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Written by Mike Dinsdale, The Northern Advocate   
Monday, 16 June 2008

Credit: Michael Cunningham

A land swap involving conservation land is still the most likely option to put the iconic Ngunguru Sandspit into public ownership, the Department of Conservation says.

Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick and Associate Conservation Minister Mahara Okeroa met representatives of sandspit owner Landco at Tutukaka in April in a bid to kick-start a deal for the sandspit.

Ms Chadwick told the Northern Advocate at the time after seeing the sandspit she was determined to save it from development.

Landco has run into stiff opposition to its plans to subdivide the sandspit into 350 sections covering 36ha, with another 85ha in reserve.

...we are putting in a lot of energy into this, Landco and ourselves, and we are keeping the Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society in the loop as well.

The Department of Conservation's Northland conservator Chris Jenkins said negotiations with Landco had been ongoing since and both sides were determined to come up with a solution that satisfied everyone.

Mr Jenkins said while no firm offer had been made, a land swap involving a piece of conservation land was the most likely option.

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Reprinted in the New Zealand Herald as DoC upbeat over sandspit

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