Household who gifted Marlborough seaside slams doable quad bike ban

When the Marfells gifted their household seaside to the Authorities, they had been hoping the general public would get the identical enjoyable using their “horse and cart” on the sand as that they had.

 However nowadays, nearly a century on, the household at present fears Marfells Seaside will turn out to be “lifeless” and void of enjoyment if plans to ban quad bikes alongside Marlborough’s east coast are permitted.

The Marlborough District Council agreed to draft a bylaw in November after conservationists mentioned drivers had been damaging the coast, lifted by the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake. Session is ready for March or April this 12 months.

Maurice Marfell mentioned the proposed bylaw, set to bar autos from the Awatere River mouth to the Ure River mouth, was “bloody loopy”.


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The 92-year-old gifted 24 hectares of his land, together with “as much as the excessive tide mark” at Marfells Seaside, to the Crown in 1959.

His grandfather, Richard Marfell, gifted 1.2 hectares to the Crown, in what’s now the seaside campsite, within the 1920s, he mentioned.

“It [Marfells Beach and the surrounding area] was given to the individuals of Marlborough via the Crown,” Maurice Marfell mentioned.

“It is true, quad bikes weren’t considered after we gave the land to the general public, but when they will stroll, then why ought to they not be capable of take a automobile? I can not see them doing hurt on the seaside, as a result of the tide goes over the tracks daily.”

 The council’s technical report, which knowledgeable the proposed bylaw, mentioned there can be “long-term penalties” if uncontrolled automobile entry continued alongside the coast.

The report, which took 18 months to finish, pulled collectively scientific knowledge on the east coast from a number of sources, such because the Division of Conservation (DOC), and Forest and Hen.

It really useful pace limits be imposed at Marfells Seaside and Ward Seaside, so four-wheel-drives might nonetheless launch boats.

Council environmental scientist Peter Hamill mentioned the report didn’t think about the views of the Marfell household.

Tyre tracks on Marfells Beach where quad bikes have been driven.


Tyre tracks on Marfells Seaside the place quad bikes have been pushed.

Brett Marfell, 69, mentioned his father, Maurice’s cousin, recalled travelling to Marfells Seaside by horse and cart, and having “a giant Christmas do” every summer season.

“They used to make use of the carts and journey alongside the sand in these days, however that is gone now. The uplift has modified the world fully … individuals can go proper across the cape now.”

Ken Marfell, one other cousin of Maurice, estimated many of the Marfell household had signed a petition hoping to kill the proposed bylaw, which had gathered more than 1400 signatures.

“My main concern about banning quad bike entry to the seashores is security … In the event that they ban them, then persons are going to go across the coast on small boats,” the 79-year-old mentioned.


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His “good good friend” Robbie Taylor had died whereas boating off the Cape Cambell reef a number of a long time in the past, he mentioned.

His spouse, Shirley Marfell, mentioned it was “ludicrous” for the council to say quad bikes had been “annihilating” dotterels and their nests.

“There are only a few quad bikers, not tons of of hundreds of autos. If the ban’s permitted, the seaside will turn out to be lifeless, and no-one will get enjoyment out of it,” Shirley mentioned.

Craig Marfell, son of Ken, mentioned there have been methods of controlling motor autos, with out placing down a bylaw.

The Marfell family fears the proposed quad bike ban could make their old haunt "dead".


The Marfell household fears the proposed quad bike ban might make their outdated hang-out “lifeless”.

“The seaside is a public street, the place police can and do go on and test … Even on the street individuals break the regulation. You are by no means going to have the ability to cease everybody from doing that.

“It isn’t a council concern, it is a policing concern.”

The technical report mentioned the coast was an ‘unformed authorized street’, which meant the council might cease the street, prohibit or limit automobile use, or impose pace limits on the street.

“This [proposed bylaw] is taking away individuals’s rights. I believe if this was permitted, there can be knock-on results in all of New Zealand, so we have to take this critically,” Craig mentioned.

The report additionally mentioned the east coast was dwelling to the crimson katipō, New Zealand’s solely native venomous spider, which was declining in numbers resulting from a lack of vegetation above the excessive tide mark.

A draft bylaw can be taken to the council in February or March, earlier than a month-long session from March or April.

The Marlborough District Council is looking to ban vehicles from 45 kilometres of the region's east coast.


The Marlborough District Council is seeking to ban autos from 45 kilometres of the area’s east coast.