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Calling all beachcombers! Ngunguru Sandspit Beach Walk PDF Print
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Written by Linda Donaldson, NSaPS   
Friday, 27 February 2015

It’s time again for the popular Ngunguru Sandspit Beach Walk. This year Sunday 29th of March is set for this fun community event with free boat crossings to the sandspit from 10am at Te Maika Road near Ngunguru School.

Walking on the sandspit, people can appreciate the spectacular ocean beach and Ngunguru Bay, as well as get a feel for what is a vulnerable dune landscape supporting endangered wildlife. Keep to the low tide mark look for while not disturbing the variety of birdlife – dotterels, oyster catchers, godwits, Caspian terns, black backed gulls, pied stilts. Please leave your dog at home!

Attendees are encouraged to bring their paddle board, kayak, tinny or surfboard to make the crossing over to the sandspit. Those without boats can catch a ride with our “boaties” who’ve kindly volunteered to ferry people. Don’t forget to bring a life jacket.

People first need to register at the marquee, then there’s a rolling start ferrying people to the sandspit from 10 to 11.30am. Beach combing for rubbish will be a focus with final ferry transport back to Te Maika Road at 12.30pm. Rubbish collection will be audited by students from Ngunguru School as part of their Earth Ed programme.

While weed management to promote stabilising native plants, as well as control of pest such as stoats, cats and dogs to protect nesting shore bird is still pending, the community support and interest in the Ngunguru Sandspit stays strong, as indicated by the turn out each year to the Ngunguru Sandspit Beach Walk.

Local hapu, DoC and NSaPS – Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society are working to restore and protect the natural character and future of Pimanu/Ngunguru Sandspit. The sandspit has many faces: beauty, wildlife, remoteness, wild ocean-side, quiet estuary-side, and special characteristics that link ocean, river, coastal forest, and shore community of Ngunguru Sandspit.

Ngunguru annual Sandspit Walk is a fun event with a conservation wish at the heart of it. We’re looking forward to another big community turnout.

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