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Other Coastlines - Newly Created Parks
Written by Jarrod Booker, The New Zealand Herald   
Thursday, 16 October 2008

Outdoors enthusiasts and conservationists are celebrating a $40 million purchase of spectacular high-country land, ensuring its future protection and access for the public.

The Government's purchase of the 78,196ha St James Station has put back into public hands a property Prime Minister Helen Clark describes as "staggering in scale and in terms of its natural attributes".

Conservation lobby group Forest and Bird says the purchase, when added to other conservation land, makes the vision of a "coast-to-coast protected corridor" a reality.

The central South Island station includes the largest area of land leased by the Crown for farming, but in recent years only 13 per cent has been used for grazing.

It is located on three mountain ranges, and contains the headwaters of two major rivers - the Waiau and the Clarence.

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