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Other Coastlines - Coromandel
Written by Isaac Davison, The New Zealand Herald   
Monday, 02 November 2009

Residents near an iconic beach are unsettled by plans for its development, but owners of the land are promising not to ruin the untouched paradise.

Voted by the Observer as one of the best unspoiled beaches in the world, New Chums is accessible only by boat or 30-minute hike from Whangapoua beach.

Visitors who make the journey are met by an arc of white sand framed by nikau, pohutukawa, rata, with rarely a sound apart from dotterel on the shore.

When Thames-Coromandel mayor Philippa Barriball learned 330ha had been sold to ambitious Queenstown-based developer John Darby and fund manager George Kerr, she wrote them a letter to urge restraint in their plans.

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