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Written by Linda Donaldson / Sally   
Saturday, 12 March 2016

Yours to value and enjoy, the Ngunguru Sandspit is the venue for the popular annual community beach walk to be held this year on Sunday March 20.

Free boat crossings will take people from Ngunguru to the Sandspit to visit this wilderness landscape with many stories to tell about history, culture, rare plants and wildlife.

Find out more by walking on the Sandspit, with its spectacular ocean beach and Ngunguru Bay, and get a feel for what is a vulnerable dune landscape supporting endangered wildlife. Keep to the low tide mark; look for a while, not disturbing the variety of birdlife – Dotterels, Oyster Catchers, Godwits, Caspian Terns, Black Backed Gulls, and 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 but those without boats can catch a ride with “boaties” who have kindly volunteered to ferry people. If you have a life jacket please bring it along.

People first need to register at the marquee in Te Maika Rd near Ngunguru School then there’s a rolling start ferrying people to the Sandspit from 10.00am to 11.30am with final ferry transport back to Te Maika Road at 12.30pm.

Beach combing for rubbish will be a focus of the walk with rubbish collected to be audited by students from Ngunguru School as part of their Earth Ed programme.

Local iwi, DOC and the Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society (NSaPS) are working to restore and protect the natural character and future of Pii Manu/Ngunguru Sandspit.

Weed management to promote stabilising native plants, as well as control of pest such as stoats, cats and dogs to protect nesting shore bird has commenced this year with grants from DOC and support from TCR&R. Community support and interest in Ngunguru Sandspit needs to stay strong, as indicated by the turn out to last year’s Ngunguru Sandspit Beach Walk. Come and enjoy the fun!

Get involved in the future of your Sandspit, your place.


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