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Written by Mike Dinsdale, The Northern Advocate   
Thursday, 09 November 2006

Ngunguru Sandspit. Picture/Michael Cunningham

The Department of Conservation wants to swap conservation land for the Ngunguru Sandspit in an effort to stop the iconic peninsula being developed.

DOC's Northland Conservator Chris Jenkins said the sandspit was an important biological and cultural site and the department was keen to protect it.

Mr Jenkins said initial talks had been held with the sandspit's owner, Landco, about the possibility of a land swap, with other DOC land possibly given to the company in exchange for the 151ha sandspit.

We want to be able to protect it if we can. It's got significant biological and cultural values and is an absolutely incredible landscape for that community.

The Northern Advocate revealed in August that Landco had plans to put up to 400 sections on the property and put 50ha into reserve at the northern tip of the sandspit.

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