With the Labour Weekend break upon us, and a fine weekend forecast, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is reminding people that driving on the foreshore or seabed is a breach of its regulations.
The regulations, which also include intertidal rock platforms, cover the southern coast between Kairakau and Blackhead beaches.
A Regional Council spokesperson said driving on the reef damages the species that live on it, and recovery can take several years.
Anyone who sees a person breaching the rules is advised not to confront them directly, but to take a photo of the vehicle with its registration plate, and where possible an image of the offenders.
The Council spokesperson said a location photo pin drop is also advised.
Breaches can be reported to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.
After two years of disruption due to COVID-19, the three-day Hawke’s Bay A & P Show got underway yesterday.
Up to 30,000 visitors are expected through the gates of the Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds for the event, with nearly all of the traditional attractions and sideshows making a welcome return.
A family of four pass is priced under $40, with adults $16.38 per ticket, senior citizens $10.25, children 5-12 $8.20.
The under-5’s are free.
Te Whatu Ora – Te Matau a Maui Hawke’s Bay has relaxed its visitor policy across of all its facilities around the region, including the Central Hawke’s Bay Health Centre.
There is no age restriction on visitors, and most patients can now have more than one visitor, except at Hawke’s Bay Hospitals Emergency Department.
Visitors aged 12 and over are still required to wear a cloth or surgical mask on site.