Fight the commercial take over and use of Public Reserve in Opua
Fighting fund to continue legal action against the privatisation of public Esplanade Reserve known as Walls Bay Reserve in Opua, Northland.Northland
The Opua Coastal Preservation Society INC was formed in 2014 in response to ongoing failures by the local councils to perform their statutory duties under the Resource Management Act and the Reserves Act, as they have refused to enforce the resource consent conditions set down for the operations of a boatyard that adjoins an Esplanade Reserve and a road reserve at Opua. The boatyard has expanded its activities onto the Esplanade Reserve as well as onto the Road Reserve, to clean, maintain and repair boats on the easement (slipway) rather than just using it to get the boats into and out of the water.
This boatyard's activities have seriously degraded the local Reserve, and prevents the people and visitors of Opua from enjoying the last remaining public, green, coastal open space in the area.
OCPS Inc has taken Council to Court and it has cost many thousands to take this case through 2 court hearings, to fight against the private take-over of our Esplanade Reserve.
We are asking the public of New Zealand to assist with funding, as a hand full of locals have (so far) self funded this battle to protect this public space. This case will establish a legal precedent for all of New Zealand.
More information can be found on the OCP website. https://ocp.org.nz
Use of funds
Opua Coastal Preservation Society will spend funds paying its legal costs to secure this Reserve for public access and use. If any funds remain, it will be spent on the beautification of this Reserve itself.
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This page was created on 22 Feb 2018 and closed on 23 Feb 2019.