August 2019 Update

We’ve been working hard to try to stop freedom campingfix the flooding, and rebuild the beach – if Little Shoal Bay is important to you then please support our work!

Current campaigns and actions

Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw

The Society and the Birkenhead Residents’ Association combined to share strategies, information and concerns at a crowded public meeting overwhelmingly opposing freedom camping on the LSB reserve. Fortunately the Kaipitiki Local Board (led by John Gillon) and  the majority of the Board also strongly opposed the Council’s proposals for LSB. Check our website if you want to read our submission opposing freedom camping in the Bay. The unpopular bylaw has now been abandoned until the new Council term begins.

Click here to find out more about freedom camping in the bay
 

Flooding of the Reserve

Flooding in the Bay is caused by subsidence of the main field, depletion of sand along the foreshore, flooding from rising sea levels, and major storms. Work to retain the playing field as a usable space for both informal sport and cricket is being considered.

Click here to find out more about flooding in the bay
 

Rebuilding the Beach

Rebuilding the Beach is an important goal for the Society by having groynes built to save the remaining sand and supplying more sand on the LSB shoreline including Hall’s Beach. Most other inner harbour beaches have had groynes built, with many resanded. 

Local Body Elections

Voting Day is Saturday 12 October (postal votes must be posted by Tuesday 8 October).

The Committee would appreciate positive action on these serious issues from whoever are elected as the two Council members for this ward, with more sympathy from Council members in general than we have had. Fortunately, this term the majority of the Kaipatiki Local Board showed sympathetic interest in the rejuvenation of our precious Bay and we hope that will continue. We need your participation and support to achieve this.  We look forward to having good relations with Councillors, Local Board members, staff and other community groups during the coming term.

Use your vote wisely! – we hope you will choose those who will support our cause.


Donations and Support

We need your help!

Donations are very welcome as we have costs involved in doing our work. The Friends of Little Shoal Bay membership is $15 per household. If you wish to join the Friends or make a donation online, the Society’s bank account number is:

Little Shoal Bay Protection Society Inc
12-3021-0264543-00


Or if posting a cheque, send to: 
LSBPS c/- Adrian Meys, 22 Learmonth Ave, Birkenhead.

Climate Change Update

Rising sea levels have resulted in increasing major floods over most of the reserve. The main field (Dudding) has been the most visibly affected.  Some of that field is also sinking as water infiltration increases.

The parking area near the Bowling Club, and the Dudding Field.

The parking area near the Bowling Club, and the Dudding Field.

Two solutions have so far been suggested:

  1. Do nothing, and let the area gradually be reclaimed by the sea.

  2. Build bunds around the perimeter of the affected areas and build up the level of the field. (It seems that soil would be available from other Council works.)

Do you favour either of these suggestions?  If so, which one, and why?

OR

Do you have another suggestion?  Please advise.

Some of the current Councillors, and some Council staff favour letting this popular and well-used park sink beneath the waves. That would mean in the shorter term it will be less and less available for its many traditional uses, and in the medium to longer term, it will become completely unusable.  However it needs to be noted that the Council has already set aside many millions of dollars to deal with such problems around the region. 

Furthermore, soil is expected to be available from alterations which Council is to carry out on Greenslade reserve (opposite Northcote Shopping Centre) fairly soon, which would keep costs considerably lower than if the soil had to be sourced from elsewhere.

Council Proposals for Camper Vans Update

Council is proposing a region-wide bylaw to deal with the increasing numbers of ‘Freedom Campers.’ That consultation and decision-making was defective, and so the Council ran it a second time. It is still not clear whether the Council will adopt the bylaw in the near future.

Currently their proposal would prohibit any camping on the seaward side of the road, but would allow camping of non self-contained vans over the rest of the reserve (primarily the Dudding field, or the large parking area adjacent to it.  )

This proposal would override the Reserve Act Management Plan, which currently does not permit any camping in this reserve. (That is true of most reserves that have management plans.)

This Society has strenuously opposed the Council’s intention of any Freedom Camping in the reserve, but we will now have to await the outcome until August, or later.

Please advise your views on this matter by using the contact us formYour views do matter.

Another view on how to fix the Freedom Camping problem - Personal view of the Chairman.

A left over from the previous government, the ‘Freedom Camping Act 2011,' is causing ructions across the country. Local authorities are finding freedom camping and its consequences virtually impossible to deal with, and communities are showing growing resentment.

The concept is unacceptable and unsustainable. It is ill-conceived, anti-community, and anti-environment. Anti-environment because encouraging increasing numbers of tourists to travel here further increases the fragile climate problems, both internationally, and here.

Toilet paper blowing the breeze along scenic routes, plastic debris and other rubbish scattered about, hardly maintains the advertised merits of this beautiful, “clean, green country.” Nor does more and more human waste in streams, lakes or the bush assist our declining water quality.

Although passed supposedly to assist our GDP, this Act is having some unfortunate effects on smaller business like traditional camping grounds.

This confused and confusing Act should be repealed. However, If the government wishes to persist with this ill-conceived concept of ‘freedom camping,’ it should use some of its revenue from its ‘Visitor Tax’ to provide or purchase a few areas of land around NZ for these well heeled visitors and to also ensure close monitoring and enforcement of the appropriate rules on these Government sites.

URGENT HELP NEEDED

UPDATE: Please visit Have Your Say NZ – it contains further very helpful information provided by Jeremy Richards.

SAY NO TO FREEDOM CAMPING

Freedom Camping is Planned for  Little Shoal Bay

Auckland Council is seeking the reaction of residents to a new bylaw that would allow Freedom Camping in Vehicles in many Auckland parks and beauty spots.


We need your help in telling Auckland Council NO to Freedom Camping!

You can read about the proposals by visiting these links on the Auckland Council Website:
About the proposed Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw
Have your say on Auckland Council's proposed freedom camping bylaw


You can send your feedback to the Auckland Council here:
Freedom Camping in Vehicles Feedback Form


Or click this link for other ways to send feedback to the Council:
Ways to have your say about the proposed Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw


TO BE CLEAR: LSB RESERVE IS  PROPOSED FOR SOME FREEDOM CAMPING. IF THAT GETS APPROVED, IT CAN EASILY BE INCREASED.

There are several other parks on the ‘Shore, which are also proposed as bases for Freedom Campers, so pressures on our parks will be quite widespread. You may wish to comment on some of those as well.


Please send your feedback to the Council as soon as possible:

Freedom Camping in Vehicles Feedback Form


And/or send in your own written submission.

For suggested guidance on how to fill out the submission forms click here.

We will provide further information on this website soon, and will keep it updated. Meantime, if you care about our parks, and especially become involved and let you friends know too.

Thank you. Your interest and assistance is invaluable. 

Tony Holman
(Acting Chair.)

New Council Proposals for Freedom Camping

Council is proposing a region-wide bylaw to deal with the increasing numbers of ‘Freedom Campers.’ This has now been published for submissions.

“Freedom camping” means non-payment for camping in areas that are not camping grounds – mostly public parks.

Currently their proposal would prohibit any camping on the seaward side of the road through the bay, but would allow camping of non self-contained vans over the rest of the reserve (primarily the Dudding field and the adjacent large parking area (i.e. vans without toilet or cooking or ablution facilities).

This proposal would override the Reserve Act Management Plan, which currently does not permit any camping in this reserve. (That is true of most reserves that have management plans.)

LSB-Camper-Vans-2017.jpg

Please advise your views on this matter by using the contact us formYour views do matter.

Climate Change

Rising sea levels have resulted in increasing major floods over most of the Little Shoal Bay reserve. The main field (Dudding) has been the most visibly affected.  Some of that field is also sinking as water infiltration increases.

The parking area near the Bowling Club, and the Dudding Field.

The parking area near the Bowling Club, and the Dudding Field.

Two solutions have so far been suggested:

  1. Do nothing, and let the area gradually be reclaimed by the sea.

  2. Build bunds around the perimeter of the affected areas and build up the level of the field. (It seems that soil would be available from other Council works.)

Do you favour either of these suggestions?  If so, which one, and why?

OR

Do you have another suggestion?  Please advise.

LSB-flooding-Dudding-Park-Jan-2018.jpg