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Other Coastlines - Papakanui Spit
Written by Laura Franklin, Editor, The Northern Advocate   
Friday, 19 January 2007

Why is it that we are blessed with such wonderful wildlife in New Zealand, and yet have such a terrible record of looking after it?

The addition of more than 400 creatures to the national list of threatened species has been an unhappy start to the 2007 conservation year. And seven native species have been crossed off completely - now considered extinct.

What a shame that despite the unique natural assets of our country, we are world leaders in our rates of extinctions due to the destruction of forests, wetlands and coastline, the introduction of predators and the many other threats that humans bring with them.

...we must beware that people enjoying the coastal environment don't put these fragile birds at risk by carelessly using vehicles on the dunes, encroaching with residential developments or introducing predators.

However, what's worth remembering, celebrating and safeguarding in any way we can is the fact that many rare national treasures still find a haven in Northland.

A good news story this week to illustrate that was the fledging of the first fairy tern chick in five years at Papakanui Spit on the Kaipara Harbour.

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