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Written by Whangarei Leader   
Wednesday, 08 February 2006
Ngunguru Sandspit

I was surprised to read in 'Developer signals date for initial Sandspit plans' (Leader, January 17) that Muriel Newman thought people attending the recent meeting in Ngunguru were 'given peace of mind' when told by Landco that a public reserve would form some part of their development concept.

Clearly, parts of the Sandspit can not be built on. I think many people at the meeting were aware that some kind of reserve on those parts (where development is out of the question anyway) will inevitably be part of the leverage Landco uses in its efforts to develop other parts of the Sandspit.

I detected no peace of mind from those attending the meeting, perhaps an acceptance that a difficult time is ahead.

Local survey results presented at the meeting by Frank Newman showed that just over 75 percent of those who responded used the highest possible rating to express their concern about potential development on the Sandspit; and 92 percent want Whangarei District Council to give the Sandspit greater protection through zoning changes.

People are trying to work out how to engage with Landco. They want leadership from district and regional councils, and they want central government and councils to work with Landco to protect the Sandspit through public ownership.

That's what I took from the meeting.

Beth Neill, Ngunguru
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