Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society
Main Menu
All items
Key Resources
Articles by Topic
Other Coastlines
Human Interest
Photo Gallery
Contact / Donate / Join
Comment Page
Sandspit Prints
Secure Login Form

Lost Password?
No account yet? Register
Whangarei District Council Latest News
The last 30 days of latest news published by Whangarei District Council
Tutukaka Coast
Tutukaka Coast
Verse of The Day
“U tonu hoki toku whakaaro, e kore te mate, te ora ranei, e kore nga anahera, nga rangatiratanga ranei, e kore nga mea onaianei, e kore nga mea e puta mai a mua, e kore nga mana, E kore te tiketike, e kore te hohonu, e kore tetahi atu mea hanga, e kaha ki te momotu i a tatou i te aroha o te Atua, i tera i roto nei i a Karaiti Ihu, i to tatou Ariki.” (Romans 8:38-39)

Powered by
Recent popular items
Tutukaka Coast promo
Home arrow Events arrow The Sandspit is ours!
The Sandspit is ours! PDF Print
User Rating: / 1
Written by NSaPS   
Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Enjoy it, care for it
And have a lovely holiday

25 August 2011 we celebrated the wonderful news: Ngunguru Sandspit was now in public ownership.
There is more to do. The balance of the Sandspit and 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 iconic piece of land of high ecological, cultural, historical value is now acknowledged and 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 of restoring and protecting the land. Setting up a management system of this kind needs 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 dunes and vegetation should be treated with respect. The area is rich in archaeological sites and we understand that the entire Sandspit is waahi tapu - sacred ground.

The message to all: become informed, spread the word that we 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 keep dogs 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

Add as favourites (148) | Quote this article on your site | Views: 1650

Be first to comment this article

Only registered users can write comments.
Please login or register.

Powered by AkoComment Tweaked Special Edition v.1.4.6
AkoComment © Copyright 2004 by Arthur Konze -
All right reserved

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 December 2011 )
Next >


© 2018 Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.