Tuesday 6 December 2022
Henderson-Massey Local Board
OPEN MINUTE ITEM ATTACHMENTS
8.1 Deputation: Maggie Gray and Timothy van der Werff - Food Truck Collective
8.3 Deputation: Ian Wood - Dog control, Marae for Te Atatu Peninsula and Harbourview Orangihina Park Plan
8.4 Deputation: David Tanenui - Te Atatu Marae
06 December 2022
I am concerned over the continued interactions between dogs and local wild life on Te Atatu Peninsula (the Peninsula), especially on beaches. My concern is mostly in the area from Kelvin Strand along the north-eastern coast to the motorway and beyond. This covers several parks, and is home to significant native flora and fauna.
I believe the current Council Policy on Dogs 2019 (the Policy) is sufficient as it is written. The rules for each park as laid out in Schedules 1 and 2 of that Policy could be clearer.
The rules for dog owners in the reserves on the north and east of the peninsula, as shown on the council website, do not reflect the rules in Schedule 2.
Council Web Pages
The Council website shows dogs are allowed off-leash at all times on the beach at Kelvin Strand and Spinnaker Esplanade. The beach at Waimanu Bay Reserve is not excluded, so I could argue that dogs can go into the water along the entire coastal margin where wading birds feed in shallow water and then rest on the sand bars.
The website shows that dogs are prohibited from beach and foreshore areas on Harbourview-Orangahina Park.
Screen shots of the Auckland Council web site.
The rules in Schedule 2
Playgrounds under the control of the council
Dogs are prohibited on any playground at all times and must be under control on a leash in the vicinity of any playground when in use.
Default dog access rules
Unless otherwise stated in Schedule 2 the following default rules apply:
(a)Dogs must be under control on a leash in all council-controlled public places where there are no physical restrictions to access (such as fences or other indoor facilities)
Henderson Massey Local Board Dog Rules
1. Dogs are allowed under control off a leash in the following areas:
59) Harbourview Corner
60) Harbourview Orangihina: the grass area to the West of the carpark, between carpark and Te Atatu Road
79) Kelvin Strand, including 72R Spinnaker Strand
152) Spinnaker Strand (also known as Spinnaker Reserve)
182) Waimanu Bay Reserve
2. Dogs are prohibited in the following areas for the protection of wildlife:
All beach and foreshore areas (except from 72R Spinnaker Strand to north-east beach of Kelvin Strand), including Harbourview-Orangihina area.
Dogs are allowed under control off a leash two hours either side of high tide, on the beach and foreshore from 72 Spinnaker Strand to the north east beach of Kelvin Strand. Dogs are allowed under control on leash at all other times.
· Council’s web page for Kelvin Strand does not accord with the above rule on Beach access.
· The web pages for Waimanu Bay does not include the prohibition of dogs from its beach area.
· Some of the physical signage at the reserves are consistent with the Board’s rules.
What is a beach?
The Policy defines Beach as including:
(a) the foreshore as defined by section 2 of the Resource Management Act 1991
(b) the inter-tidal zone above the mean low water spring
(c) any adjacent area that can reasonably be considered part of the beach environment including areas of sand, pebbles, shingle, dunes or coastal vegetation and includes the adjacent coastal marine.
A difficulty arises when trying to walk a dog – especially when distinguishing the foreshore from the landward part of the park. A simple solution may be to interpret the term Beach as “the area between Mean Low Water Spring and 0.5 m above Mean High Water Spring, but not a formed and maintained path”. Council already has that geo-data, and it doesn’t change the definition, it merely allows us to know where it extends to.
The rules for Kelvin and Spinnaker strands then become very clear:
Dogs are allowed off a leash on the beach at high tide (two hours either side);
Dogs are prohibited from the beach at all other times;
Dogs are prohibited from the play ground when in use;
Dogs are allowed on a leash near the play ground; and
Dogs are allowed off a lease everywhere else including formed paths.
The rule for Waimanu Bay Reserve and Harbourview-Orangahina Park remains as:
Dogs are prohibited from the beach areas.
I wish for the Board to:
1. Receive my presentation
2. Direct staff to report on:
a. Amend the Council Web site to be consistent with the Board’s Regulations, or to explain why that is not feasible;
b. The feasibility of interpreting a beach under the Dog Management Policy Regulations in line with the criteria listed above; to include maps showing the current interpretation and an initial interpretation using that criteria;
c. The current level of consistency in signage with the Regulations and each other across the parks in this area; and
d. How to emphasise that dogs are prohibited from all beach areas other than Kelvin and Spinnaker Strands, such as on the web page for Waimanu Bay Reserve.