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Thursday, 25 February 2010

Please feel free to use the attached letter and send to the relevant government ministers. If you wish, do add your own views as to why the sandspit should be protected.

Dear John Key and Kate Wilkinson,

Re: Ngunguru Sandspit protected

Thank you for your efforts to secure the Ngunguru Sandspit in “safe hands”. I understand that you have been working towards finding a solution for this precious taonga.

The Ngunguru Sandspit is iconic and unique. It is one of the few remaining unspoilt sandspits around the coast of New Zealand and has special significance as Waahi Taapu. It preserves numerous middens and other sites of archaeological significance. And it shelters insect, bird and plant life, some of those life forms endangered in other places.

The Ngunguru Sandspit has potential as a bird (wild-life) sanctuary, as a unique eco environment for cultural tourism and as an asset which can support the economic development of local iwi through a variety of means (including workshops and seminars on the history archaeology and ecology of the area). It is much loved by all of the people of the Coast.

The government have agreed that it deserves protection and undertaken to work with the landowner (Todd Property Group, formerly Landco) to secure the Sandspit in “safe hands”. However after much talk and consideration of a number of ways forward the Sandspit remains unprotected and vulnerable.

I have observed this government’s strong desire to think “outside the square” on numerous issues, seeking previously untried solutions to find new ways forward. Your parliamentary team includes top negotiators and solutions-focused thinkers.

I am writing to urge you to work with the Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society Incorporated, local iwi and Todd Property Group to find a solution in 2010 which secures the Ngunguru Sandspit for future generations.

Yours Sincerely,

(Copy to Phil Heatley, John Carter, Pita Sharples, Tariana Turia, Bill English, Hone Harawira, Shane Jones)

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