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In May 2018 the Tauranga City Council (TCC) proposed new bylaws to apply to users of Papamoa Beach, Bay of Plenty.
TCC issued two documents, a Statement of Proposal and Draft Beach Bylaws. The bylaws sought to clarify beach usage, addressed fishing and vehicles on beaches.
The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council has four clubs representing over 5000 affiliated members who have regular access to Papamoa beach. A written submission was made to the Tauranga City Council in June and an oral submission was made at a hearing in July 2018.
Approval notice. Tauranga CC. 3 Dec 2018
Tauranga City Council advice that the bylaw has been approved and will be effective on Bay of Plenty beaches from 1 December 2018. Tauranga CC. 3 December 2018.
Bylaws approved. Article. NZ Herald. 21 Sept 2018
The Tauranga City Council has updated it bylaws applying to Papamoa Beach. New rules apply to longliners and kontiki users. NZ Herald article. 21 September 2018.
Bylaw approval. Tauranga City Council. 18 Sept 2018
Bylaw approved by the Tauranga City Council restricting the use of longlines and kontiki during certain hours and days. Bylaw applies from 1 December 2018.
Bylaw article. Bay of Plenty Times. 24 July 2018
Article outlining the various views on the proposed changes to the bylaws applying to Papamoa Beach. Bay of Plenty Times. 24 July 2018.
Bylaw review. Presentation. NZSFC. 19 July 2018
Oral submission to the hearing panel considering the draft beach bylaw to apply to Papamoa Beach. Presentation by NZSFC Vice President Peter Campbell. 19 July 2018.
Article. Long line fishing. BOP Times. May 2018
Article outlining concerns that recreational activities on Papamoa Beach may be limited due to a new bylaw. Bay of Plenty Times. May 2018.
Submission. NZSFC. 14 June 2018
Submission advocating public fishing access to Tauranga beaches must be maintained. Submission proposes a simple Code of Practice for fishers using kontiki, drone or kite longline gear. New Zealand Sport Fishing Council and affiliated clubs. 14 June 2018.
Beach bylaw draft. Tauranga CC. May 2018
The Tauranga City Council draft beach bylaws issued for consultation with the public. Written submissions were due by 15 June 2018. The TCC will hold a hearing for oral submissions on 17 July 2018.
Bylaw consultation. Tauranga Council. May 2018
The Tauranga City Council is reviewing the Beaches Bylaw 2007 and seeks to apply restrictions on vehicles use on beaches, clarify rules around use of fishing gear and address other matters. Tauranga City Council. May 2018.