IMPORTANT: Gate to Kario Club launch now locked

Hi all,

Last season there were a couple of fires in the pines near the Karioitahi hang glider launch ("Club launch"). Gavin Shine, the lease-holder of Castaways, has concerns about people setting fires in the reserve area that could threaten his business and the safety of his staff and guests. As a move to reduce this risk, Gavin has informed us that as of Thursday November 24th, the gate adjacent to Chalet 18 and at the start of the track up the hill will be locked.

The AHGPC does not agree with Gavin's decision to lock the gate. We are being forced to either use the key or not be able to transport our gliders and gear up to the public reserve by vehicle (which effectively prevents hang glider pilots from using the site and significantly inconveniences many paraglider pilots). Auckland Council, who own the land, have been informed of this development.

We are able to get a key for the padlock cut and distributed to the appropriate pilots and Castaways will also have a few sets that will remain in the Castaways Resort office and which all pilots can sign in and out daily. Please ensure that these keys are returned each day.

If stopping to sign out the key, please do not use the staff toilet at the Castaways Resort office. There are public toilets on the beach AND some cleaner ones at the beginning of Kariotahi Rd in Waiuku just past the roundabout on the left.

IMPORTANT: Please comply with the 5 km/h speed limit when you drive on the sealed roads at Castaways. Gavin has alleged that some Club members are driving at well over this speed.

Finally, if you would like your own key then please contact John Burton, the Karioitahi Site Monitor, at: jeburton@xtra.co.nz

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