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Written by Gary Taylor, EDS, The New Zealand Herald   
Monday, 09 November 2009

Wainuiototo Bay. Photo: Martin Sykes

News of a new development proposal for Wainuiototo, or New Chums Bay, has rightly raised public concerns. New Chums is possibly the last pristine beach on the Coromandel Peninsula.

It is a real gem. It was described by the Observer newspaper as one of the 20 best deserted beaches in the world.

The Environmental Defence Society's files on New Chums go back a long way to when the Crown looked at buying the land in the 1980s for a coastal park.

Since then, ownership of the 362ha property has changed several times. There have been many development proposals. EDS and others have strongly opposed them. All of them have failed.

Now John Darby and George Kerr have worked up the latest proposal. Their plans will shortly be publicly notified by the Thames-Coromandel District Council for submissions from the public.

It's a story of lost opportunities, compromises and a lack of leadership.

The story of New Chums is very much the story of New Zealand's coast. It's a story of lost opportunities, compromises and a lack of leadership.

The Government could have bought the property for a song in the 1980s but failed to do so. Environment Waikato could have acquired the land for a regional park, like the Auckland Regional Council has done with large parts of its coastline, but chose not to.

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