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Appeal Court Decision released February 2013 PDF Print
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Matapouri
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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Economic benefits
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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Roam Auckland's wetland gems PDF Print
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Written by Dionne Chistian, The New Zealand Herald   
Friday, 15 February 2013
Waiatarua Reserve wetlands, located in Remuera, Auckland. Photo / Steven McNicholl

To appreciate what wetlands offer, you really have to see them, walk in them and have a good look at what's living there. They are extraordinary places and extraordinarily important to the environment. We want everyone to know that and the way to achieve this is to encourage people to get out and explore."

So says Auckland Council senior biodiversity adviser Miranda Bennett, and I can see what she means. We're standing just 7km from downtown Auckland, in the middle of the LeRoys Bush and Little Shoal Bay wetland in Birkenhead, but we might as well be in another country.

It's tranquil. A gentle breeze offers respite from a scorching sun and stirs native swamp plants such as raupo (native bulrush) and carex grasses. We seek shelter from the sun on well-built paths which meander through cabbage trees, nikau palms, karaka, kowhai and coprosma.

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Keeping an eye out on Matapouri baches PDF Print
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Written by Sophie Ryan, The Northern Advocate   
Thursday, 17 January 2013
 UNITED FRONT: Elizabeth Fuge is committed to bringing the community together in the face of worrying incidents at empty baches. JOHN STONE

A woman who lives at a popular holiday spot on the Tutukaka Coast is hoping to form a community watch group after several break-ins and even reports of suspected squatters in empty baches.

Mrs Fuge is confident she will have many permanent Matapouri residents on board to help keep an eye on things around the community.

Long-time Matapouri resident Elizabeth Fuge wants to collect contact details of every property owner in the area in an effort to create a community watch telephone tree.

"It's an idea that came to me from a guy out at Woolley's Bay and, when nothing like that was happening here, I thought I'd do it myself," she said.

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Coastguard volunteers attend medivac in Tutukaka PDF Print
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Written by Coastguard, Scoop   
Thursday, 17 January 2013

At 0938 hours today [Wednesday, 16 January 2013], Coastguard Northern Regionís Communications and SAR Response Centre was alerted by St Johnís Ambulance of a vessel just off the coast of Tutukaka that had a person on board who had suffered a suspected stroke.

St Johnís received the initial call from the distressed vessel via cell phone and passed the alert on to Coastguard who tasked Tutukaka Rescue. Tutukaka Rescue managed to establish contact with the vessel on Channel 04, a local game fishing channel in Tutukaka, and arrived on scene within 10 minutes of leaving their base.

On arrival to the vessel, a first response was put on board to assess the situation and stabilise the patient. Tutukaka Rescue then escorted the vessel back to the Tutukaka Marina where they berthed the vessel and were met by St Johnís Ambulance. The patient in distress was taken to hospital.

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Boaties, let nature have its tern PDF Print
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Te Arai / Mangawhai
Written by Mark Bellingham, The New Zealand Herald   
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Mangawhai Heads is home to half of the breeding pairs in the fairy tern population of 43 birds in total. Photo / APN

When mooring access comes before world's rarest shore bird our society is insane.

It's some topsy-turvy world where the community's decision-maker was being forced to weigh up the possibility of bringing a species to extinction against people wanting to moor their boats closer to their homes.

Mangawhai Harbour is promoted as a water-lovers' paradise and the perfect launch pad for surfers, boaties and recreational fishers. But some locals are gunning for significant development of the natural landscape with little regard for the importance and fragility of the harbour's wildlife.

Many people don't realise Mangawhai Harbour is critical to the survival of New Zealand fairy terns.

Fairy terns are New Zealand's rarest shore bird. There are just 43 left in the world. Each one is so vital to the species' survival that the Department of Conservation (DoC) and volunteers take turns to watch over the birds in shifts, at nesting sites during the breeding season.

This critically endangered species once bred around the North Island and upper South Island, but is now confined to four nesting sites north of Auckland.

Mangawhai is the most important of the four sites, with half of the population's breeding pairs feeding on small fish found in the mangroves that grow in the harbour. These small, gull-like birds are already on the knife's edge of extinction, and yet we're at risk of losing this critical feeding ground.

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Paradise in the making - for the rich PDF Print
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Long Bay
Written by Bernard Orsman, The New Zealand Herald   
Saturday, 12 January 2013
Popular Long Bay has struggled to cope with up to 25,000 visitors a day during the holiday season. Photo / Greg Bowker

Long Bay land too expensive to be used for affordable housing envisaged in council blueprint, say developers.

One of Auckland's few large-scale housing developments, at Long Bay, is exactly the type of model the Auckland Council does not want - expensive houses on large sections gobbling up prime land.

This time next year, residents will have moved into the first three-bedroom, stand-alone houses costing at least $700,000, backing on to Long Bay beach and regional park.

The park's facilities have struggled to cope this summer with up to 25,000 visitors a day during the holiday season.

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Slug sightings creeping up PDF Print
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Written by Lindy Laird, The New Zealand Herald   
Thursday, 10 January 2013
Sea hares washed up at Ngunguru, Northland. Photo / Supplied

A spineless fellow with biggish ears and a fondness for squidgy environments has been hanging about around Whangarei coastal spots.

Department of Conservation marine ranger Marie Jordan said a number of sea hares, (Aplysia species), sometimes called sea slugs, had been turning up at Ngunguru and other estuaries in recent days.

They live on the seabed at varying depths but it is not unusual for them to be found washed up on the high-tide line.

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Focus on new project after loss PDF Print
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Todd Property Group
Written by Mark Price, Otago Daily Times   
Wednesday, 05 December 2012

Unimpressed and annoyed property developer Bob Robertson, of Wanaka, plans to ''crank up'' his new 1000-lot residential development near Christchurch, having lost his Pegasus town development to Todd Property Group.

Todd announced yesterday it had bought the 1700-section Pegasus development 25km north of Christchurch.

The town, with its 14ha lake, 18-hole golf course and commercial centre, was developed by Mr Robertson over 10 years and already has 600 inhabitants.

In recent months, he had worked to refinance the development in a joint venture with Todd but then "right at the last minute, life changed a bit".

Mr Robertson told the Otago Daily Times yesterday about the problems he encountered when the Bank of Scotland International, from which he had borrowed the money to finance the Pegasus development, got into financial trouble.

The debt was eventually taken over by New Zealand Property Finance, which Mr Robertson says is a consortium of Brookfield and Goldman Sachs in Australia.

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