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Written by David Clarkson, Bay of Islands Coastal Watchdog and Bay of Islands Maritime Park   
Thursday, 13 March 2008

The Hon. Trevor Mallard
Minister for the Environment
Parliament House

Dear Sir,

Re: Raewyn Peart article Time to get serious about our Coastline
NZ Herald Tuesday 29th January 2008.

I am representing both the Bay of Islands Coastal Watchdog Inc. and the Bay of Islands Maritime Park Inc. groups, who have been separately discussing, for some considerable time, methods of achieving an independent form of coastal control, as the model presently in use is unsatisfactory.

An article by Raewyn Peart, the senior policy analyst for the Environmental Defence Society, in the NZ Herald (attached) succinctly summarized the fears that members of each organization held, and provided a very satisfactory solution to the problem.

Her solution to the linear sprawl of the current coastal development boom is to have a politically independent N.Z Coastal Commission, which would develop a national coastal strategy to ensure that our undeveloped coastlines are preserved.

The concept is widely used overseas. Amongst others, we have studied the role of the Coastal Protection Board of South Australia, and Peart mentions coastal management strategies of California, NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

As Peart points out, the concept is not new for N.Z, as it was hotly debated during the 1970’s, with the “Coastal Moratorium and Management Bill” introduced into Parliament in 1975.

Thirty odd years later, the time is certainly long overdue for this concept to be re-introduced. Would you please do it now.

Yours faithfully,
David Clarkson.

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