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Paratene Te Manu (Sonny) Wellington receives Civic Honour PDF Print
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Written by Ngatiwai Trust Board, Scoop   
Friday, 22 August 2014
Paratene Te Manu (Sonny) Wellington

Paratene Te Manu (Sonny) Wellington delighted to receive 2014 Civic Honour

Ngātiwai elder Paratene Te Manu (Sonny) Wellington says he is delighted and honoured to be one of five recipients of the Whangarei District Council’s 2014 Civic Honours this week.

“It is just terrific, you don’t go through life expecting something like this, so it means a lot to me,” Mr Wellington says.

Sonny contributes to the Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society on an ‘as required’ basis

“It is a reflection of our community in Ngunguru and Tutukaka and I feel honoured to be recognised in this way. The one thing I would say is that I have always tried to integrate all races around me into our community because the community is made up of the sum of all its parts, not just one,” he says.

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environmental effects of plantation forestry - the Ngunguru catchment PDF Print
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Written by Jenny Baker, Wade and Jan Doak, ECO   
Thursday, 10 July 2014

The Ngunguru Catchment, Northland, New Zealand: Case Study

This discussion document compiled by Jenny Baker for ECO developed in response to concerns by local people on the impact of plantation forestry in Northland and whether the operations were meeting New Zealand standards or standards under the international Forest Stewardship Council. That reflects a wider concern that FSC – certified plantation forests may not be compliant elsewhere in New Zealand, and that considerable environmental damage from siltation of waterways and other impacts.

For many years local people have held concerns over plantation forestry practices in parts of the Ngunguru catchment in Northland, New Zealand. The management of adverse effects from plantation forestry activities is difficult in the area due to a combination of factors including steep country, highly erodible soils, and periodic high rainfall events.

It is not unusual for forestry operations in Northland New Zealand to be located in sensitive catchments, on both the East and West Coasts. “Exotic Forestry covers 14% of the land area in Northland. Based on 2002 and 2007 census data, 2011 sampling, and the recently released Land Cover Database 3, the area in Exotic forest has steadily decreased from 171,000ha to 159,000 ha.“ (Northland Regional Council, State of the Environment Report 2012).

Extensive planting of exotic (non-native) pines in the 1970’s and 1980’s on steep land seemingly gave little consideration as to how the logs were to be harvested and the environmental effects of that part of the rotation in particular. The Ngunguru Catchment provides an example of a high environmental risk site for forestry operations in a sensitive catchment.

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Love your Water Northland - Tree Planting & Training Workshops PDF Print
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Written by Saskia, Sustainable Coastlines   
Monday, 09 June 2014

Northland: 9 June to 15 June. Training Workshops, Weds 11 June, Tree Planting, Sun 15 June.

Over the years our experienced team has delivered educational programs to nearly 100,000 people, motivated tens of thousands of volunteers to remove over a million litres of rubbish from the coast, and planted thousands of trees alongside our waterways.

We are now working on building community capacity to address the quality of our waterways and we would love your help. From May to August this winter we are coordinating Love your Water — our nationwide Training Workshops and Tree Planting Tour — during which we will share our experience in public speaking and event planning, and learn from local groups along the way.​

We will be in Whangarei from 9 June 2014 to 15 June 2014 and would love to see you there. Read below for details of the activities you can get involved in.

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Ngunguru Sandspit Campaign Continues PDF Print
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Written by Cam McInnes, NSaPS   
Friday, 23 May 2014

Last month the Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society (NSaPS)was pleased to host Whangarei MP Hon Phil Heatley on a visit to the Ngunguru Sandspit. The trip involved members of the Society kayaking across the Ngunguru river with Mr Heatley, walking around the base of the sandspit and viewing the coastal forest areas and Whakairiora mountain.

Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society representative Jim Kilpatrick with Hon Phil Heatley MP

"It is a wild, beautiful place," said NSaPS spokesperson Cameron McInnes "and Mr Heatley was instrumental in helping us get the top end of the sandspit into public ownership and safe from inappropriate development so it was great to be able to get him back out there and show him the unfinished business."

In 2011, 83.4 hectares of the sandspit was acquired by the Crown after prolonged lobbying by NSaPS and the Tutukaka Coast community, however 68 hectares of land at the base of the spit, including Whakairiora mountain remains in private ownership.

"NSaPS has always sought to have these areas of rare and outstanding coastal forest and sand dunes made into reserve land, so many people will be surprised to know that these areas are still at risk of development" said Mr McInnes "this visit gives us a chance to highlight the importance of these areas to our community."

The Society continues to be active with trying to get the remaining Sandspit land and Whakairiora Mountain transferred to public ownership, remaining vigilant in case of moves toward inappropriate development and liaising with DOC and local iwi about a management plan for the  83.4 hectares currently in Crown ownership.

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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,   
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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Sunday, 16 February 2014
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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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