Northern News : January 26th 2010
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Boards are tasked with consider- ing what sites are suitable for self and non-self contained camping vehicles. Submissions on the reserves bylaw were heard in December last year. The council decided against a blanket ban with a focus on key requirements including access to reserves and behaviour on reserves. A number of controls are already available under laws like the Litter Act. Te Ngaere Bay residents have already launched a petition, although there has been no sugges- tion that the bay should be used for either vehicular camping option. Petition signers say allowing any form of overnight camping would destroy the amenity value of the coastal spot, increase rubbish and pollution levels and restrict its use by the general public. The council needs to consider carefully the impact on not just Te Ngaere but all other small com- munities before bowing to a vocal minority lobby group who are only looking for preferential treatment,'' a letter accompanying the petition says. The petition letter says the re- serve is the front yard view for many Te Ngaere owners and is what creates the value and hence the rates. We pay the rates for this amen- ity value and being on the foreshore it is a valuable but sensitive rec- reation reserve.'' The letter says allowing camping on the reserve would not help the economy -- instead it would under- mine complying businesses by offer- ing a free alternative. Freedom camping is a hot topic this summer in Nelson where com- plaints have been lodged with Nel- son City Council. The Nelson Mail reported that on one day 48 campervans and cars with people sleeping in them were at a park where there are just two portaloos, one water tap and two rubbish bins. The council last year decided to allow campers to stay at the park for two nights for free. In an editorial, the paper calls for controls on a national level. Given that a mixture of the puni- tive and the educative will be needed to tackle those determined to try their hand at bludging their way around the countryside, a set of simple measures from an appropri- ate state agency is called for so visitors are clear from the outset as to what their hosts will consider acceptable.'' The Marlborough District Council wants to set up seven sites for free- dom camping but the move has upset campground operators. The Far North District Council has acted on complaints regarding vehicles parked on Coopers Beach and will patrol the boat ramp. Stolen boat may be in north No joke: Auckland police believe this stolen boat and trailer may be in the Far North. Auckland police believe this boat and trailer stolen from Pt Chevalier, Auckland, on January 12, may be in the Far North. A white Mitsubishi Legnum stationwagon was seen outside the victim's address. The car has noticeable panel damage (dents or rust) to either the driver's door or the rear passenger door on the driver's side. The distinc- tive artwork on the boat may have been spray- painted over. The driver is described as a Maori man aged 25 to 30s, with an athletic build. Call sergeant Russell Richards, western area police, Auckland (09) 820-5723 or 027-435- 3251 with information. No chance for stranded whales A pod of pilot whales that stranded at Parengarenga Har- bour last week could not be rescued. Only 10 of 24 whales that stranded in shallow water were alive when Conser- vation Department staff arrived at the harbour after receiv- ing a call from a mem- ber of the public on Friday morning. DOC area manager Jonathan Maxwell says the number of dead whales suggested they had stranded on Thursday. Mr Maxwell says the whales' poor con- dition combined with the fact that high tide wasn't until 11pm meant chances of suc- cessfully refloating the whales were almost nil.Staff decided under the circumstances to euthanase the whales. If we felt there was a real chance we could have successfully res- cued them, we would have. But sadly the con- ditions were against these animals. The kindest thing was to end their suffering.''
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