Please make Titirangi Beach swimmable again

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Titirangi Beach is nearly perfect. It's next to one of the few open green spaces in Titirangi. It is sheltered. The water is flat and safe for boating activities such as kayaking and paddling. It has carparking, bathrooms and even a playground and hall.

However it's a long way from perfect because serious water quality issues have caused a permanent health warning to be applied to it since 2016. This means that local children, families, swimmers and paddlers, and numerous visitors from other parts of town, no longer use the beach. 

Recently most of the tracks and reserves in Titirangi were closed due to Kauri Dieback. There are good reasons for doing this but also unintended consequences.

People living here now have to drive some distance out of the suburb to go for a walk or enjoy time in public spaces. We realise that some of the tracks will reopen, but it's going to take time, and for those of us that love being outside, we are very restricted. 

Five of the twelve beaches in Auckland that have permanent health warnings on them are in our local area. By addressing the infrastructural issues that are causing water quality issues both for the beach and Paturoa Stream in its catchment, you can help make Titirangi Beach a focal point and treasure not only for local people but also for the many other Aucklanders that visited before 2016. Additionally, it provides a starting point for visitors using the newly reopened Zigzag track to park their car, next to bathrooms and away from busy Park Road at its upper end.

Watercare and Auckland Council, please make our very special beach a priority.