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Coastal Hazards and Climate Change PDF Print
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Climate Change
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Wednesday, 24 August 2005
Coastal Hazards and Climate Change A guidance manual for local government in New Zealand, May 2004. This document was commissioned by the New Zealand Climate Change Office (NZCCO) of the Ministry for the Environment. (PDF, 1.7MB) your new home is right on the beach
"Your new home is right on the beach"

 

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Frank Newman, on the sandspit PDF Print
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Resource Consents
Written by Steve Marshall   
Wednesday, 24 August 2005

Frank Newman's Ngunguru Sandspit page "...the basic details of the property and the planning issues and what this means for potential development."

Frank Newman's Focus magazine article on the same subject. Click on the link and scroll down to March 2005.

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Wednesday, 24 August 2005
  • New Zealand Herald article - Trade-off likely over sandspit
    Northland residents fighting to protect a cherished coastal landmark are likely to be offered a tradeoff in an effort to get at least some of them onside.

    Residents Pat Heffey and James Johnston with the spit in the background. 		       Picture / Martin Sykes Controversy has raged for decades over the privately-owned Ngunguru sandspit near Whangarei. Former owner Bob Green met fierce opposition each time he came up with a subdivision plan, including a 2001 proposal for 21 separate "farmlets" around the spit, which is classified as a coastal hazard zone and has a flood plain.

    Residents Pat Heffey and James Johnston with the spit in the background. Picture / Martin Sykes

     

  • Northern Advocate article - House values soar nearly 37% in past year
    "Whangarei Mayor Pamela Peters said residential property values throughout Northland were buoyant, with growth particularly in coastal and lifestyle areas."
    Related "Stuff" article: Boom times here to stay

    Professor Terry Healy and resident Robyn Ross by the stone seawall that 		       guards her home from the waves. Picture / Glenn Jeffrey

  • New Zealand Herald article - Our eroding nation: We shall not be moved
    "Managed retreat" has become the catchcry of councils struggling with eroding coasts. But it will never be popular with beachfront bach owners.

    Professor Terry Healy and resident Robyn Ross by the stone seawall that guards her home from the waves. Picture / Glenn Jeffrey

    Deal-maker Greg Olliver doesn't like to be interviewed or photographed. 		       This is a graphic likeness.

  • New Zealand Herald article - Olliver with a twist
    "At 38, Greg Olliver has risen to be one of the biggest risk-takers and deal-makers in Auckland property - but he still hasn't risen out of obscurity.

    The former pupil of Hillmorton High, Christchurch, has evaded a public profile despite his private land bank company, Landco, doing deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Deal-maker Greg Olliver doesn't like to be interviewed or photographed. This is a graphic likeness."

     

  • New Zealand Herald article - Town uproar over sandspit development.
    "Battle lines are being drawn in the sand at Ngunguru, near Whangarei, as developers and locals square off over the future of a treasured coastal landmark." Ngunguru resident James Johnston. Picture/Tania Webb

     

  • Northern Advocate article - Public: Keep hands off spit.
    Begins the same as the Herald article but contains more detail at the end about Landco."

     

  • One News item: Community consulted over sandspit.
    The company that has bought a Northland sandspit says it wants to hear from the community before it decides how to develop it.

     

  • Green Party Press Release: Coastal development needs closer scrutiny
    "Intensive development of coastal land in the Far North should be halted till guidelines can be drawn to protect areas of significance or environmental importance, Green Party MP Sue Bradford says." (Mentions "Whakairiora Mountain coastal forest near Ngunguru Sandspit")

     

  • Northern Advocate article - Sandspit on agenda.
    "The contentious question of how to develop the Ngunguru Sandspit will be debated at a public meeting tonight."

     

  • Northern Advocate article - Hapu to fight subdivision of sacred site at Ngunguru.
    "Three Whangarei hapu will fight plans to subdivide land containing a mountain they hold sacred. Te Waiariki, Ngati Korora and Ngati Taka hapu will appeal a decision allowing a 33ha block of land near Ngunguru to be subdivided into four lots."

     

  • NZine article: The Road To Ngunguru - Another Northland Secret

     

  • NewsTalk ZB stories:
    October 2004: Ancient battleground could be developed
    December 2004: Sandspit plan meets opposition
    February 2005: Another protest over Foreshore law
    March 2005: Mayor wants spit in public ownership
    March 2005: Insurers warn about coastal property
    March 2005: Cher eyeing winterless north (What does she know about preserving natural features?)

     

  • All-Blacks unveil new sandspit protest haka

    Video here . (4600KB)

    The All Blacks performing the haka before Saturday's match. 		       Picture / Mark Mitchell Kapa o pango kia whakawhenua au i ahau!
    Hi aue, hi!
    Ko Aotearoa e ngunguru nei!
    Au, au, aue ha!
    Ko Kapa o Pango e ngunguru nei!
    Au, au, aue ha!
    I ahaha!
    Ka tu te ihiihi
    Ka tu te wanawana
    Ki runga ki te rangi e tu iho nei,
    tu iho nei, hi!
    Ponga ra!
    Kapa o Pango, aue hi!
    Ponga ra!
    Kapa o Pango, aue hi, ha!

    An aerial view of the Ngunguru sandspit. Picture/Michael Cunningham, 		       Northern Advocate</

  • Northern Advocate article - Wary over plan for sandspit.
    "The land's owner, Auckland property development company Landco, has organised a public meeting in October to find out what the concerns of locals and iwi are."

     

  • Northland Stuff article: Cerulean chooses unspoilt NZ for major tourist project.
    (A proposed development at Butterfly Bay, north of Kerikeri.)
    Although the company holds the philosophy that the beach belongs to all, it would not be offering public access to the beach through the hotel property.
    (Cerulean C.E.O, Christen Bartelt)

     

  • Independent hearings commissioner, Alan Watson, on behalf of the Whangarei District Council, approves an application by Mathers, Butt and Partners for consent to subdivide Lot 3 DP 325466 into four allotments.

     

  • Northern Advocate article - Hapu face development of their 'sacred' mountain.

     

  • Northland Stuff article: Tsunami could strike 'any time'. A Tsunami could hit the Whangarei district's coastline any time, say experts.

     

  • Northern Advocate article: Sandspit campaign 'not over yet'.

     

  • Northern Advocate article: Ngunguru Sandspit off market.

     

  • The Northern Advocate article, picked up by the New Zealand Herald: Valued sandspit taken off market.

     

  • Whangarei District Council media release, dated 10 June 2005, Ngunguru Sand Spit Proposal (PDF, 32KB)

     

  • Bay Chronicle article: Lobby for coastal moratorium
    The Bay of Islands Coastal Watchdog is asking the Government to step in to protect the local coastal environment from inappropriate development.

    Alarm is growing over the possible sale and development of the 		       Ngunguru Sandspit. Picture / Michael Cunningham

  • New Zealand Herald article: Appeal to ministers: Stop Northland coast carve-up
    Conservationists on Northland's east coast are urging the Government to slap a moratorium on coastal subdivisions until national guidelines for coastal development are drawn up.

     

  • John Greenwood, from Bayleys Real Estate, on What's driving the waterfront market?—Aucklanders, apparently.

     

  • Northern Advocate article: Boaties launch themselves into Ngunguru sandspit protest

     

  • Northern Advocate article: Buy site best way to save sandspit

     

  • Lesley Jewell's article about Pat Heffey from the Northern Advocate "Shoreline"
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  • From the New Zealand Listener

     

    • Diana Balham, with Hallowed grounds
      That threatened species: the democratic seaside campground
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    • Bruce Ansley, with Foreign land
      "When you go to the beach, walk in the hills, take a holiday almost anywhere in the country, you can see a vanishing way of life. Walkways are replacing tracks, holiday homes are suffocating baches, turnstiles are turning up everywhere and camping grounds are disappearing altogether."
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    • Bruce Ansley, with After the gold rush
      "In the regions, Nelson is leading the property market downturn, just as it headed its boom."
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    • Bruce Ansley, with Foreshore's lament
      "The government's attempt to assert Crown ownership of the foreshore and seabed has already backfired, not least because Maori title already exists in some places, and foreign landowners also enjoy the kind of exclusive ownership claimed by some Pakeha to be so unacceptable."
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    • Philip Matthews, with Paradise in peril
      "The property boom and population pressures are threatening the unique nature of our coastal communities."
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    • Bruce Ansley, with Calling the shots
      "Is there enough protection of New Zealand's outstanding natural landscapes - or too much?"
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    • Finlay Macdonald, with Shore enough
      "...we all, Maori and European alike, still cherish some form of sovereignty over our beloved coastlines, beaches and harbours..."
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  • Wade Doak's articles at The Weka of New Zealand blog:

     

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  • Read Sue Halliwell's Back to Nature article in The Northern Advocate, May 7, 2005.
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  • Heritage NZ Magazine Online, Autumn 2003 Coastal Treasures Under Siege
    With the increased pressure on valuable coastal properties comes a threat to archaeological treasures. The rush to seaside development threatens to destroy a priceless record of national heritage.
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  • Historic Places Magazine Online, February 2000 "Sacred Places" to the Maori
    One of the most commonly asked questions relating to Maori Heritage is "what is wahi tapu?" The term means "sacred place". However, wahi tapu is more than that and can encompass a great range of items, tangible and intangible.
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  • "$37.6m sandspit valuation - WDC expected to protect icon" Northern Advocate news article
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  • "Developers warned off sandspit" The NZ Herald takes up the same story
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  • A major NZ Herald article about coastal property development - Coastline moving beyond our reach.

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The Earthquake commission on Tsunami PDF Print
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Tsunami
Written by Steve Marshall   
Wednesday, 24 August 2005
Check out the Earthquake Commission's page on Tsunami.

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Whangarei District Council's Coastal Management Strategy PDF Print
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Environmental Planning
Written by Steve Marshall   
Wednesday, 24 August 2005
Whangarei District Council's Coastal Management Strategy, including:
"This Structure Plan is intended as a concept for the local Ngunguru area, integrating the protection, use and development of land and resources and setting out how to implement the Coastal Management Strategy vision and mission statements at a local level. In other words, it is a broad physical plan identifying areas for growth, protection, infrastructure and other community requirements over the next 20 years."

Ngunguru 20 year structure plan

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Historic Places Trust pamphlet on middens PDF Print
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Heritage
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Wednesday, 24 August 2005
The New Zealand Historic Places Trust pamphlet - Archaeological Remains of Middens and Rubbish Dumps

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Archive of events and campaigns PDF Print
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Campaigns
Written by Steve Marshall   
Wednesday, 24 August 2005
  • Fill out the Tutukaka Coast Ratepayers & Residents Association's Ngunguru Sandspit questionnaire on-line.

     

  • Whangarei District Council Landscape Review Project
    "The Whangarei District Council is currently undertaking a landscape review project which will provide guidance for how we manage, use and protect the District's landscapes."

    The good news is that the whole of the sandspit, and a whole lot of land south of it, has been designated outstanding landscape of high natural character in the draft. As the council says, "The most important landscapes in the District have been classified as 'Outstanding Landscape Areas'. These are landscapes, which exhibit remarkable and visually dominant physical/natural elements, which help reinforce the distinctive identity of the District. They are largely a product of nature, uncluttered by man-made structures." You can make a submission online.

    Full-page ad in Whangarei Leader, 27 Sept, 2005

  • Become a friend and guardian of the Ngunguru Sandspit. Subscribe to the Friends & Guardians mailing list and be kept informed of developments.

     

  • Sophie Edwards' report on the community consultation meeting held on 5 October 2005.

     

  • Sneak preview of a full-page ad that will be place in the Whangarei Leader this tuesday, 27 September. It's just a proof copy, so there are still a few typos in it, but it gives you an idea what the final ad will look like. Click on the image to view a larger copy.
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  • You can make a submission to local government.
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  • Guidance from Forest and Bird about resource management. Handy stuff when you're writing a submission.
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  • Yes, it's official. Here's a scan of a poster advertising an event planned for 28 May All hands on Deck - protest notice
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  • Word is getting out that a Ngunguru Protest Float Down is being organised.
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  • Print, sign and post off Akke Tiemersma's petition to protect the Ngunguru spit area (70KB)
  • TV3 capture of protest

  • TV3's news coverage of the protest: For dial-up (AVI, 6,672kb) and broadband (AVI 39,041kb)

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A hearing by the Whangarei District Council Judicial Committee PDF Print
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Resource Consents
Written by Steve Marshall   
Wednesday, 24 August 2005
A hearing by the Whangarei District Council Judicial Committee of an application by Mathers, Butt and Partners for consent to subdivide Lot 3 DP 325466 into four allotments. If someone is able to summarise what this weighty document means, that would be real handy!

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Environmental Defence Society: A Place to Stand PDF Print
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Environmental Planning
Written by Steve Marshall   
Wednesday, 24 August 2005

A Place to Stand : The protection of New Zealand's natural and cultural landscapes, Raewyn Peart, Environmental Defence Society, 2004.

"This report examines how well we are managing New Zealand's important landscapes. It explores what are New Zealand's important landscapes, how they are assessed, what are the threats to them, how well we are managing these threats and how we could strengthen the landscape management system. It reviews case law relevant to landscape protection and contains five case studies of landscape management in the Waitakere Ranges, Coromandel Peninsula, Wakatipu Basin, Banks Peninsula and Whangarei District. The report provides a useful overview of planning strategies for landscape protection and their strengths and weaknesses." (PDF, 147KB)

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Archive of documents PDF Print
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Documents
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Wednesday, 24 August 2005

    Landco image of Ngunguru sandspit

  • LandCo has just started to feature Ngunguru on its website
    "A natural marine sandspit bounded by the Ngunguru River and Ngunguru Bay, this 118 hectare waterfront property offers the ultimate coastal experience. The sensitivity of the site is acknowledged, with environmental assessments presently being completed to ensure future development enhances the ecological and cultural heritage features of the land. Planning for an ecological-based development has commenced with public consultation underway."

  • Te Arai Beach Preservation Society— "We are a group of people that feel that the unique nature of Te Arai Beach and its surrounds should be conserved for our enjoyment and for the enjoyment of future generations."

 
  • Project Northland—Bayleys Real Estate markets itself as a one-stop carve-up shop; coming to a beach near you.
 
  • Bayleys removes the sandspit from its website listings, but retains its secure gated subdivision between Whangaumu Bay and Ngunguru. Also, check out the premium residential enclave at BreamTail.

    "The principal objective for the development of BreamTail has been to preserve the quality of its natural assets and make them available to a small group of owners to enjoy collectively, while allowing the public access in daylight through a marked walkway."

  • The New Zealand Coastal Society—Inaugurated in 1992 to promote and advance sustainable management of the coastal environment.
 

 
  • "Here you will find information about the Environmental Defence Society and its history. You will also find information on its main focus areas; Landscape Protection, Oceans and Coastal Environment, Climate Change and Energy, Water and the Resource Managment Act."
 
 
 
 

Quotes

    Colour woodcut image of Hurricane Katrina's effects
  • "...53 percent of the U.S. population now lives along a coastline, and... ...the rate at which people are moving to the coast is larger than population growth. Much of the new development is right on the water’s edge, making beachfront communities extremely vulnerable to storms. On the Mississippi coast between Gulfport and Biloxi, the world’s largest man-made beach (60 miles long) is without sand dunes or salt marshes to deflect the brunt of hurricanes’ fury."
    Stormy Weather - E/The Environmental Magazine
 
  • "Gold Coast City has the highest dollar-value flood risk (as measured by insurance premiums) in Australia, given the high value per square metre of its resort and high-rise properties (which are built on a sandspit prone to inundation). A number of properties are uninsurable."
    Gold Coast City: An approach to planning for climate change
 
  • "There is a conflict between those who see growth as a means of increasing profit and those who care for the kind of society we will bequeath to future generations. How much coastline and seafront must be sacrificed for ever before we learn that, in issues of profit versus environment, environment must win?"
    Mike Moore, introducing the 1975 Coastal Moratorium and Management Bill, quoted in Concern About Coastal Development.

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