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Written by Tim Watkin, The Listener   
Thursday, 25 May 2006
The Listener cover story from the December 31-January 6 2006 issue is available online.
As our coastline is being sold off and developed, even the minister fears we’re losing access to those classic summer places.

It’s here on the left, the Tutukaka Estate,” says Wade Doak, pointing to a pair of large stone walls and a long driveway that heads up into the hills. On the roadside, real estate signs promote the glories of buying one of only three remaining lots, including a one-hectare slice of headland. “Ocean views”, “water, water everywhere” and “countless white sandy beaches”, the signs promise in letters black and bold. It’s a day to believe every word—the sky is blue and the sun insistent.

Doak, a diver, author and documentary maker, offers a wry grin. “It’s a funny thing. All these things that the real estate people appeal to are the values that we seek to defend. That’s what they’re selling, and thereby destroying.”

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