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Motorbikes, 4WD users to rally against 90 Mile Beach fencing

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    Eddieb
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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    It looks like we are going to lose access to a lot of dunes at Ahipara at the bottom of 90 Mile Beach due to idiots tearing up the place and having no respect for where they are.

    Read the full story on stuff.co.nz: https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/northland/106033758/motorbikes-4wd-users-to-rally-against-90-mile-beach-fencing

    Motorbikes and off-road cars will rally to “take back the Ahipara dunes” after Far North iwi fenced off five kilometres due to damage from vehicles.

    More than 100 people have shown support for a Facebook event ‘Truck and Bike Day To Take Back Ahipara Dunes’ on August 25.

    Te Rarawa has completed fencing off five km on iwi-owned coastal blocks on the Tauroa Peninsula and Te Oneroa a Tohe [Ninety Mile Beach] to stop off-road vehicles and motorbikes from accessing wahi tapu [sacred places], Te Takiwa o Ahipara spokesman Haami Piripi said.

    “We are putting fences up on privately owned land, and I can’t see how that could be anyone else’s business.

    “The key reason for fencing is there has been too much damage, we’ve had swarms of up to 100 riders at once.”

    Piripi said the whole reserve of several hundred hectares could have been fenced off.

    “We have been generous.”

    Unique botanical species, such as an endemic Hibiscus species and taro plantations, which link back to early ancestors, need to be protected, Piripi said.

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    Eddieb
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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    This has sparked an editorial in a Northland paper regarding double standards between perceived access rights of Moari owned and white owned land.

    Editorial: Double standards regarding M?ori land are shameful.

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