Guy Burns, Deputy Chair of the Raumati Paraparaumu Community Board is disturbed that Kapiti Coast District Council is threatening to fine people $750 for driving or parking on Kapiti Beaches. Reference
“Prosecution would be based on a 2009 bylaw which has its foundation on wet, soft, slippery sand.
“Firstly; the bylaw also upholds customary rights — and the right to use the beach as a road has been around for over 100 years [definitely since the 19th century, see this map from 1886 – Eds]
“Secondly; the beach was once a highway known as the Old Coach Road and ownership of the area is confusing and unclear. There may be no legal foundation for the bylaw (or prosecution) on parts of the beach.
“Thirdly; KCDC contractors and staff regularly drive on the beach.
“I urge KCDC to reconsider their threats against locals, whanau and visitors to Kapiti Coast and amend their draconian bylaw.”