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Other Coastlines - Te Arai / Mangawhai
Written by Mike Barrington, Northern Advocate   
Tuesday, 27 February 2007

Fairy tern chicks - most endangered bird in New Zealand. Picture/Rex Williams

Half a dozen small rare birds get special protection in a Maori hapu's plan to create a new coastal settlement south of Mangawhai.

The measures to save endangered fairy terns are included in an application seeking a Rodney district scheme change to enable 850 homes - including 200 visitor accommodation units and a public golf course - to be built in the former Mangawhai State Forest.

The development is proposed by the Te Uri o Hau hapu of Ngati Whatua and its joint venture partner the New Zealand Land Trust on 620ha in the northern part of the forest. The hapu received the land in its $15.6 million Treaty of Waitangi settlement in 2002.

The hapu also holds the forestry licence for 750ha in the southern section of the forest.

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