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Written by Raewyn Peart, EDS   
Thursday, 10 May 2007

...There are many more David and Goliath examples where small groups of concerned locals are taking on the might of developers to preserve their piece of paradise.

Some argue that local protestors are just trying to pull up the drawbridge and keep others out of their piece of coastline. They contend that there is plenty of undeveloped coast left and no need for concern.

Along the stunning Whangarei district coastline for instance, 1,500 lots had yet to be built on in 1992, a land bank sufficient to meet projected housing demands for the next 20 years.

It is true that if you travel to remote areas of the country you will still find areas of beautiful undeveloped coastline. But how many undeveloped high quality beaches can you find within 2 hours drive of Auckland, to provide much needed respite for 1.2 million people? And how much coastal land has already been subdivided and not yet built on, so the impacts of inevitable development are not yet visible? Along the stunning Whangarei district coastline for instance, 1,500 lots had yet to be built on in 1992, a land bank sufficient to meet projected housing demands for the next 20 years. What will the coastline look like when all these houses are built, let alone those on any subsequent subdivisions?

A laissez-faire approach to coastal development means that few benefit - the developer and subsequent property owners - while the wider public pays the cost through the loss of our treasured wild coastal places. This is the logic of the market, to maximise short term financial gains. If we are all to benefit from coastal development, we need wise and strong management of the coast in the public interest....

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