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Locked Gates Over Unformed Legal Roads


“The law is clear that landowners cannot put lock gates
over unformed legal roads”, says Walking Access Commission
chief executive Ric Cullinane. Landowners cannot put gates,
locked or unlocked, on unformed legal roads without the
permission of councils and if they do, the gate has to have
a sign letting people know it continues to be public
access.

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission Ara
Hikoi Aotearoa is the Crown agent responsible for outdoor
access issues.

Cullinane says the gate at the centre
of the Mahia public access dispute is a shame.

“The
council is doing a good job representing the law to the
landowners. Locals and tourists have the right to walk
freely on unformed legal roads.

Cullinane says the
landowners are best to negotiate with locals and the council
to find a solution that affirms that legal right but
addresses some of the concerns the landowner might
have.

“We have a lot of experience with these sorts of
problems. There are often many other ways to address the
concerns landowners have without removing people’s outdoor
public access – these might involve fences, signs or
restrictions on some dangerous activities.”

“We’d
advise the landowner to give us a call so we can find a
sustainable long-term solution that works better for
everyone and gets the community and the landowner working
together, rather than
angry.”

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