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Annual General Meeting, 30 August PDF Print
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Written by Sophie Edwards   
Wednesday, 27 August 2008

The Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society Incorporated AGM for Associate (Friends) and Full Members is to be held at the Ngunguru Memorial Hall on Saturday 30 August 2008 at 2.00 pm.

Guest speaker, Dave Monro, will inspire and challenge you with: "Visions of the Past, Present & Future of the Ngunguru Sandspit".

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 August 2008 )
Hillary Challenge 2008 -- final round 19-23 May PDF Print
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Written by Gloria Bruni / Michelle McCabe   
Saturday, 28 June 2008

One afternon last December I had a phone call from Michelle McCabe, leader of the Whangarei Girls and Boys High School's combined team for the 2008 Hillary Challenge Competition. She told me the preliminary round (in which they subsequently came first from a field of 19) required an environmental component and they'd elected to make theirs the Ngunguru Sandspit. Michelle was seeking information and whatever support we could offer. That began a relationship between NSaPS and 8 inspiring students, their coaches and parents.

You have seen subsequent updates and photos of "our" team on this website. Now you can read the harrowing conclusion: 2008's Hillary Challenge Finals, in the words of Michelle, team leader. This time they did not win, but placed 9th in a field of 12 from all over New Zealand plus a team from Singapaore. Since none of them is in their last year at high school they are already planning next year's Hillary Challenge campaign. Read Michelle's account and see if you think you'd be likely to do the same.


White Van: Back row, from Left: Sam Sharp, Callum Harris, Marcus Grierson, Saen Rusk. Front row, from Left: Michelle McCabe, Gemma Coutts, Nick Wheaton, Cory Malcolm

At OPC: Back row, from Left: Saen Rusk, Marcus Greerson, Callum Harris, Sam Sharp. Front row, from Left: Michelle Mc Cabe, Cory Malcolm, Nick Wheaton, Gemma Coutts

Missing from both photos: Coaches Mo Fitzpatrick WGHS and Lee Jones WBHS.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 August 2008 )
Northland Conservation Management Strategy review PDF Print
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Written by Department of Conservation, Northland   
Friday, 30 May 2008

Tapotupotu Bay. Photo: Sylvia Bauer.

We really need your participation in reviewing our Conservation Management Strategy (CMS)!

The Northland conservancy is beginning that review process.  The current CMS expires in 2009.

A CMS describes how places the Department manages on your behalf, (public conservation land and water) should be and look in 10 years time. 

It's about how people like you can support the conservation task. So your views on the places you visit, value and treasure are really important. 

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Our submission to the WDC draft annual plan, 2008-09 PDF Print
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Written by NSaPS   
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

Submissions to the Whangarei District Council's draft annual plan closed on 9 May. The society has made a submission. Here's a copy:

NSaPS submission to WDC draft annual plan (PDF, 50KB)

You can still make a submission. Use our useful index to give you some ideas for content.

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 May 2008 )
Guidance on making submissions on the Proposed NZCPS PDF Print
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Written by Environmental Defence Society   
Monday, 05 May 2008

Submissions have now closed

The NZCPS is a very important document in the hierarchy of resource management policies and plans. It sets out objectives and policies for the coast on matters of national significance. All regional and district level policies and plans under the Resource Management Act 1991 must give effect to the NZCPS.

The proposed 2008 NZCPS will replace the existing 1994 NZCPS which has been rather ineffective in giving clear direction about coastal planning and management. This has been in part because it has not been followed by district councils and consent authorities (poor practice) and also because it was a first generation NZCPS and was not as directive as it might have been.

The opportunity is now open to community groups and individuals to submit on the proposed 2008 NZCPS. In making submissions, EDS suggests that the following high level considerations should be included.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 May 2008 )
WDC submission by the TCR&R PDF Print
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Written by Mary Britton, chairperson, Tutukaka Coast Residents' and Ratepayers' Association   
Monday, 05 May 2008

We are placing our submission to the Whangarei District Council in the public domain for local residents, and others, to see both in the interests of education and also as a model for their own submissions, if they wish to get involved.

TCR&R submission (PDF, 162KB)

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Last Updated ( Monday, 05 May 2008 )
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