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Written by NSaPS   
Wednesday, 28 December 2011
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Enjoy it, care for it
And have a lovely holiday

25 August 2011 we celebrated the wonderful news:Ngunguru Sandspitwas now in public ownership.

There is more to do. The balance of the Sandspitand the forest-clad slopes of Whakairiora mountain remain in the ownership of a property development company, but that is a conversation for another day.

For now, the iconicpiece of land of high ecological, cultural, historical value is now acknowledgedand protected as a national treasure. Its amenity value to the local community and the many visitors is obvious. It also serves as a protection to the mainland from severe weather events.

Discussions are underway about a cooperative management Trust, with tangata whenua, representatives of the community,and DoC sharing the responsibility ofrestoring and protecting the land.Setting up a management system of this kindneeds to be done with care and sensitivity. It cannot be rushed.

In the meantime locals and visitors are asking: "What happens next?""Are we allowed to walk anywhere?"

The key word is: awareness. Being aware of the values that make this land so precious. Respect the needs of the birds who rely on habitats like the Sandspit for survival. The fragile sand dunesand vegetation should be treated with respect. The area is rich in archaeological sites and we understand that the entire Sandspitis waahi tapu - sacred ground.

The message to all:become informed, spread the wordthatwe all need to be caretakers.

Rules about land in Crown ownership and managed by DoC, apply to the Sandspit. They include restriction on vehicles, dogs, camping, lighting of fires etc.Signs will soon be put in place to guide those who want to visit the Sandspit. In the meantime, please keepdogs on lead and help to keep the Sandspit clean.

Ngā mihi o te wā me te Tau Hou
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year


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