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Written by Sophie Edwards   
Sunday, 27 September 2015

Drawn together by a shared interest in preserving and protecting the Sandspit and the adjoining coastal area, people from a wide section of the community gathered together to hear about Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society’s achievements during the past year.

Finding ways to cope with the growing demands on volunteers seems to be affecting many groups and organizations, ours included. In spite of this, NSaPS managed to continue with its two- fold tasks. First, the restoration of the DOC area of the Sandspit designated a Scenic Reserve and the other challenge is to find ways of safeguarding the balance of the Sandspit and Whakairiora Mountain.

Looking for words to describe this past year it could be summed up in a nutshell: close co-operation with partners. This last year has seen increased opportunities for working with tangata whenua, the community and DoC. This has been made possible as at the 2014 AGM Te Waiariki, Ngati Takapari, Ngati Korora approved of the need to start work to restore the sandspit. Working together we are laying the foundation for a future joint management system. It is hoped that the proposed new DOC signage will answer the many questions our volunteers were fielding.

After a site visit by DoC and NSaPS members in December a start was made on plans to restore the Sandspit. Before any work can be undertaken a Memorandum of Understanding has to be completed. This has taken longer than we had hoped! In the mean time work on adjacent private land has started on pest control. The public can be forgiven for asking “What is taking you so long?” The answer might lie partly in that the Health and Safety Reform Bill has been before Parliament and this may have added to the time it is taking to finish the document.

We are grateful for the support received from Tutukaka Coast Ratepayers & Residents Association of $5000 for work on restoring the Spit and the encouraging support for future help from NRC. NSaPS application for funding an initial three-year restoration plan for the Sandspit is currently being considered and a decision is expected to be announced before the end of August.

Environmental education has always been at the core of NSaPS programme. This has taken on a new dimension during the past year with the highly successful EarthEd programme. Plans for an Environmental Awareness Programme are under way. The focus will be on reaching out to whanau and others living in the area accessed by Ngunguru Ford Road.

The protection of the balance of the area at the south end of the Sandspit and the mountain was discussed at meetings with Dr. Shane Reti, Member of Parliament for Whangarei and Nicola Douglas, Director, Conservation Partnerships, DoC.

It is important to mention that we consider it especially important to network with other similar organizations with which we share common interests. This not only creates good understanding but gives added strength with which to face the many challenges. NSaPS successful past ten years gives us confidence that we can continue to build bridges of understanding in the future.

View the treasurer's report.

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