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Human Interest - Local
Written by Northland Regional Council   
Monday, 22 July 2013

Safety concerns caused by rapidly shifting sands and exposed rocks have prompted a local authority decision to remove the navigation lights on the beacons at the harbour entrance to Ngunguru.

Ngunguru channel
A recent photo showing the sandbanks effectively
blocking the previous marked channel to Ngunguru.

Jim Lyle, the Northland Regional Council's Opua-based Regional Harbourmaster, says ongoing, large-scale movement of the sand in the area meant the lights no longer marked the actual channel entrance and they would be removed today to deter people from attempting to enter at night.

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