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Walk and learn on Ngunguru Sandspit – Pii Manu PDF Print
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Written by Linda Donaldson / Sally   
Saturday, 12 March 2016
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Yours to value and enjoy, the Ngunguru Sandspit is the venue for the popular annual community beach walk to be held this year on Sunday March 20.

Free boat crossings will take people from Ngunguru to the Sandspit to visit this wilderness landscape with many stories to tell about history, culture, rare plants and wildlife.

Find out more by walking on the Sandspit, with its spectacular ocean beach and Ngunguru Bay, and get a feel for what is a vulnerable dune landscape supporting endangered wildlife. Keep to the low tide mark; look for a while, not disturbing the variety of birdlife – Dotterels, Oyster Catchers, Godwits, Caspian Terns, Black Backed Gulls, and Pied Stilts. Please leave your dog at home!

Attendees are encouraged to bring their paddle board, kayak, tinny or surfboard to make the crossing over to the Sandspit but those without boats can catch a ride with “boaties” who have kindly volunteered to ferry people. If you have a life jacket please bring it along.

People first need to register at the marquee in Te Maika Rd near Ngunguru School then there’s a rolling start ferrying people to the Sandspit from 10.00am to 11.30am with final ferry transport back to Te Maika Road at 12.30pm.

Beach combing for rubbish will be a focus of the walk with rubbish collected to be audited by students from Ngunguru School as part of their Earth Ed programme.

Local iwi, DOC and the Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society (NSaPS) are working to restore and protect the natural character and future of Pii Manu/Ngunguru Sandspit.

Weed management to promote stabilising native plants, as well as control of pest such as stoats, cats and dogs to protect nesting shore bird has commenced this year with grants from DOC and support from TCR&R. Community support and interest in Ngunguru Sandspit needs to stay strong, as indicated by the turn out to last year’s Ngunguru Sandspit Beach Walk. Come and enjoy the fun!

Get involved in the future of your Sandspit, your place.

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The First Blow!!! PDF Print
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Written by Carex Ecological Services, Facebook   
Saturday, 20 February 2016

The First Blow!!!This big weasel is the first predator to be caught on the Ngunguru Sandspit, one less problem for the unique native fauna out there.

Posted by Carex Ecological Services on Friday, 19 February 2016

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Predator traps on the ground PDF Print
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Written by Carex Ecological Services, Facebook   
Saturday, 06 February 2016

It's been a long time coming but we finally have the first round of predator traps on the ground on the Ngunguru...

Posted by Carex Ecological Services on Friday, 5 February 2016

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No dogs on the beach - updated. PDF Print
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Written by WDC   
Wednesday, 06 January 2016
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Ngunguru Sandspit Reserve and Coast PDF Print
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Written by WDC and DoC   
Wednesday, 06 January 2016
Ngunguru Sandspit Reserve and Coast document

Here's a document that sets out what restrictions, particularly for dogs, exist on the Ngunguru coast, including the sandspit.

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Department of Conservation Report for NSaPS 2015 AGM PDF Print
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Written by Sue Reed-Thomas, DoC Conservation Partnerships Manager, Northland District   
Monday, 21 December 2015

I would appreciate you tendering, on my behalf, the Department’s apologies as we will not be sending a staff member to attend.

I want to assure you that the Department considers the Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society as a partner in conservation for this area, even though we have chosen not to attend this particular meeting.  I thought it would be useful to share what the Department is currently doing that reflects this.

  • The Department’s Conservation Partnerships Director for Northern North Island, Nicola Douglas, and myself recently met with the executive committee.  The Executive shared the aspirations of the society, including its desire to work in partnership with community, nga hapu o Pimanu, and the Department.  Nicola is supportive of us developing this relationship locally, and even provided some ideas about how this three way partnership has been achieved in another location.
  • The Department invited the NSaPS to submit a full application to the Community Conservation Partnerships Fund after receiving its expression of interest.  This application is currently being considered and decisions are expected to be announced by the end of August.
  • The Department and NSaPS are developing a management agreement, which describes the relationship we seek to have and will authorise the Society to undertake certain activities on the sandspit.  A full draft is expected to be sent to the Society within the next two weeks.  A key component of the agreement will be ensuring health and safety of volunteers and public while undertaking these activities, so the Society will need to develop a health and safety plan.  A template for this will be sent next week, and the Department will offer some support to the Society to understand this if needed.
  • Once the agreement is signed, a Department staff member will be named to manage this relationship in accordance with the Agreement.  They will become a key point of contact for the Society.  They will implement an annual planning process with the Society so that each year we are both clear about what the Society seeks to do, ensuring they are authorised to do that, and which of those things we might be working on together.

The Department is looking forward to entering a new phase of its work with the Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society and the Tangata Whenua of the area.

Please feel free to share my comments with those attending the AGM.

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Report from the AGM, 2015 PDF Print
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Written by NSaPS   
Monday, 21 December 2015

The Past

After a land exchange between Crown and private owners part of the Ngunguru Sandspit became Public Conservation Land in 2011. The Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society had led a long, intensive campaign to save this iconic site from inappropriate development. There remained 16 ha of the Sandspit at the base of the adjacent mountain which is in private ownership, at risk from development but in 2011 the community was rejoicing in the success and keen to start work removing weeds and pests. The 83 ha of the Scenic Reserve was under DOC administration but a shared management system was planned for the future with tangata whenua, the community and DOC as partners.

It took longer than expected to get all parties together but the agreement has now been reached that the most urgent need was to work together in order to save the flora and fauna from further degradation. The announcement was made at the 2014 AGM by Hone Tana who was mandated representative of the Te Waiariki Trust Board. We had the go-ahead on behalf of Te Waiariki, Ngati Korora, Ngati Takapari and signed by leaders, Pereri Mahanga, Hone Tana and Paratene Te Manu Wellington.

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No Dogs on the beach PDF Print
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Written by Whangarei District Council   
Thursday, 10 December 2015
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In 2013, new rules about dogs on the beach were introduced.

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Community conservation boost for Sandspit PDF Print
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Written by Linda Donaldson   
Sunday, 15 November 2015

Plans to free Ngunguru Sandspit, Pii Manu, of weed and animal pests have been boosted through a $15,000 grant from the DOC Community Fund.

The funding is tagged specifically for removal of the wilding pines and will become available for the financial year starting July 2016.

Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society’s (NSaPS) bid for help towards a larger restoration project coincided with DOC receiving the largest number of applications ever to the fund.

DOC says the fund is directed at practical, on-the-ground projects.

“These projects will maintain and restore the diversity of our natural heritage and enable more people to participate in recreation, enjoy and learn from our historic places, and engage with and value the benefits of conservation.”

The money will enable the first big, joint step of hapu/iwi, NSaPs and the community working together to restore Ngunguru Sandspit, Pii Manu.

Contractors will be necessary on the Sandspit due to the nature of the work and stringent new Health and Safety Regulations.

After the major work of removing the pines and getting rid of noxious weeds is done there will be plenty of scope for volunteers to help by hand pulling seedling weeds to prevent them from becoming a problem later.

Please treat this environmental, historical and cultural treasure with respect. There is an all-year-round Whangarei District Council ban on dogs on Ngunguru Sandspit beaches for conservation purposes. Also, DOC regulations for the Reserve on the Sandspit include: no dogs, vehicles or bikes, camping, fires, litter or horses.

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Bylaw important for bird conservation PDF Print
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Written by Linda Donaldson   
Sunday, 15 November 2015

The Ngunguru Sandspit Shorebird Count, 14 November 2015 report, records lower bird numbers than usual.

This is disappointing and now is a good time to remind people of the WDC bylaw for the Ngunguru Sandspit/Horahora area.

Dogs are prohibited on the entire beach area but are allowed by permit only on the Department of Conservation Land.

DoC's sandspit sign

It is also very important for people to observe the DoC bird nesting signs (the nesting sites are not individually marked or taped off) and people need to be aware that the nests can be where you least expect them and the birds can be nesting from now through to March.

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