There are renewed calls for a vehicle ban on Auckland’s Muriwai Beach after a person died and two others were injured when a ute rolled.
Emergency services, including two Westpac Rescue Helicopters, were called to Muriwai Beach shortly after 2:37pm on Sunday.
It’s been reported the deceased is a teenage girl.
Witnesses told the NZ Herald a ute had been doing burnouts on the beach, with a girl in the back, before the accident.
Two males in their 20s were flown to Auckland City Hospital, one with serious injuries and one in a moderate condition.
Rodney Local Board Chair Brent Bailey told RNZ it is time for “some leadership” from central government so local boards can make rules around access, speed limits and managing behaviour.
“It’s incredibly complex legislatively to change access to the regional park”.
Bailey said there should be greater control over who could access the beach.
“We need to say that only licensed people can access the beach for a legitimate reasons and wholesale unsupervised access is going to be a thing of the past”.
Auckland Council general manager, parks and community facilities Taryn Crewe expressed their condolences after the crash.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred at Muriwai Beach”, Crewe said. “In partnership with Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara, Auckland Council is supporting the implementation of a rāhui in respect of this loss.”.