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Published: 2012-12-03 00:00:00

Waikato Regional Council is to shortly take action against about half a dozen unauthorised boat moorings on the Purangi River near Cooks Beach on the Coromandel.

It follows repeated warnings about the need to get authorisation for them.

The council’s navigation safety team will remove the moorings, which involve an anchor, a chain and a buoy for boats to tie up to.

“Boaties are required to get consent for any permanent mooring in the coastal marine area,” said coastal programme team leader Amy Robinson.

About six years ago the council did a campaign to get boaties to seek the required authorisation for moorings in the Cooks Beach/Purangi River area, and many did. More publicity was given to the issue earlier this year, resulting in several more boaties going through the authorisation process.

“We now feel we’ve given the remaining owners who haven’t got authorisation enough time and so we’ll shortly be acting to remove the unauthorised moorings,” said navigation safety manager Nicole Botherway.

“Unauthorised moorings can be a potential hazard to navigation safety, and it’s also unfair not to act against them given that other boaties have followed proper process and got authorisation.

“We have given everyone plenty of time to sort this out with us but now we are obliged to act.”

Anyone wanting more information about the rules and the authorisation process can call the council’s coastal resource use team on 0800 800 401.