Fears of overuse as crowds flock to 'People's Beach' at Awaroa

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Newstalk ZB,
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Audio,
Publish Date
Monday, 6 May 2019, 10:00AM
An ecologist and long-time visitor is worried "people's beach" Awaroa, in Tasman Bay, is being affected by impacts from vehicles and tourists. Photo / Steve Trewick

The so-called "People's Beach" in Awaroa is in trouble, according to a Massey University ecologist.

The beach was bought by the public in 2016 after $2 million was raised to save it from private ownership.

It was then donated to the Department of Conservation.

Ecologist Steve Trewick told Mike Hosking quad bikes are being used by commercial groups to ferry visitors to the beach, which is ruining its pristine condition.

He says it's a small beach and quad bikes are totally unnecessary.

 

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