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Written by Denise Piper, Whangarei Leader   
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
TEARS OF JOY: Kuia Emma Cribb sheds some tears on the shoulder of Sophie Edwards, overjoyed at news the sandspit is now in public ownership.

Tears of joy flowed on the Tutukaka Coast with news the Ngunguru sandspit is now in public ownership.

The government has bought the low-lying sandspit off Todd Property Group after decades of community lobbying.

Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson came to Ngunguru on Thursday, announcing the deal in front of about 60 residents and visiting the sandspit in Whangarei MP Phil Heatley's boat.

The transaction sees DOC acquire the spit while Todd Property gets the former Napier Hospital site, and as part of the deal funds a new mental health unit in the Hawke's Bay. Specific details have not been disclosed.

Mrs Wilkinson acknowledges the sandspit is a national treasure with major flora and fauna including kiwi and dotterels, and recognises its cultural and archaeological significance.

"Mother Nature has given us one of the best countries in the world. It's my pleasure to say it's safe it's now protected for the future.

"We will work with the community as to how best to manage it," she says.

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