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Written by Northern Advocate / New Zealand Herald   
Friday, 12 October 2007

Landco's proposal to sell sections on Ngunguru Sandspit has brought howls of protest.

A plan to swap conservation land at Uretiti for the Ngunguru Sandspit has been rejected by Conservation Minister Chris Carter as not in the public interest.

Sandspit owner Landco has plans for up to 350 sections covering 36ha of the sandspit with another 85ha in reserve, possibly under the control of the Queen Elizabeth II Trust.

But the proposal stirred a storm of protest and the Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society formed to fight it and prevent any development on the sandspit.

The Department of Conservation has been trying to come up with a solution and Mr Carter said he had looked at an idea to swap conservation land at Uretiti for the sandspit.

Mr Carter said DoC, in conjunction with Whangarei District Council, would continue to work to find ways of protecting Ngunguru Sandspit from subdivision.

"An idea to privatise 386ha of conservation land near Uretiti Beach in order to save the ecologically valuable Ngunguru Spit from subdivision was not in the public interest."

Mr Carter said DoC had preliminary discussions with Landco on the possibility of doing a proposed subdivision at Bream Bay, just south of Whangarei, instead of the ecologically sensitive sandspit. But the proposal did not get near the consultation stage.

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