Commercial concessions for parks and reserves approved 06 September 2018 Over the month of March 2018 we took expressions of interest from people and businesses wanting to operate a concession on a public reserve. Photo: Whangamata Surf School at Beach Access 8 in Whangamata. Our Council has approved concessions for 35 businesses to operate on or over Council beaches and reserves across our district for a term of two years, from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2020 as listed here. Businesses with concessions usually operate from mobile premises such as a coffee cart or a trailer-based bike or surfboard-hire shop. The area occupied by the business is restricted to the immediate area of the activity and should not unduly encroach onto the general public's use of the beach or reserve or obstruct beach and reserve users. For more information on our licences, permits and concessions click here.