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Ngunguru estuary water trail - geology kayak tour PDF Print
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Written by Darlene Buckley   
Wednesday, 02 November 2011

1pm – 3pm, Sunday 6 November

All Welcome

Bring your own kayak or canoe, meet on the beach opposite the Tutukaka Coast Motor Lodge, 2015 Ngunguru Road.

Geology Tour guides: Chris & Darlene Buckley, 434-4268

Enjoy an afternoon kayaking on the Ngunguru Estuary. Kayak-based Geology Field Trip paddling through 300 million-years of geologic history as seen along the lower Ngunguru Estuary from the entrance headland, Red Rock Beach, active sand systems along the shores of the sand spit, rock platforms and MORE! This is a free event if you bring your own boat.

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Bell of the 'Busy Bee' PDF Print
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Written by Wade Doak   
Friday, 28 October 2011
Sonny Wellington receives the Busy Bee's bell from Wade Doak

Just as humans have different faces so that we can tell one from another visually, in their world of sound each dolphin makes its own signature whistle. When Jan and I were researching dolphins with our specially rigged sailing catamaran R.V. Interlock back in the seventies, we needed some way of matching this, by making a distinctive sound with each dolphin meeting. This, we hoped, would show we were with it in getting to know the different pods we were encountering. Then we met a Ngunguru motel owner with a dolphin story.

Bill Shanks was crewing on the Tutukaka fishing-boat Busy Bee when it was servicing a huge experimental trap net up at Whale Bay. One morning they found a big bottlenose dolphin in the net. To release it necessitated hauling the dolphin on board, but it did not resist in the least. They steamed three miles out, soothing it and pouring water over its skin. When set free it leapt clear of the water and vanished.

Next day as the Busy Bee left Tutukaka Harbour two dolphins met them off the entrance with a series of superb leaps. One of them they recognised as the dolphin they had liberated the day before: a nick made by a rope in the rear base of the dorsal fin.

I showed Bill our first bottlenose pictures. That was how we came to name that big dolphin Busy Bee.

After publishing a description of this dolphin in a diving magazine in April 1979, we received a report from skindiver Alan Morrison. He had seen Busy Bee at Great Barrier Island: "In the evening of 10 January 1979 at the entrance to the small cove on the north side of Rakitu Island off Great Barrier, members of our diving club met three large dolphins. The two big ones were apparently copulating. We snorkled with them for half an hour. One of the large dolphins had the top of his dorsal missing. Another appears to be your Busy Bee dolphin and the smaller of the trio has a nick from the tail and a small spot on its dorsal."

A short while later - on 22 January – Jan and I sighted these same three dolphins on the Tutukaka stretch of coast, fifty miles to the north and took pictures of them on our bows.

Subsequently the fishing vessel Busy Bee was wrecked in the far north with the loss of two lives. The bell was given to R.V. Interlock. This is the bell we rang whenever we met dolphins. It covered many miles of ocean dangling from our bowsprit.

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Welcoming the godwits PDF Print
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Written by NSaPS   
Friday, 28 October 2011

Images of the Godwit welcome, an event held on 21 September, are now posted in the photo gallery.


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You're invited to the "We helped Save Ngunguru Sandspit" party PDF Print
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Written by SNS   
Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Dear Friends of Ngunguru Sandspit

The fantastic news that most of the Ngunguru Sandspit is now in “safe hands” under Crown ownership is definitely cause for celebration.

You are invited to a “We Helped Save The Ngunguru Sandspit Party” on Friday 30 September at the Ngunguru Memorial Hall from 5.30 pm until late. Its everyone’s chance to celebrate and our opportunity to thank our wonderful supporters and community.

Music and venue supplied but BYO everything else.

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Welcome the godwits PDF Print
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Written by Sophie Edwards   
Wednesday, 07 September 2011
Godwit welcome ad
It would be appreciated if people could bring a plate towards the morning tea.

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Celebrations PDF Print
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Written by Mary Britton   
Friday, 02 September 2011

Godwit welcome

Welcome the Godwits on Wednesday 21st of September at 9 am on the tip of the sandspit opposite Ngunguru School.

Sandspit celebration

Come to the celebration and thank-you party on 30th September at Ngunguru Hall. We will supply the music and the space. Please BYO everything else. If you have a photo we haven't seen of the sandspit, please send it in and we'll add it to our facebook wall.

People to thank

We are working on a list of all of the people we would like to thank for their help along the way in securing the sandspit in safe hands. We'd like your help to remember everyone! And there may be people who have helped and we just don't know about it. So please make your personal list of those you know have helped and send it to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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