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  • Have your say on proposed changes to the Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw 2013

    Aucklanders use public places everyday for playing sport, fishing, flying a drone, boating, having barbeques and picnics, or spending time with friends or whānau at the beach or park.

    Sometimes, people's behaviour or their activities can cause a nuisance or risk to safety that may stop other people from using or enjoying our public places.

    What the bylaw does

    We make rules that protect people from nuisance or unsafe behaviours in:

    • parks
    • beaches
    • civic spaces
    • other places accessible to the public.

    These rules are set out in the Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw 2013, or Te Ture ā-Rohe Marutau ā-Iwi me te Whakapōrearea 2013.

    Have your say on a proposal to improve the bylaw

    We have identified a series of improvements that we could make to the bylaw. The main changes we want to make are:

    • clarifying the expected behaviours and restrictions on people using public places
    • prohibiting people from leaving or storing construction materials, boats, shipping containers and consumer goods in public places
    • clarifying how we make recreational fishing controls
    • clarifying how we give approval or permission for activities on public land that would otherwise be prohibited, like abseiling or landing an aircraft
    • clarifying what public places the bylaw applies to, and enabling organisations in control of those places to approve exemptions
    • clarifying rules about fences and revoking two legacy bylaws about fences
    • using national legislation rather than bylaws to address damage to council property, car window washing, mind-altering substances, graffiti, noise, fish offal, gates in parks, fireworks in non-public places, street names and property numbering
    • moving issues about animals, signage, stormwater and vehicles to existing bylaws (the Animal Management Bylaw 2015 and the Traffic Bylaw 2015).

    Have your say on a proposal to ban the sale of fireworks 

    In addition to the proposed changes to the bylaw, we also want to hear what you think about banning the sale of fireworks to the public.

    We are concerned about the harmful effects of fireworks on people and animals, and the damage to property that fireworks can cause. There is also a high demand for council and emergency services relating to the public's use of fireworks at certain times of the year.

    For these reasons we are asking government to ban the sale of fireworks to the public. This would end their private use, and allow only public firework displays in New Zealand.

    Feedback is open until 5 December 2018

    Before completing the online feedback form, we recommend you have a look at the following supporting information:

    A copy of all feedback will be made public on www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/haveyoursay 

    All submissions received during the consultation will be considered at two public deliberations at Auckland Town Hall, 301 Queen Street. These will take place on:

    • Monday 18 February 2019 from 1pm-5pm
    • Friday 1 March 2019 from 9:30am-1pm.

    You are welcome to attend and listen to the deliberations.

    If you wish to give your feedback in person, make sure you go to one of the Have Your Say Drop in Sessions taking place during the consultation period. Find out more about the Drop in Sessions and other ways to give feedback.


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