Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011
The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 guarantees free public access in, on or over the entire common marine and coastal area and makes it an offence for anyone to interfere with free public access. Anyone can continue to go to the beach and walk, swim, sail, kayak, fish or have a picnic.
The only restrictions on public access in the common marine and coastal area are the reasonable ones that already exist – for example, to working port areas or naval bases, or on recognised burial grounds.
Under the Act, whānau, hapū and iwi can seek recognition and protection of longstanding customary interests.
The Act also preserves and protects existing recreational fishing rights, navigation rights and all other existing uses.
Learn more about the Act at the Ministry of Justice website.