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Written by Lindy Laird, The Northern Advocate   
Monday, 11 September 2006

Marine biologist Lew Ritchie and resident, Andrew McClurg at rear. Picture/John Stone

A marine biologist says a plan to try to stop the natural effects of time and tide at Matapouri Bay is "appalling stupidity".

Estuarine specialist Lew Ritchie is one of many local residents opposed to Whangarei District Council plans to dredge sand from the Matapouri Bay estuary and use it to build up the beach on the adjoining sandspit.

The movement of sand that had alarmed beachfront property owners was a natural process of tidal and storm action, he said.

"For goodness sake, that's what the sea does, and then it eventually puts it all back again."

If they want to live there then they have to take what Mother Nature and Father Time chuck at them

The district council applied last November for Northland Regional Council resource consents to dredge up to 20,000 cubic metres - 2000 ten-tonne dump truck loads - of sand from the shallow estuary.

It also requested consent to remove a patch of mangroves.

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