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Written by Cameron McInnes   
Monday, 31 March 2014

More than 100 people showed up to enjoy the unique beauty of the Ngunguru sandspit at the 2014 Sandspit Beach walk earlier this month.

The event was organised by the Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society (NSaPS) and was held to coincide with national Seaweek.

"The sandspit walk was once again a great day" said Cameron McInnes from NSaPS "We had lots of locals turn up as well as people from Whangarei who had come out especially for the walk, and a few international visitors who just happened to be in the right place at the right time."

"It's great to be able to offer people who wouldn't usually have access to the spit an opportunity to visit this national treasure' said Mr McInnes "and NSaPS would like to thank everybody from the district for all their contributions of time, boats, knowledge, rubbish bags, advertising space, lifejackets and sign writing skills that made this day possible, it makes me very proud to be part of this community."

This year participants collected rubbish from the beaches along the sandspit which was ferried back across the river to be audited by the Ngunguru School Environmental Education Unit. A total of 6 rubbish sacks plus half a kayak was sorted through by students and categorised.

"Food packaging accounted for the largest number of units of rubbish, followed by fishing related rubbish"" said teacher Loren Hope "the students found some interesting items including 10 mismatched jandals and a pregnancy test".

"It was weird to see how much rubbish came back from the Sandspit. It was a bit disgusting! I want to stop people littering" said student Kaleb Harte (10).

"I was shocked over how much rubbish washed up from the sea because it could kill our animals. It was especially shocking to see how much food waste came up onto our sandspit" said TeHuia Kouratoras (11).

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