Opinion: Fighting crime vs patrolling Karioitahi Beach

It seems that confusion still reigns over the policing of Karioitahi Beach.
Since late October 2015, the number of stories that I have written with regards to ongoing ‘activities’ on the beach, the rules and the regulations surrounding the ‘permits’ accumulate to an average one per every six months.
However, it seems as though people still need to be reminded that those with permits are dealt with by Auckland Council, and non-permitted illegal behaviour is enforced by Police.
Time and time again, our articles reiterate the same message — under the Land Transport Act, Karioitahi Beach is a legal road, so all road rules apply. Who allows vehicles to be driven on our beach? Auckland Council does. But to be able to legally drive your vehicle there, you must have a permit, which is obtained through Auckland Council.

Can the Police enforce the permits? No, they have no power to — this must be completed through council.

The question I raise is this – how many of you have contacted Auckland Council with your concerns over Karioitahi Beach? Or is it easier to point the blame to the Police for ‘not doing their job?’
My answer to this is really quite simple – no permit, no access to beach, so no need for our Police to intervene.
The next question I ask the community is this – would you rather your Police focus their sole attention on patrolling a beach, or fighting crime in our area?
I know what I would prefer. If I am being completely honest, I believe Karioitahi Beach should have public vehicle access removed completely.
We all are demanding a change to our beach, to prevent these incidents from happening before a serious injury or a fatality occurs. Yet, what are we actually willing to do about it? Pointing blame is not the answer. Telling our local Police that it is entirely their responsibility is also not the answer. We, the community, need to action a change.
And that change begins with you. This means taking responsibility and educating ourselves, our families and our friends about the rules and the regulations surrounding the beach. Change begins by voicing your concerns to our local board, with our local members of Parliament and by making submissions to Auckland Council.
You may believe that your view, your complaint, your query, your concern wont make a difference, but all it takes in the one step to advocate for a change.
If you are not willing to take action, then the cycle will continue.

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