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Written by Mike Dinsdale, The Northern Advocate   
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
NZ FIELD TRIP: Students from Stockholm University have been in Northland studying public attitudes to geographical features such as Ngunguru Sandspit.

Northlanders' attitudes towards their geographical features - such as Ngunguru Sandspit, Waipoua Forest and Mander Park - are currently under examination by a group of visiting university students from Sweden.

Fourteen geography students from Stockholm University and two of their tutors have been in Whangarei for the past week as part of their studies.

Associate Professor of Geography at the university, Peter Kinlund, said the students, aged from 22-30, were here to examine how the public looked at geographical features and issues as part of their studies.

Some students were examining how public attitudes towards the iconic Ngunguru Sandspit have changed over the years, with the Government buying the site last year to save it from development.

The fight to save Ngunguru Sandspit from development was one of the most high profile struggles in recent memory in Northland and attitudes towards the conservation area are being studied by Mikael Hagberg and Carl Hamnesjo.

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