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Other Coastlines - Te Arai / Mangawhai
Written by Wayne Thompson, The New Zealand Herald   
Friday, 18 July 2008

It is hoped that the fairy tern will breed in the Mangawhai area.

Plans for a resort village at an unspoiled north Auckland beach are to be revised in light of sharp criticism from regulators and conservation experts.

Critics of the proposal say its urban nature cuts across regional and local planning aims for the Pakiri-Mangawhai area.

It would also bring more people to remote Te Arai Beach where it is hoped the "critically threatened" New Zealand fairy tern will start breeding again.

Rodney District Council planning commissioners were to begin next week a marathon hearing of a request for a plan change and a variation to the district's major planning documents.

Te Arai Beach Preservation Society chairman Mark Walker said if the council turned down the idea of a new town, negotiations for the Crown purchase of the land for a regional park would be rekindled.

But the commissioners yesterday approved a request by the promoters to put the hearing on hold so it could respond to a council staff recommendation that the plan change be withdrawn.

The earliest date now for the hearing is late October.

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