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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
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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 20082009 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 3951, April 2013

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Todd Property unveils plans for Paraparaumu business PDF Print
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Written by Joel Maxwell, Kapiti Observer   
Tuesday, 09 April 2013

Airport could create 5000 jobs

Plans for the billion-dollar Kapiti Coast Airport development have been revealed as its owner seeks to loosen council restrictions.

Todd Property Group general manager Bryce Morrin said the company was looking to invest $1b on a project it estimated would create 5000 fulltime-equivalent jobs, directly and indirectly, in areas such as construction, retail, and tourism

"However, I cannot justify that to my board and shareholders if we cannot get the best rate of return. Our option is to pour that into one of our other land holdings around the country where the investment will be more welcomed."

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Appeal Court Decision released February 2013 PDF Print
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Written by Leonie Molloy, Friends of Matapouri   
Sunday, 07 April 2013
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The decision by the Appeal Court on the Otito Reserve has been released on 28 February 2013.

In June 2012 members of Friends of Matapouri and the Hapu Trust attended the Appeal Court in Wellington.

The latest decision by three Judges confirms the decision by Justice Heath (released December 2010) that the Chief Surveyor erred in law by applying the wrong test in making the decision to approve DP 199214 and that it should not have been approved for survey purposes.

DP 199214 was the plan submitted and approved by LINZ that saw approx 1.1 hectares of reserve land incorporated into a private title. Most of this land was subsequently purchased by DOC for $3.5m and returned to reserve status.

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Five month trek for Linda to fulfil a life's ambition PDF Print
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Written by Mike Barrington, The Northern Advocate   
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Linda Donaldson finally gets those boots off after covering 3054km walking from Cape Reinga to Bluff on the Te Araroa Trail.

The boots that Linda Donaldson wore during a trek from Cape Reinga to Bluff are destined to become treasured pot plant containers at her Ngunguru home.

She covered 3054km during her five-month hike and her trusty boots gave her only one blister.

Linda's husband Jim also deserves credit for the comfort of the long-lasting footwear. He followed his wife in their campervan and when she emerged from bush sections of the Te Araroa Trail he would give the boots any repairs needed so Linda could keep wearing them. When she reached Bluff the pair celebrated with oysters and champagne, which Linda thoroughly enjoyed after bush meals of cold muesli and noodles. She ate well on the trail, but still lost 5kg.

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Kia ora: Ngunguru PDF Print
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Written by Elisabeth Easther, The New Zealand Herald   
Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Elisabeth Easther revels in an abundance of native wildlife

Ngunguru spit on Northland's East Coast. Photo / Supplied

Origin of name: Maori for "rumbling tides".

Population: Approximately 1500.

Where is it: Three or four minutes to Tutukaka, 26km to Whangarei, two-and-a-half hours from Auckland.

Interesting historical facts: The Melanesian Mission ship, Southern Cross, was wrecked in Ngunguru Bay in 1860. In 1892, coal was discovered at Kiripaka, at the headwaters of the Ngunguru River and, over 30 years, 630,000 tonnes of coal were extracted.

Main employer: The tourism industry. This area is a magnet for foreign and local visitors.

Sources of pride: Was voted second most beautiful coast on Earth by National Geographic magazine and is also on the AA's "Top 101 Must Do" list.

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