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Ngunguru Sandspit Beach Walk 2014 PDF Print
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Written by Cameron McInnes   
Monday, 31 March 2014

More than 100 people showed up to enjoy the unique beauty of the Ngunguru sandspit at the 2014 Sandspit Beach walk earlier this month.

The event was organised by the Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society (NSaPS) and was held to coincide with national Seaweek.

"The sandspit walk was once again a great day" said Cameron McInnes from NSaPS "We had lots of locals turn up as well as people from Whangarei who had come out especially for the walk, and a few international visitors who just happened to be in the right place at the right time."

"It's great to be able to offer people who wouldn't usually have access to the spit an opportunity to visit this national treasure' said Mr McInnes "and NSaPS would like to thank everybody from the district for all their contributions of time, boats, knowledge, rubbish bags, advertising space, lifejackets and sign writing skills that made this day possible, it makes me very proud to be part of this community."

This year participants collected rubbish from the beaches along the sandspit which was ferried back across the river to be audited by the Ngunguru School Environmental Education Unit. A total of 6 rubbish sacks plus half a kayak was sorted through by students and categorised.

"Food packaging accounted for the largest number of units of rubbish, followed by fishing related rubbish"" said teacher Loren Hope "the students found some interesting items including 10 mismatched jandals and a pregnancy test".

"It was weird to see how much rubbish came back from the Sandspit. It was a bit disgusting! I want to stop people littering" said student Kaleb Harte (10).

"I was shocked over how much rubbish washed up from the sea because it could kill our animals. It was especially shocking to see how much food waste came up onto our sandspit" said TeHuia Kouratoras (11).

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Estuary environmental education opportunities explored PDF Print
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Written by Fuseworks Media, Voxy.co.nz   
Friday, 28 March 2014

"Rivers, streams and creeks flow from the land behind our estuaries. What happens on that land has a huge influence on the estuaries where we like to gather kaimoana, swim, play and more."

The health of several Northland estuaries could soon be boosted by the combined efforts of hundreds of students thanks to a recent Northland Regional Council teacher workshop at Ngunguru.

Twenty-one teachers from across the North attended the Wednesday 26 March workshop aimed at boosting estuary catchment care education in Northland schools.

The workshop aimed to empower teachers to boost their estuary catchment-care-themed environmental education.

Council Environmental Education Officer Susan Botting says teachers who attended the workshop are expecting to work with more than 1000 students back at their schools to put what they’ve learned into action.

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Archaeological assessment, Ngunguru Ford Rd. Whangarei, part 1A4 Horahora Block PDF Print
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Written by D C Nevin, 1998   
Thursday, 27 March 2014
This report describes an assessment of damaged archaeological sites on Mr. R. A. Green's property.

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2014 Sandspit beach walk on 2 March PDF Print
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Written by NSaPS   
Sunday, 16 February 2014
2014 Sandspit Walk

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Owner all at sea over lifeboat that's now open to offers for sale PDF Print
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Written by Mike Barrington, NZ Herald   
Sunday, 09 February 2014
SHIPSHAPE: Brian Angliss on the bridge in his Arun class lifeboat 52-18. PHOTO/JOHN STONE

Brian Angliss owns one of the finest all-weather boats ever built for rescue work - and as he was unable to virtually give it away it's now up for sale.

He offered his Arun class lifeboat designed by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to Coastguard Northern Region for use on the Tutukaka coast, offering to pay the boat's insurance, marina, servicing, maintenance and survey costs.

Mr Angliss, 69, a retired UK carmaker now living at Ngunguru, also offered to cover fuel and general running costs save for when the boat was used for Coastguard work.

But the only time the Arun saw any rescue service was when it went to the aid of a Tutukaka Coastguard crew injured when their rescue boat ran on to rocks off Pataua South in 2009.

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Sitting ducks PDF Print
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Written by Stephanie Chamberlin, New Zealand Geographic   
Friday, 24 January 2014
Sitting ducks

It's a fresh November morning, full of promise and energy, when we visit Ngunguru in Northland to meet Mike Camm.

The environmental advocate and his wife, Jane, live inland from the estuary, tucked among bush-covered hills that today are covered with the white cape of ten thousand manuka. Plunging into bush, we bounce and crackle over a gravel driveway; long-armed ferns overhang the road and light glimmers through the slim trunks of regenerating canopy to either side. Clouds of dust combine with the wild, smoked-honey smell of tea-tree that sweetens the air even inside the Camms' home, angled to the sun in a clearing of fruit trees and gardens.

"We knew we didn't want to grow old in Auckland," says Camm as we stand at his bi-fold doors and drink in the extraordinary bush and coastal view. But his retirement plan went beyond the ordinary. "When we bought these 120 hectares, it was untended farmland of the matchstick and bulldozer variety," he recalls, but as with so much of Northland, there was that sense of a primeval whenua that could be called back into being. The odd kiwi still scratched in the valleys, and the boundary met a similar sized piece of Department of Conservation land.

"We wanted to create our own little national park," he says.

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Matapouri Gala Day 2014 PDF Print
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Written by Linda Donaldson   
Friday, 24 January 2014

Sharing information about the sandspit with residents and visitors was the first activity taken in the 2014 New Year by the Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society, this picture, at the Matapouri Gala Day in January.

Sharing information about the sandspit with residents and visitors was the first activity taken in the 2014 New Year by the Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society, this picture, at the Matapouri Gala Day in January.

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Napier hospital site sections up for grabs PDF Print
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Todd Property Group
Written by The Dominion Post   
Friday, 20 December 2013
NEW DEVELOPMENT: The view from Hospital Hill is stunning.

The first sections at the new Napier Hill residential development on the landmark site of the former hospital site have gone on the market this week.

Todd Property Group bought the site in 2011 for development.

The sale of the facility returned $5.1 million to the Hawke's Bay District Health Board, much of which would be spent on the region's new mental health inpatient unit, now under construction.

Todd group's managing director, Evan Davies, said it was exciting to see the Hospital Hill site, which had sat vacant for 15 years, gradually being transformed into a unique and appealing new residential community.

"We are really pleased to be able to offer people a stake in this remarkable new development that will revitalise the entire area and community," he said.

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Northland Excursion #4: The Tutukaka Coast PDF Print
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Written by Cyndi and Rich, Two at sea   
Saturday, 26 October 2013
A house on the beach in Ngunguru

The Tutukaka coast is just north of Whangarei (the city 45 minutes south of Opua) and is a great outing when you’re going between the two places. There’s a loop off the main highway, and if you just stayed in your car, you could drive it in less than an hour, but you’d miss some wonderful stuff. To really see it, you’ll have to do some parking and walking. I’d give it a good 3 hours or more.

We started from the south end of the loop, taking the turnoff towards the town of Tutukaka. The drive took us through the beautiful pastures of Glenbervie and its old stone walls. About 20 minutes later, we arrived at the small town of Ngunguru, located on a river estuary just inland from the coast. (No, I can’t pronounce it.)

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The redevelopment of the old Napier Hospital is well underway PDF Print
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Written by All About Hawke's Bay   
Saturday, 07 September 2013

Work is well underway in the first stage of the Todd Property Group's redevelopment of the five-hectare former Napier Hospital site.

The Napier City Council approved the Auckland-based company's plans for eight residential sections at the western end of the site. Apart from one lot accessed off Burke Street, the access to the freehold sections will be from Hospital Terrace which the developers propose to widen.

Stage 1, encompassing an area of 21,557sq m, involves the demolition of the former single-storey James Foley ward.

Low to mid-rise buildings on the eastern side of the former hospital site are also to be demolished in preparation for subsequent redevelopment of the larger site.

...in a transaction that saw it transfer 113 hectares at Ngunguru Spit...

Todd Property secured the land and its 17 buildings two years ago in a transaction that saw it transfer 113 hectares at Ngunguru Spit in Northland to Department of Conservation ownership.

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