LETTER OF THE DAY: Education will help control the island
READER COMMENT: READING Annelies Craig's comments (Daily, August 16) makes me wonder how much time she actually spends on the island and how much fact she is presenting.
I fully support that management is the key, without adopting another country's management solution for Kapiti Island that is 8km long and 2km wide.
Most of my family and friends that have been going to the island for well over half a century will testify that, for instance, at times of the year the beach can lose from one to two metres of sand from Mother Nature, not 4WDs and buses as you suggest.
You will always have the one-off tourist/ignorant camper or young hoons disrespecting this island, but the majority of families, fishermen and campers give it the respect it deserves.
I am just wondering how much of the revenue generated on the island actually stays on the island for its management.
If you have a close look at the rubbish you see on the beaches it would indicate not all but a major portion gets washed up from external sources.
The dingo issue is tragic to say the least but it is being addressed. You can see how the tag along system is working with groups being guided on the beach by responsible people.
More of those lost funds generated from this island needs to be implemented back to the island.
We need this government to employ more proactive staff on the island who will get their hands dirty.
A knee-jerk reaction for trying to ban 4WD, buses and people to visit the island is ludicrous.
I am sure the residents from the island will love walking from the barge to their homes, oh that's if the barge would still be viable.