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Written by Sophie Edwards   
Wednesday, 07 March 2012

It is here before our eyes, near but not easily accessible. To get to the Sandspit from Ngunguru you have to go by boat or swim. It is this that adds a special quality to the area. Walk on the ocean beach and you have before you an expanse of sea and sky, golden sand dunes and a forest clad mountain. The rest of the world could be far, far away. We seek out such places of solitude to refresh and energise, to unwind and put aside, even if just for a short time, our daily worries.

The "wilderness concept" has become increasingly recognised as having an important contribution to make to our health, wellbeing and even bringing considerable economic benefit through tourism.

Definition of "wilderness": a natural environment that has not been significantly modified by human activity. We associate the word with remote blocks of land in high country areas and vast scenic reserves in the South Island. Areas with few facilities nearby, a long distance away even with modern methods of transport, difficult to access.

Yet right here in front of us is our very own "wilderness." This is a rare, unspoilt land, an important coastal feature. We are fortunate that all this is within our reach. It is easy to see what happened to virtually all other sandspits along our coast where the natural character has long been lost. We are working with our partners to establish a joint management structure, a Trust for the area of the Sandspit now in public ownership, managed by DoC.  This is the prime task of NSaPS at present but long before formal management document is finalised there will be many ways for the community to get involved in the work of restoring and protecting the Sandspit.

(Reprinted from the March 2012 Focus magazine)

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