Red tape that has appeared across a beach accessway at Marahau is understood to be a temporary safety measure following erosion in the area, Wakatu Incorporation general manager of property Iain Sheves says.
Wakatu has private land holdings and tourism operations at Marahau.
A member of the public was concerned about the appearance of the barrier. Mr Sheves said he understood it was only temporary, but he was looking into it.
He was surprised yesterday to see a photograph provided by a member of the public, of a "private property" sign on a fence by a pathway. It appeared that the sign had been put in the wrong place, he said.
"This sign should be on the vehicular gate to the west, to deter freedom campers and other unauthorised vehicular traffic from accessing the site."
Mr Sheves said he understood that erosion had occurred in the area where the tape had been put up, and talks were under way with the Tasman District Council on the matter.
He said the management of public access at Marahau could be difficult and was all about balance. While there was a long tradition of public access to the beach, Wakatu asked that people bear in mind that it was private property with significant cultural and social value to the Wakatu owners.
"There is a kaitiaki living on site in a private dwelling who is entitled to an element of privacy and the ability to do his job of managing the site."
He asked that people respect any requests from the kaitiaki regarding their behaviour at the site. "Because of the nature of the site, unauthorised vehicular access is not permitted."
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