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Mayor says ratepayers can't afford to buy Ngunguru sandspit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Radio New Zealand   
Tuesday, 15 May 2007

The Mayor of Whangarei says her ratepayers can't afford to buy the Ngunguru sandspit if the developers are forced to sell it.

The Environmental Defence Society claims the Whangarei District Council could save the spit by designating it as a reserve under the Public Works Act.

The Environmental Defence Society claims the Whangarei District Council could save the spit by designating it as a reserve under the Public Works Act.

Mayor Pamela Peters says the law still requires the council to reach an agreed price with the owner.

The current owner, Landco, has announced a plan for a 350 home subdivision.

Environmental Defence Society chairman, Gary Taylor, says the plan has little chance of gaining consent.

He maintains the Public Works Act process could bring the price of the spit down to about $3 million - because it would not take the possible development value into account.

Landco plans to apply for subdivision consent later this year.

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