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Our New Zealand A to Z - Ngunguru PDF Print
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Written by Radio NZ, Afternoons, Simon Mercep   
Thursday, 11 June 2015
Ngunguru. Photo: Menno Huibers

N is for Ngunguru, a small but perfectly formed village sitting right on the southern end of the Tutukaka Coast.

(38′:24″)

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More pipi deaths under investigation in north PDF Print
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Written by Radio NZ, Morning Report, Lois Williams   
Thursday, 11 June 2015

Originally aired on Morning Report, Thursday 11 June 2015

The Northland community of Ngunguru is calling for a moratorium or rahui on local pipi beds after a mass die-off last month.

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Sandspit Waste Audit: The Results are In PDF Print
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Written by Loren Hope, Ngunguru School   
Thursday, 21 May 2015

A fantastic morning was had by all, at this years annual sandspit walk, and we are grateful to each of you who helped to remove rubbish from this precious habitat.

Each year Ngunguru School audits the rubbish collected by the community on this walk, as a part of their earthEd programme.

Once the rubbish is laid out, and the sorting and counting begins, the reality of just how much rubbish is out there floating around in the sea hits home in a big way for the students. Even on our 'pristine' coastline, we have a problem and our wildlife and habitat are under threat.

This year, there were a total of 998 individual pieces of countable rubbish removed from the sandspit in the space of just 2 hours (There were also at least a few hundred tiny pieces that were difficult for the students to count, but which would be of major impact on birds and fish).

Food Related Waste: 364 pieces
Household Related Waste: 282 pieces
Fishing Related Waste: 255 pieces
Industry Related Waste/ Other: 97 pieces

This is a lot of rubbish coming in from the sea and out from the land. We are voted as one of the top coastal destinations in the world. Lets all help to keep up this reputation by demonstrating how we care for and protect our local habitat and wildlife. What can you and your family do to help?

  • Always take a bag with you to the beach to remove any rubbish you find.
  • Pick up any rubbish you find on the streets - Drains lead to the sea.
  • Be aware when fishing that fishing lines and other waste that goes overboard has a massive impact on fish, dolphins, whales, turtles, birds and other sealife.
  • Be a conscientious shopper, support products that have the least packaging possible.
  • Pack zero waste lunches for school and work.
  • Think- Do I really need this plastic bag? Perhaps we could become a plastic bag free coastal community!

We would like you, your business or organisation to become a Friend of earthEd at Ngunguru School and help our children to be active in caring for the habitats that make up our special, world class coastal eco-system. The vision is of a community project and is in no way limited to school families. You will receive an email at the beginning of each term outlining the learning sessions and action days for the weeks to follow, and how you might like to become involved and learn new skills with us. Please come aboard and join us in our journey. Help to grow our kaitiaki and future leaders.

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Sandspit walk poster PDF Print
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Written by Linda Donaldson, NSaPS   
Friday, 27 February 2015

Sandspit Walk 2015 poster

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Calling all beachcombers! Ngunguru Sandspit Beach Walk PDF Print
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Written by Linda Donaldson, NSaPS   
Friday, 27 February 2015
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Its time again for the popular Ngunguru Sandspit Beach Walk. This year Sunday 29th of March is set for this fun community event with free boat crossings to the sandspit from 10am at Te Maika Road near Ngunguru School.

Walking on the sandspit, people can appreciate the spectacular ocean beach and Ngunguru Bay, as well as get a feel for what is a vulnerable dune landscape supporting endangered wildlife. Keep to the low tide mark look for while not disturbing the variety of birdlife dotterels, oyster catchers, godwits, Caspian terns, black backed gulls, 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. Those without boats can catch a ride with our boaties whove kindly volunteered to ferry people. Dont forget to bring a life jacket.

People first need to register at the marquee, then theres a rolling start ferrying people to the sandspit from 10 to 11.30am. Beach combing for rubbish will be a focus with final ferry transport back to Te Maika Road at 12.30pm. Rubbish collection will be audited by students from Ngunguru School as part of their Earth Ed programme.

While weed management to promote stabilising native plants, as well as control of pest such as stoats, cats and dogs to protect nesting shore bird is still pending, the community support and interest in the Ngunguru Sandspit stays strong, as indicated by the turn out each year to the Ngunguru Sandspit Beach Walk.

Local hapu, DoC and NSaPS Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society are working to restore and protect the natural character and future of Pimanu/Ngunguru Sandspit. The sandspit has many faces: beauty, wildlife, remoteness, wild ocean-side, quiet estuary-side, and special characteristics that link ocean, river, coastal forest, and shore community of Ngunguru Sandspit.

Ngunguru annual Sandspit Walk is a fun event with a conservation wish at the heart of it. Were looking forward to another big community turnout.

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DoC boss retires for family time PDF Print
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Written by Northern Advocate   
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
One of Chris Jenkins proudest achievements was getting the Ngunguru Sandspit returned to public ownership in 2011.

Whangarei-based Northland Department of Conservation boss Chris Jenkins has retired after 37 years of public service.

Before working in Whangarei, Mr Jenkins held a variety of management positions in the Bay of Plenty, including six years as conservator Bay of Plenty, conservator Northland and his current role, director of conservation services for the Northern North Island. He has been based in Whangarei for the past 11 years.

One of Chris Jenkins proudest achievements was getting the Ngunguru Sandspit returned to public ownership in 2011.

"I love DoC, Northland and the people I have had the privilege to work with and, after 37 years, it is time for me to take time for myself and my family," Mr Jenkins said.

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Swimming against the developers PDF Print
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Written by Peter Calder, The New Zealand Herald   
Sunday, 18 January 2015

The bay bears the family name, and Lyall Woolley is determined to keep it as a slice of 20th century summer.

Lyall Woolley and his son Michael on their farm at Woolleys Bay, on the Tutukaka coast. Photo / Peter Calder

It took longer than it should have before I noticed the name on the letterbox in the middle of Woolleys Bay.

In my defence, there was plenty of distraction for a holiday-making visitor. Woolleys is not quite as improbably picture-book as its neighbour, Whale Bay, but it's agreeably underpopulated.

Beyond small dunes stitched together by pingao, the long stretch of almost deserted golden beach is pounded by decent surf, but the sand shelves off sharply and beyond the breakers the water is as clear as soda.

I just don't want it all in development. Pig-headed, I suppose.

The trees at the northern end are busy with tui in territorial disputes and the wings of fat kereru whistle as they lumber through the cool darkness in the branches of the puriri.

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Rossbeigh dunes disappearing (May 2013) PDF Print
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Rossbeigh Strand
Written by Kevin Hughes, The Kerryman   
Friday, 16 January 2015

Over five million tonnes of sand lost at mid kerry beach in five years

Erosion at Rossbeigh beach, this photograph was taken soon after the first breach back in December 2008 by David Marmion.

ALMOST five years after fragile dunes were washed into the Atlantic at Rossbeigh Beach, data is still being collected to find out exactly how the collapse occurred and whether a solution can be found to prevent further erosion.

"I'm confident the channel has shifted and moved to the top end of Rossbeigh"

Over five million tonnes of sand have already been lost at the blue flag beach and dunes continue to disappear at an alarming rate. The breach has also left coastal communities, once protected by the spit, dangerously exposed to potential flooding, while conditions underfoot at the northern end of the beach are increasingly treacherous.

The issue was raised at Friday's Killorglin area meeting where local residents repeated their call for action to save the remaining sand dunes.

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Manual control of wilding conifers PDF Print
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Dune restoration
Written by Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust   
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
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Manual control, such as felling and ring-barking, has been the traditional means of killing wilding pines in New Zealand. Now, however, in the forested areas of the Marlborough Sounds, felling is generally only recommended for trees of less than 200mm trunk diameter. The felling of larger trees entails land disturbance and damage to surrounding vegetation during control. A felled tree will break down a lot of native vegetation when it falls, and the 'light well' on the forest floor is generally an ideal site for the germination of pine seed. Very often, dozens of young trees can be found growing up around the site of a felled wilding pine. For this reason, trees above 200mm should be killed standing wherever possible. Ring-barking is also now discouraged, as the method has proven slow and unreliable.

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December 2014 newsletter PDF Print
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General
Written by NSaPS   
Monday, 29 December 2014

Download and view the December 2014 newsletter.

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