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Articles - Environmental Planning
Written by Bob Dey, The Bob Dey Property Report   
Sunday, 16 August 2009

Bob Dey

The Environmental Defence Society campaigns for controls on coastal development, and now its senior policy analyst, Raewyn Peart, has turned the campaign into a highly readable book on New Zealanders’ beachgoing heritage, Castles in the sand.

It’s a book that can be read for its history, containing numerous photographs of the changing human occupation of coastal settlements, particularly the 1950s bach-building era and the more recent replacement of those baches with seaside mansions.

But throughout, Ms Peart goes beyond merely recounting events to look at the impacts. As she wrote in her introduction: “Environmental management efforts to date have not been up to the job of ensuring that the public interest in the coast is protected when development occurs. Successive governments have adopted a laissez-faire approach to coastal management….

“We need to improve our design of coastal housing and locate it more carefully. We need to harness new development so that it restores areas of the coast which are degraded. We need to ensure that there is ample public access to the coast. And we need to safeguard low-cost holiday options such as cabins & campgrounds.

“But more importantly & strategically, we need to identify & protect parts of our rural coastline which should never be developed, those areas which should remain wild so that our children & grandchildren can continue to enjoy the open & undeveloped coast.”

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