Kai Iwi bylaw submission hearing

Northland Regional Councillor Rick Stolwerk, who chaired the submission hearing

The Kai Iwi lakes Navigation Safety Bylaw is now closer to being complete after Northland Regional Councillors Penny Smart, Rick Stolwerk and Paul Dimery heard submissions from the public in Dargaville.

Approximately 90 submissions were received. Of the 11 people who spoke to their submissions, all opposed the idea of a swimming only section at Nobbs point, as it has no vehicle access or toilet facilities. Most agreed on Pine beach and Promenade Point being designated swimming areas.

Boats only being allowed to go over five knots 200 metres from the shore of Lake Taharoa, which is maritime law, was opposed. Submitters were in favour of a 100 metre restriction, which has been the rule previously. Because of the lake’s size and therefore potential for unsafe congestion, they called on council to ask the director of Maritime New Zealand to make an exception.

Boats needing to pay for lake permits was opposed by most, as no other place in Northland requires them and it would be ‘unnecessary bureaucracy’.

Trout fishers, including Fish and Game New Zealand, said that the use of powered boats on Lake Waikare should be allowed, at least during winter as fishermen tend to use small, slow boats. Powered boats are currently banned.

Most submitters were opposed to jet skis, with some calling for an outright ban all year.

The hearings committee will hold deliberations on Monday, September 25, 9am at the NRC Whangarei office. The deliberations are open to the public, however there will be no speaking rights.


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