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Written by The Northern Advocate - Report by Dylan Thorne   
Sunday, 30 April 2006
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Te Arai Beach and the endangered Fairy tern. - Picture/Northen Advocate

Dinah Connon and her six-year-old son James had the middle of Te Arai Beach to themselves yesterday.

Solid 2m waves crashed beyond the shallows and a strong northerly wind wound its way down the coast. The water was a little less than warm but it's not often you get a beach to yourself.

"I asked my son whether he wanted to go to the wild beach where there'll be no one there, or Mangawhai Heads," Mrs Connon said. "Of course he wanted to go to the wild beach."

Lined by dunes and pine plantations, the beach was "one of the most beautiful" she has seen.

However, locals fear such idyllic, uncrowded, scenes could be a thing of the past if plans for a massive subdivision get the go ahead.

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