Further closures proposed for Pakiri beach

Walkers on the national Te Araroa Trail will be looking for an alternative route between Te Arai and Pakiri following a decision by the landowners along the route to stop further access.

About 1.5km of the beach is privately owned by the Pakiri G Ahu Whenua Trust, representing 173 Māori owners.

Trust chair Wayne Greenwood says they were not consulted before the route along the beach from Te Arai to Pakiri was put in and, over the years, walkers have shown disrespect for the environment.

He says this includes using the sand dunes as a toilet, littering, flying drones next to signs...

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