Northern Pegasus Bay Beaches

Valued, protected and enjoyed by all

Background

The beaches in Waimakariri are special to us.  We go swimming with our kids there, walk our dogs, harvest whitebait from the Waimakariri River Mouth and enjoy the rare native birdlife at home in the Rakahuri Estuary.

We’ve seen that locals are passionate about preserving our coastline, making our beaches safe and ensuring that they can be enjoyed fairly by all. While developing a bylaw to protect this important part of our district, we received almost 300 submissions from the community.  With the Northern Pegasus Bylaw Implementation Plan we aim to incorporate those ideas and concerns into a course of action that will look after our beaches both now and for the following generations.

“As recreational trends and technology evolves, we find people using the beach in new ways, such as flying drones or kite surfing. We don’t want to wrap that up in red tape, but at the same time we do need to make sure usage of our beaches remains safe for everyone and our unique bird life is protected.” ~ Simon Markham – Manager of Strategy & Engagement

This plan builds upon the foundation established by the Northern Pegasus Bay Bylaw 2016 and promotes a vision of council and community working in partnership to educate, monitor and enforce the protection and safety of our precious beaches.

“We actually see this document becoming more important than the bylaw itself.  This has a flexibility that legislation can’t match, which means instead of restricting what beach-users can and can’t do, we ask them to become an integral part of managing our beaches.” ~ Veronica Spittal – Senior Policy Analyst

Key actions identified in the draft plan include improving bylaw signage around beach entrances, developing a series of educational videos, increased enforcement of the Northern Pegasus Bay Bylaw 2016 and holding “beach clean-up” days with user groups such as horse riders. It also identifies possibilities for the future, such as establishing a culturally appropriate site to spread ashes and improving access to the beach for those with accessibility requirements.

This is a comprehensive plan that involves the Waimakariri District Council, Environment Canterbury, Department of Conservation, Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust, Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga, Ashley-Rakahuri Rivercare Group, local Community Boards and Residents Groups.

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Tell us what you think

  • Which actions in the plan should we do first?
  • Do you like the idea of the coastal strip being renamed and managed as a park?
  • Are there things we could be doing that aren’t in this plan?
  • Are you willing to become involved with the future management of the district’s beaches?

Submissions close: 28 August 2017

Want to know more?

Veronica Spittal – Senior Policy Analyst
veronica.spittal@wmk.govt.nz or 0800 965 468