Poll: Hands off beach, breakwater

Port Taranaki's owners and managers have been given a clear message: leave Ngamotu Beach and the lee breakwater alone.

   Readers were surprised and horrified to learn that the port bosses were considering new security measures that might impact on public access to the two popular New Plymouth spots. 

 The measures are being worked on in response to last year's dramatic security breach by celebrity activist Lucy Lawless and her Greenpeace colleagues, for which they were sentenced last week.

  But many readers believe the port may be over-reacting. There were more than 1100 responses to a Taranaki Daily News online poll that asked whether the port should be able to restrict access to the beach and breakwater.

   More than 80 per cent said no, that would be a step too far. Just 17 per cent of respondents felt it would be a sensible decision to protect trade.

Today's poll: Should Michael Smither's dolphin mural have been removed?