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Written by Cam McInnes, NSaPS   
Friday, 23 May 2014

Last month the Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society (NSaPS)was pleased to host Whangarei MP Hon Phil Heatley on a visit to the Ngunguru Sandspit. The trip involved members of the Society kayaking across the Ngunguru river with Mr Heatley, walking around the base of the sandspit and viewing the coastal forest areas and Whakairiora mountain.

Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society representative Jim Kilpatrick with Hon Phil Heatley MP

"It is a wild, beautiful place," said NSaPS spokesperson Cameron McInnes "and Mr Heatley was instrumental in helping us get the top end of the sandspit into public ownership and safe from inappropriate development so it was great to be able to get him back out there and show him the unfinished business."

In 2011, 83.4 hectares of the sandspit was acquired by the Crown after prolonged lobbying by NSaPS and the Tutukaka Coast community, however 68 hectares of land at the base of the spit, including Whakairiora mountain remains in private ownership.

"NSaPS has always sought to have these areas of rare and outstanding coastal forest and sand dunes made into reserve land, so many people will be surprised to know that these areas are still at risk of development" said Mr McInnes "this visit gives us a chance to highlight the importance of these areas to our community."

The Society continues to be active with trying to get the remaining Sandspit land and Whakairiora Mountain transferred to public ownership, remaining vigilant in case of moves toward inappropriate development and liaising with DOC and local iwi about a management plan for the  83.4 hectares currently in Crown ownership.

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