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Other Coastlines - Te Arai / Mangawhai
Written by Peter de Graaf, The Northern Advocate   
Friday, 10 July 2009

Te Arai beach - one of the last untouched beaches between Mangawhai and Auckland. Picture/John Stone

Rodney District Council has turned down a plan change application for a 180-lot development at Te Arai Beach, just south of Mangawhai Heads.

The council's decision could spell the end of the project, first mooted four years ago, as well as a long campaign by conservation groups such as Te Arai Beach Preservation Society.

Chairman Mark Walker said the group was "ecstatic".

Te Arai was the last remaining wild, unspoiled beach between Auckland and Mangawhai, and it needed to be preserved for future generations.

The beach was also home to New Zealand's most endangered bird - about 40 fairy terns are thought to survive, mostly on Northland's east coast.

"The bottom line is that the commissioners said it's the wrong place for development, as we've said all along."

Mr Walker said the group's success was the result of "a lot of hours put in by a lot of people".

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