what they wanted as it’d be a tough chase to win a vote, as said, around the table at the end of it.

The hearing of all submissions is due to be heard on November 26, where members of the local community can speak directly to Councillors on their written submissions which is a great opportunity for all to have a say while they can and also the beach bylaw review is at Formal Consultation which runs for five weeks from October 12 to November 13.

Some of the topics that were talked about as proposals were vehicle activity on the beach in which police are not fining rule-breakers enough, which was a large concern from the community. Other factors of the review indicated that there be a security implementation to track number plates of vehicles going in and out of the beach access points. 

New rules for longline fishing systems, horse riding on the beach, disability access and allowing the use of mobility devices, enabling iwi practices and much more was proposed as new ideas during the meet at Otihanga’s Boating Club meeting.

Source: CC/ Sam Hudson

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Otaki Candidate from ATTICA Michael Kay says that there has been a policy ‘orgy’ in farming after numerous amounts of national policy, and says that the meeting was like that. 

“Basically you have got a whole society trying to interact on the beach, you’ve got people coming from all sorts of different perspectives. These were the people that should of written this policy, so, what we are doing here is putting the cart back behind the horse again, so we are playing catch up. It’s really important,” says Michael Kay.

“The very first thing to take to the council, as council representatives is that the community especially these communities and especially ours in Otaki — if you start doing something that is going to be basically our heart and our soul which is our beach and our playground and you are gonna start doing something, we are the first people to come to, not policy.”

“This needed much more at the front end in the community so that you didn’t have the anger because I’ve got to try and go back to my community where we are much more further strained than your beach communities here. My community and your council does not want to go and actually talk too because the last meeting was so inflamed.”

Source: CC/ Sam Hudson

Mana Candidate for ATTICA Calli Veludous says that the councils should have come to the communities and ask what changes need to be made and then go away and write the bylaw and then propose it rather than creating it before asking the communities about the ideas.

“It was written before and then taken to the community. What should of happened, is actually come to the community, say-right what changes what-ever and then go away write the bylaw and then the consultation.”

The conclusion of the meet turned out great with many locals now aware of the proposed ideas and they can now submit or have their say on those ideas if they need some change.

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If you wish to learn more about the beach bylaw review please read below for more information.
You can read about the Beach Bylaw review by clicking here.

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