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Articles - Public Ownership
Written by Radio NZ News   
Saturday, 05 April 2008

The group pushing for public ownership of a Northland sandspit says residents will consider using their own money to secure it.

Landco is proposing a 350-house subdivision at Ngunguru and has turned down the department's previous offers of a land swap.

People in the area have been lobbying since the 1970s for the government or local councils to buy the spit and protect public access, rare birdlife, and conservation values.

Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick last week met the head of the development company, Greg Olliver, along with local people who want to save the spit.

Ms Chadwick says the land is too fragile and precious for development and a way must be found to save it.

She asked Department of Conservation staff to talk again to Landco about a possible deal.

Mary Britton of the Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society says the market for coastal properties has dipped and the spit may now be a liability for Landco.

She says people in the area are prepared to put up money to safeguard the land.

Landco says the meeting with the minister was positive and it is considering the options for the future of the spit.

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