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Ngunguru channel entrance unsafe – harbourmaster PDF Print
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Written by Northland Regional Council   
Monday, 22 July 2013

Safety concerns caused by rapidly shifting sands and exposed rocks have prompted a local authority decision to remove the navigation lights on the beacons at the harbour entrance to Ngunguru.

Ngunguru channel
A recent photo showing the sandbanks effectively
blocking the previous marked channel to Ngunguru.

Jim Lyle, the Northland Regional Council's Opua-based Regional Harbourmaster, says ongoing, large-scale movement of the sand in the area meant the lights no longer marked the actual channel entrance and they would be removed today to deter people from attempting to enter at night.

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Humpback whales off Tutukaka Coast PDF Print
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Written by Peter de Graaf, The Northern Advocate   
Wednesday, 03 July 2013
A migrating humpback

Volunteers at a Northland marine conservation trust have had a close encounter with a pair of migrating humpback whales.

Silvia Streit was finishing her morning coffee at the Orca Research and Education Centre, on the clifftops between Matapouri and Tutukaka, when she saw a whale spout in the distance about 9am on Monday.

Marine mammal expert Ingrid Visser, of the Orca Research Trust, identified the source as a pair of humpback whales so, joined by Mrs Streit's husband Walter and fellow volunteer Robert Lehmann, they set off in an inflatable boat to find them.

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NSaPS newsletter June 2013 PDF Print
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Written by Steve Marshall   
Thursday, 27 June 2013

Hello Full Members and Friends

We of your Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society committee had our last formal communication with you via newsletter just before Christmas.

However we enjoyed catching up face to face with many Friends and members of the public through our attendance at important community events including the Ngunguru Fair and Matapouri Gala where we raised awareness about the Sandspit.

Now it’s time to share an update and a cuppa at our AGM. We warmly invite you to the AGM on Saturday July 6 at 2pm in the Ngunguru Memorial Hall.

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Typical North Auckland coastline near Whangarei — a view at Ngunguru PDF Print
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Written by Auckland Weekly News, Auckland Libraries   
Monday, 17 June 2013

From the Auckland Weekly News, 24 May, 1939.

Found in the Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries.

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A Day on the Beach at Ngunguru, near Whangarei, Auckland (1910) PDF Print
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Written by L. Hanlon, Auckland Weekly News, Auckland Council Libraries   
Sunday, 09 June 2013
Photographer, L. Hanlon, Auckland Weekly News

Taken from the supplement to the Auckland Weekly News 01 SEPTEMBER 1910 p002. Source: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries.

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Scows in Ngunguru Harbour waiting for the wind to change (1902) PDF Print
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Written by H. Winkelmann, Auckland Weekly News, Auckland Libraries   
Sunday, 09 June 2013
Photographer, H. Winkelmann, Auckland Weekly News

Showing scows in Ngunguru Harbour waiting for the wind to change, taken during the cruise of the S S Hinemoa

Taken from the supplement to the Auckland Weekly News 25 September 1902 p009. Source: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries.

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Looking across Ngunguru Bay, Ngunguru (1980s) PDF Print
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Written by Eric W. Young, Auckland Libraries   
Sunday, 09 June 2013

Photographer: Eric W.Young

Date Period: 1980-1989

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Property developer eyes Shelly Bay PDF Print
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Written by Emma Jolliff, TV3   
Friday, 07 June 2013
Shelly Bay, TV3

3 News understands a property developer has made an offer to buy 30 hectares of iwi-owned land at Wellington's historic Shelly Bay.

Business owners say the rundown area on the Miramar Peninsula needs investment, but filling it with houses risks closing it off to the public.

Shelly Bay is home to artists, studios and a cafe which all lease properties from the Wellington Tenths Trust.

Tthe former air force base was handed over to Taranaki iwi in 2009 as part of a treaty settlement. Now, businessman Allan Probert says developers Todd Property Group have made an offer to buy it.

...building houses on such an iconic piece of land is totally out of the question.

"We're talking a $10 million offer and that's pretty tempting for iwi who are the owners, but for us, building houses on such an iconic piece of land is totally out of the question."

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Demolition of old hospital to begin PDF Print
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Written by Tracey Chatterton, The Dominion Post   
Sunday, 02 June 2013
COMING DOWN: The old hospital on Napier Hill will make way for new apartments and houses.

The run-down old hospital that dominates Napier Hill is to be pulled down, starting next week.

Todd Property Group will begin removing the buildings that have fallen into disrepair since the hospital closed in 1997.

Homes and apartments offering panoramic views over Hawke's Bay will be built in their place. The group has lodged consent applications to build eight houses in stage one of the development.

Most of the 17 buildings spread over 5 hectares would eventually come down, Todd Property Group managing director Evan Davies said.

The group bought the land in 2011 as part of a government asset transfer that involved it selling land in Northland to the Department of Conservation.

Structural engineers were investigating the possibility of redeveloping the old maternity ward into apartments.

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Place attachment and community activism at the coast: PDF Print
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Written by Damian Collins and Robin Kearns, New Zealand Geographer   
Saturday, 20 April 2013

The case of Ngunguru, Northland

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The politics of place precipitated by a development proposal for a privately owned sandspit in Ngunguru, Northland, is examined in this article. It centres on residents' place attachment and the ways in which this helped to inform community resistance to development. A framing analysis of 23 stakeholder interviews conducted in 2008–2009 was carried out by the authors. Place attachment was centred on holistic appreciation of the sandspit's special values. A widespread view that exercise of private property rights over the site was deeply problematic was informed by this appreciation. Community ties were enhanced by shared perceptions of a threat to the sandspit.

New Zealand Geographer, Volume 69, Issue 1, pages 39–51, April 2013

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