"This is a great opportunity to take your vehicle off road for the first time under controlled conditions, whether you have ever been off-road before or not, come along and give it a go while at the same time doing something that assists
the environment." said 4WD enthusiast Mike Hirst.
The event will start at 10am with a short briefing within the carpark adjacent to the northern Muriwai beach access (just past the Muriwai Golf Course). People are encouraged to bring spades. Every participating vehicle will receive an information pack
and be organised into groups for planting and clean-up.
A barbecue after midday will conclude the event. The event will take place rain or shine, promises Ana Lovell, the ARC officer involved in the event organisation.
"The day is an opportunity for us to meet 4WD owners and to highlight the fragile parts of the environment to vehicle drivers, such as bird breeding sites and eroding sand dunes, and to discuss appropriate speeds and places to go," said
"Responsible use of vehicles on beaches will help ensure continued access for beach fishing and other recreational vehicle uses," said ARC Coastal Manager Hugh Leersnyder.
Representatives of recreational interests, local and regional authorities, the Department of Conservation and Forest & Bird have been discussing ways to enable the growing recreational pressures on our beaches and growing use of a variety of vehicles
to exist alongside other beach users and coastal protection. "We have all been working together to encourage responsible recreational vehicle use on beaches," said Ms Lovell. "We're looking forward to having a great day out on
the beach and we encourage people to come along," said Ms Lovell.
For more information please call
ARC Manager Coastal Environments Hugh Leersnyder, PH 366 2000 ext 7002
ARC event organiser Ana Lovell, PH 366 2000 ext 8192
4WD enthusiast Mike Hirst, PH 0210 474 273.
Also here is a neat weather site, similar to Manukau site but covers all of nz plus antartica, in case anybody is going kitefishing there