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Written by Linda Donaldson   
Sunday, 15 November 2015

Plans to free Ngunguru Sandspit, Pii Manu, of weed and animal pests have been boosted through a $15,000 grant from the DOC Community Fund.

The funding is tagged specifically for removal of the wilding pines and will become available for the financial year starting July 2016.

Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society’s (NSaPS) bid for help towards a larger restoration project coincided with DOC receiving the largest number of applications ever to the fund.

DOC says the fund is directed at practical, on-the-ground projects.

“These projects will maintain and restore the diversity of our natural heritage and enable more people to participate in recreation, enjoy and learn from our historic places, and engage with and value the benefits of conservation.”

The money will enable the first big, joint step of hapu/iwi, NSaPs and the community working together to restore Ngunguru Sandspit, Pii Manu.

Contractors will be necessary on the Sandspit due to the nature of the work and stringent new Health and Safety Regulations.

After the major work of removing the pines and getting rid of noxious weeds is done there will be plenty of scope for volunteers to help by hand pulling seedling weeds to prevent them from becoming a problem later.

Please treat this environmental, historical and cultural treasure with respect. There is an all-year-round Whangarei District Council ban on dogs on Ngunguru Sandspit beaches for conservation purposes. Also, DOC regulations for the Reserve on the Sandspit include: no dogs, vehicles or bikes, camping, fires, litter or horses.

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