More than 1,000 individuals have signed an online petition against the move of New Zealand’s South Wairarapa District Council to shut down a popular camping spot on the Wairarapa south coast, a report said.
At a meeting last week, council head Harry Wilson said that the Te Awaiti reserve campsite at Tora must be shut down because it was in danger of severe and sudden flooding, which could put lives at risk.
Wilson mentioned a similar incident in Coromandel where an RV at a campground was washed out to sea.
He also said it would be essential to contact people who have used the campsite in the past and that there are alternative camping options available. The site will remain accessible during the daytime.
The petition “Stop The Council Closure of Te Awaiti Reserve to Overnight Camping” was posted on change.org on Sunday and was signed by more than 1,000 people.
Many of the comments on the petition were made by campers who have used the campsite for years with no flooding. Some also criticized SWDC for not consulting.
Martinborough Community Board issued a statement requesting more information and community consultation.
Wilson stated that he wanted to put up signs about the closure before the New Zealand Labour weekend.