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Dog exercise area proposed for popular windsurfing & kiteboarding location

Popular sailing spot in a southerly is about to have a fenced dog exercise area attached to it without consultation. The area in McEwan Park, Petone is one of the most popular locations for beginner/recreational windsurfing and kiteboarding in Wellington, and one of the few locations sailable in a southerly wind.
Users of this area know that people exercising dogs in this area are already a problem with little respect for the other users. The council is planning to fence off a grassed area used for rigging , launching and practising kite flying. The area will attract many more dog owners, creating parking problems in a location which is already used to capacity on a good day. Besides the windsports users the area is used by numerous others for sports activities.

Christchurch Estuary Survey

The Christchurch City Council is currently reviewing provision for public participation in recreation and sport at the Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai. As part of this process it is requested that anyone that may have done any windsport on the Estuary complete a survey to understand use of the Estuary.
The survey can be accessed via the link below:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EstuaryWindsportReview
If the link is not working for any reason, please try copying the address above and pasting it into the address field on a web page.

Submission on Proposed Northern Pegasus Bay Bylaw 2015 - Windsurfing NZ

One function of Windsurfing NZ is to represent and advocate on behalf of windsurfers, or in the case of the South Island clubs, windsports enthusiasts :-). In keeping with this a submission has been made in regard to the above bylaw proposal. The main thrust of the submission is that (a) a compromise solution is possible, with reference to the Ruakaka Beach issue (read the submission), and (b) it's better to have users with a vested interest active in the area to help police any bylaws, rather than ban everyone and have little or no monitoring.

PROPOSED NORTHERN PEGASUS BAY BYLAW 2015

Dear Sir/Madam,

PROPOSED NORTHERN PEGASUS BAY BYLAW 2015

The Northern Pegasus Bay Bylaw controls activities on the beaches located within the Waimakariri District Council for the benefit and enjoyment of all users and to minimise environmental impacts arising from these activities. The beaches within the District include Kairaki, Pines, Woodend, Waikuku and Pegasus beaches.

The 2010 Bylaw has been reviewed as required by the Local Government Act 2002 and a number of changes are proposed for the Northern Pegasus Bay Bylaw 2015.

Help us shape the future of Whitireia Park

Over the next couple of months we are asking for comments that will help us to develop a new management plan for Whitireia Park.

Located in the Porirua Basin, Whitireia Park is a prominent headland with amazing views for those who walk, bike, rock climb, play golf take a picnic, swim at the Park or even live nearby. It is similar to other regional parks in that it is much larger than city parks and offers adventure in an unmanicured environment. It's home to some unique plants and there are a number of restoration efforts underway. Not to mention, it has a long Maori history dating back to Kupe's canoe anchoring here and in more recent years home to Ngati Toa.

Hauraki Gulf Use and Values Survey

Hauraki Gulf Use and Values Survey running from 3 March until 21 April 2014.
The survey is being run by AUT PhD candidate Rebecca Jarvis who is studying conservation social networking in the gulf under Dr Barbara Breen. The survey is not specific to conservation, however, and covers all uses and values.

Canterbury Windsports Assn. - Scott park Master plan - submissions close 22 November

Just a reminder, if you have not filed a submission, would you please take the time to do this in favour of the existing proposed plan. The Coastal Pathway group have forced a special meeting this Monday which I will be attending with Allan Taylor from Groundswell to defend our position to retain the existing proposed plan.

Our main focus is on four main points to reinforce our reason for proposing to run the pathway along the existing footpath area beside the road:-

CWA - Christchurch Coastal Pathway proposal submissions requested

CWA wants you to send in a submission regarding opposing, in particular, the pathway going through the centre of Scott park or around the edge of the estuary as their intention is to recommend this (by 17th April). http://www1.ccc.govt.nz/HaveYourSay/ConsultationView.aspx?ConsultId=903

CLEAN UP the WORLD

Sat 15 Sep 2012
Christchurch

Help tidy up the estuary from 10.30am - meet at Estuary Kite/Windsurf park off Linwood Ave. Rubber gloves & plastic rubbish bags provided.

Actions and Advice on Aquaculture

Yachting New Zealand has received a lot of feedback from our recent position paper on aquaculture. It is great that while publicising the issues and our position on this subject that we are also raising awareness.

YNZ encourage clubs to get in contact with their regional council to see how they can have input in to the process. This could be done in a number of ways including suggesting changes to the Regional Coastal Plan, being added to the Interested Parties list for new applications, or making submissions on applications in your area.

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