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Written by Mike Barrington, The Northern Advocate   
Friday, 23 January 2009

The recession has put the brakes on Department of Conservation plans to buy the Ngunguru Sandspit to save it from development.

Parties with an interest in the acquisition - developer Landco, DoC and the Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society - were working toward a common goal of protecting the sandspit, Northland conservator Chris Jenkins said.

"But it is a difficult time to find the money. When you are talking millions of dollars in the middle of a recession, it's tough," he said.

"If we could get the money the rest would probably be pretty easy."

But just how much money was needed no one was prepared to say and no firm date had yet been set to resume stalled negotiations for DoC to either buy the sandspit - where Landco plans to subdivide 36ha into 350 sections and reserve another 85ha - or exchange other conservation land for it.

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