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Dogs on the sandspit PDF Print
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Written by Judi Gilbert   
Sunday, 02 October 2016
signs at the boat ramp

In January 2016 a large WDC/DOC sign was erected by the Ngunguru estuary boat ramp opposite Kakariki Road. Details on the sign were about native birds and local beach and sandspit reserve rules. One evening in August the sign was discovered under the dinghies as the post had snapped off at the base. It was rescued and handed to WDC for safe keeping but unfortunately WDC has not had time to re-erect the sign.

With the school holidays and warmer weather I would like NSaPS to advertise a timely reminder that at all times, NO dogs are allowed on the sandspit beaches or the Sandspit Reserve as shown by the map on the website’s homepage.

Dogs and paw prints continue to be sighted on the spit and beaches. This makes our shore nesting birds vulnerable to disturbance and possible abandonment of nests. I have asked a few people with dogs on the spit to please observe the several signs and large information boards placed along the estuary and on the spit and the answer invariably is “Oh! but my dog would never harm any birds”!

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From Facebook - roaming dogs PDF Print
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Written by Gina Williams   
Saturday, 01 October 2016

Roaming dogs are big threat to breeding NZ Dotterels/Tūturiwhatu on Ngunguru Sandspit this summer so keep a look out and...

Posted by Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society on Friday, 30 September 2016

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Annual General Meeting minutes, 2015 PDF Print
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Written by Sally Hume / Linda Donaldson   
Monday, 05 September 2016

Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society Incorporated

Annual General Meeting – Minutes - Confirmed

Ngunguru Memorial Hall 2.00pm Sunday 26th July 2015

Opened 2.10pm

Quorum Present – 12 financial members present


Motion to elect a chairperson for the meeting

Moved: Sophie Edwards Seconded: Chris Robertson

That Jim Kilpatrick is elected as Chairperson for the AGM. Carried unanimously

Apologies: Robyn Skerten, Gerald Skerten, Cam McInnes and Sheila Mandeno, Beth, Ann Martin, Richard Mandeno, Mita Harris, Wade and Jan Doak, Sonny Wellington

Motion that the apologies be accepted

Moved: Judy Gilbert Seconded: Melva Ward Carried unanimously

Minutes 2014 AGM:

Motion that the unconfirmed minutes of 31st August 2014 Annual General Meeting held at Ngunguru Memorial Hall are a true and accurate record.

Moved: Sophie Edwards Seconded: Loren Hope Carried unanimously

Matters arising

No matters arising from the 2014 AGM Minutes

Chairperson’s report

Jim read a report prepared by Sophie Edwards, reflecting on NSaPS’s 2014-2015 year

Motion to accept Sophie’s report as the Chairperson’s report.

Moved: Aorangi Kawiti Seconded: Jim Kilpatrick Carried unanimously

Annual Financial Report and Statement of Accounts 2014-2015

Treasurer Linda Donaldson read her report and the Reviewer report

Motion moved that the Financial Report and Statement of Accounts for the 2014-2015 financial year, be received and adopted.

Moved: Loren Hope Seconded: Sally Hume Carried unanimously

Appointment of reviewer:

Motion moved that NSaPS have their financial accounts reviewed for the 2015-2016 financial year.

Moved: Loren Hope Seconded: Sally Hume Carried unanimously

Motion moved that the annual fees for full members remain at $10.00 for the 2015-2016 financial year.

Moved: Kim Kilpatrick Seconded: Sophie Edwards Carried unanimously

Motion moved for Chris Robertson is appointed as returning officer.

Moved: Sally Hume Seconded: Judy Gilbert Carried unanimously

Election of Office Holders and Executive Members for the 2015-2016 year.

The committee calls for two office holders and six Committee members

Chairperson to be filled by rotation.

Nominations Received

  1. 1.Jim Kilpatrick Executive Committee Member

  2. 2.Linda Donaldson Secretary Moved: Melva Seconded: Aorangi Carried unanimously

  3. 3.Sally Hume Treasurer Moved: Melva Seconded: Aorangi Carried unanimously

  4. 4.Loren Hope Executive Committee Member

  5. 5.Akke Tiemersma Executive Committee Member

  6. 6.Gina Williams Executive Committee Member

  7. 7.Ann Martin Executive Committee Member

  8. 8.David McDermott Executive Committee Member

  9. 9.Hone Tana Executive Committee Member

Motion that the nominations are accepted

Moved: Aorangi Kawiti Seconded: Ann Patrick Carried unanimously

General Business

An overview was provided of the past year of activity: Memorandum of Understanding with DOC, pest eradication, Kiwi Care has been great in providing traps. Three way partnership in regard to eradication of wilding pines and pests both on the private and public owned land of Pii Manu.

Communication has been proactive by way of Signage, children’s education, changing bi laws on the beaches in regard to vehicles.

We were reminded by Kingi Davis of the spiritual importance of this land.

Paulette Wellington spoke representing Ngunguru Marae.

Winiwini Kingi spoke and acknowledged Sophie for bringing the Maunga to the people. Sophie is a toanga.

Loren Hope spoke of the work she is doing with the tamariki at Ngunguru School with 5-12 year olds.

Waimana Davis spoke of coming home from overseas and how remarkable Pii Manu and the Maunga are in regard to local treasures.

Sophie acknowledged and thanked everyone for coming. Acknowledgment was made to the Tangata Whenua who have been instrumental in ensuring we move forward in our three Way partnership. Tangata Whenua, NSaPS and DOC.

Jim thanked all who have been involved with NSaPS and a huge thank you to the outgoing committee members, Darlene, Diane, Robyn, Evan and Cam for their hard work and commitment.

Hone closed the meeting with a Karakia.

Meeting closed 3.20pm

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From Facebook - the pine trees are coming down PDF Print
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Written by Gina Williams   
Thursday, 25 August 2016

Judy's before after photos and history of the spread images below are well worth a look and a share! Thinking about the history of the pines? Where they came from and how to keep them out now? Post a comment.

Posted by Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society on Wednesday, 24 August 2016

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Environmental group opposing plans for Auckland coast development PDF Print
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Written by Sam Kelway, TV1 news   
Thursday, 04 August 2016

The Okura Environmental Group says plans to develop 130 hectares of coastal land north of Auckland will have disastrous effects on the nearby marine reserve.

Chairman Peter Townend says an access road built by Todd Property on the land near Okura Estuary has resulted in high levels of sediment.

"This is the last bit of coastal land available ... there's no more ... it's gone so ... excuse me getting upset about it.. but it's just ridiculous," he said.


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The sandspit pines are being removed PDF Print
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Written by Gina Williams   
Monday, 25 July 2016
dawn ceremony

Kua tu te rahui. A rahui is now in place over the pines area of the Ngunguru Sandspit.

A rahui is in place over the Ngunguru Sandspit pines area while contract work is undertaken to remove them. A dawn ceremony on Saturday marked the start of a new phase for the Sandspit with the removal of pines an important step towards addressing animal and plant pests in the area. Community and hapu still work also towards adding southern sandspit areas and Whakairiora mountain to the Scenic Reserve.

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Ngunguru Sandspit: Archaeological Assessment (2004) PDF Print
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Written by Clough & Associates   
Sunday, 10 April 2016
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A preliminary archaeological survey was carried out at the request of Bruce Waters of Landco Farming Limited, on approximately 112 hectares of land located on the Ngunguru Sandspit, east of Whangarei. The survey is intended to assist in planning for any future uses of the Sandspit.

This report will form part of the required assessment of effects in support of any future resource consent application for the land. It summarises previous work and builds on that Work to identify, scope and determine mechanisms for protecting archaeologically significant sites on the Sandspit.

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Ecological assessment of the Landco property, Ngunguru Sandspit, Whangarei District PDF Print
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Written by R Pierce, Wildland Consultants. In Maingay Collection, Whangarei libraries   
Sunday, 10 April 2016
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Landco Farming Ltd commissioned Wildland Consultants Ltd to undertake an ecological assessment of their property on the Sandspit, including land immediately to the south. I carried out Walk—through surveys of the vegetation and habitats of the property on 14 and 30 April 2004 and returned on two additional days to carry out some site—specific inspections, including surveys for cryptic [difficult to locate and/or identify in the field] fauna.

This report provides a description of the vegetation and habitats, details of the species of plants and fauna present, and an assessment of the ecological significance of the habitats and species. Management issues were also assessed and various management recommendations are provided. Vascular plants, avifauna, reptiles, fish and key invertebrates that were recorded during the visits are listed in Appendices l-3.

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Archaeological values of the Ngunguru Sandspit PDF Print
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Written by Joan Maingay (2008)   
Sunday, 10 April 2016

The sandspit and adjacent land to the south has high archaeological values in addition to its natural and cultural significance. It contains more than 50 recorded archaeological sites and there are almost certainly other unrecorded sites below the surface and in areas presently covered in vegetation.

A small well-defined pa looks out over the spit from the south and this is flanked by terraces that would have contained house sites. Shell middens, the remains of many meals, spill down the sides of the pa and behind it lies a swampy area where taro was grown and where wooden artifacts were recovered when the swamp was drained. In addition a 19th century land claim plan, OLC 280, shows a ‘native settlement’ named Waipa near the south-western end of the sandspit. There are still remnants of old bottles and china here near to the high tide mark.

But the most numerous sites on the spit are middens. Some of these are enormous. One forms a discontinuous band 120m long and other extensive sites measure 35 x 90m and 20 x 90m. They contain a wide variety of estuarine, sandy shore, rocky shore and deeper water species of shellfish indicating that the inhabitants took advantage of all the available rich resources. Several sites also contain bird bone and flakes of grey obsidian possibly from Huruiki to the north.

No radio-carbon dates have been acquired for any of these sites, but one small in situ midden discovered by Stan Bartlett, the Northland Filekeeper for the NZ Archaeological Society, was obviously an early deposit. It contained a number of bird bones which included three extinct species, one of these, the giant New Zealand eagle, is believed to have become extinct by the 14th century. Mayor Island obsidian, of a distinctive clear green colour, was also present indicating long distance trade or exchange with other Maori groups, possibly before the discovery of closer obsidian resources at Huruiki and Kaeo.

The evidence indicates that a relatively permanent population lived near to the sandspit for a long period of time. They made good use of its resources and traded with other areas. No doubt numbers increased during the summer months (as they do today) probably by an influx of affiliated hapu from the inland volcanic area around Kiripaka, by way of Ngunguru River, to collect seafood and perhaps reciprocate with agricultural produce.

The sandspit also contains evidence of less peaceful activity. It is well-known as the scene of a battle in the 19th century, and many human remains have been exposed here by storms. Some of these within the area now proposed for development.

The importance of the property has been acknowledged by the NZ Historic Places Trust and by Whangarei District Council. It has been registered as a wahi tapu under the Historic Places Act and as a place of significance to Maori in the District Scheme. It is also a very rare archaeological landscape that must be recognized in its entirety. It incorporates evidence of early settlement and long distance trade, through the development of fortifications to 19th century warfare. There can be no doubt that the property is a place of great significance to Maori, to historians and to archaeologists.

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Ngunguru Sandspit Pii Manu Community Beach Walk, Sunday 20 March PDF Print
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Written by Ann Martin   
Friday, 18 March 2016

We do hope you can join us on Sunday for the annual Community Beach walk on Ngunguru Sandspit.

It will give you the chance to:

  • see, walk and enjoy this spectacular ocean beach and its dune wildlife close up
  • beachcomb for rubbish
  • help the Ngunguru School's Earth Ed programme by providing the collected rubbish to study
  • make the visit easily by being ferried by locals in their private boats
  • meet locals and visitors who share your appreciation of the Sandspit
  • learn more about what the Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society is doing and join to support its work.

Meet at Te Maika Rd Ngunguru ; Register at the marquee

Rolling start time 10am-11.30am Last return time 12.30pm.

Ferry boats provided - bring koha and lifejacket

Bring sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen, allergy medication, water-bottles

Use own tinny, canoe, paddle-boards

Leave dog at home

In the event of poor weather, check this website at 9.00am for notice of walk cancellation.

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