After the adoption of the new Kai Iwi Lakes bylaw in October the Northland Regional Council is once again asking for public feedback on the boating speed limit at Lake Taharoa.
The bylaw was put in place to help govern the future management of water-based activities on the lakes after a panel of councillors considered the bylaw submissions and made their recommendations.
“During the consultation period many people said they wanted the bylaw to reduce the 200 metre, five-knot speed limit area on Lake Taharoa and the debate over appropriate speed limits has now triggered another round of public consultation, ” said NRC chairman Bill Shepherd.
Legally the reduction requires formal approval from the director of Maritime New Zealand. The NRC is now further consulting on two options — keep the five-knot speed limit to 200 metres from shore or reduce it to 100 metres from shore.
The existing restriction will remain in place in the interim.
The consultation will run until February 28 and include a ‘Have Your Say’ event on February 22 from 10am to midday at the Dargaville Museum.
Feedback can also be given online at consult-nrc.objective.com/portal/corporate_planning/1proposed_change_to_the_bylaw_for_kai_iwi_lakes/kai_iwi_bylaw2.