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Articles - LandCo Proposal
Written by Laura Franklin, Editor, Northern Advocate   
Thursday, 30 November 2006

The spinmeisters of Landco let slip their plans for the Ngunguru Sandspit a little earlier than they intended to yesterday when their latest newsletter was briefly posted on their website.

It revealed that - right in line with the Northern Advocate's earlier reports - a residential development of 350 buildings is proposed for the southern end of the sandspit.

The information, complete with diagrams of the planned subdivision, was quickly taken down - but opponents of the development will no doubt be flocking to view exactly what they're up against in a public display at the Ngunguru Memorial Hall from tomorrow at 10am.

We can expect the reaction to be fierce.

Should we have faith that once an application is lodged, the council will be vigorous in considering the many opposing views and ensuring that a potentially unsafe and inappropriate residential subdivision gets no further than the drawing board?

And rightly so. Ngunguru Sandspit ticks all the boxes for an environment worthy of preservation: It is ecologically unique and is home to threatened native species; the Department of Conservation recognises it as an important biological and cultural area; it contains wahi tapu sites - Maori burial grounds and a sacred mountain - recognised by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust; in council land-management speak, it is defined as a "visual amenity" and an "outstanding natural feature"; it is a coastal and flood hazard zone; it acts as a safety barrier for Ngunguru from extreme weather conditions, and has been breached by storms within recent history.

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