Plea for Rapaki parking donation

21:38, Feb 17 2009

Rapaki Maori are asking for donations from beach visitors parking on their land.

Rapaki bay on Banks Peninsula is a popular spot among Cantabrians for swimming and soaking up the sun.

The land is owned by Rapaki Ngai Tahu people, who for years have allowed people free access to the bay and free parking.

However, one Rapaki resident, who did not want to be named, said the large number of cars parked there on hot weekends was a nuisance because many residents were unable to find a space on their own properties.

Many properties had now been closed off and landowners had decided to start asking for donations for parking, she said.

"It's not a charge; we are asking for a donation. Most people are regulars here and they don't have a problem," she said.


"We have had people put $20 in, and for a donation I think that's brilliant."

Maori had no plans to close the bay off or not allow parking on their land, she said.

The proceeds will go towards the $4 million development of a whare whakairo (carved meeting house) to replace the ageing Runaka Hall, Te Wheke, at the bay.

Te Wheke will be pulled down during the first weekend in March, and work on the new meeting house will start in May.


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