A new coffee caravan at Piha Beach has been shut down by the Waitakere City Council because it has no food licence and may need a resource consent.
It was launched at the weekend by camping ground operator Fiona Anderson, who said it would fill a public need, at the north of the beach during the day and at the camping ground down the road after 4pm.
But her move upset supporters of a resource consent bid to build a cafe nearby led by television celebrity Marc Ellis and his surfing mates.
Yesterday, council environmental compliance manager Alan Ahmu said Ms Anderson could not trade without a food licence.
He said a resource consent might be needed for the caravan, which has been dubbed “The Big Wave” because of its shape.
It could be regarded as a stall rather than a mobile shop if it were parked all day on one spot, Mr Ahmu said.
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Below: A conveyer Pizza oven in the Big Wave Cafe - “Piha is well served by licensed outlets, the rest of the Community are happy with what we have and don’t consider themselves too ‘High End’ to meet at the RSA, Surf Club or Bowling Club”
“Why on earth would you go to a ‘High End Cafe’ for a takeaway? You can get that at The Store or Blairs”
“I request that both WCC & ARC decline this application in full and thank you for your time”