Motorcross mess riles Te Horo residents

BEN STRANG
Last updated 14:27 26/11/2012
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Moto mess: Real estate agent Grant Robertson and Constable Callan Nikora say trail bike riding on a subdivision at Te Horo Beach has to stop.

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Police are cracking down on motorcyclists damaging dunes at Te Horo Beach, as residents complain of constant noise during weekends.

Trail bike riders have taken to the Pukenamu Estates subdivision off Puruaha Rd, using the dunes as a motorcross track.

Constable Callan Nikora said police had received a large number of complaints, with the noise affecting residents in Te Horo Beach.

The erosion of the dunes is also causing concern for Otaki real estate agent Grant Robertson.

"They [the riders] come down every weekend. The subdivision has been here for about five years, and we haven't really worried about it until now because it wasn't being used," he said.

"It is perfect for this sort of thing. But, it's private land and we have two houses about to be built over the next two months, so now it needs to stop."

Mr Robertson said the dunes were to be restored over the next few years, but the constant riding over the now-carved tracks made them harder to restore.

Mr Nikora said the dunes were protected by environmental covenants.

"We can get down here fast after someone reports it, but it's identifying who is riding the bikes that is the hard part.

"We need to identify who is doing it to really make it stop.

"Offenders are believed to be from the Te Horo, Paraparaumu and Raumati areas."

He said anyone found to be riding on the dunes could be charged for trespassing, or unlawfully being on a property, or, "at a stretch", wilful damage.

"We are planning to get signs up, and then they know they shouldn't be here."

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