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Wednesday, 24 August 2005
  • New Zealand Herald article - Trade-off likely over sandspit
    Northland residents fighting to protect a cherished coastal landmark are likely to be offered a tradeoff in an effort to get at least some of them onside.

    Residents Pat Heffey and James Johnston with the spit in the background. 		       Picture / Martin Sykes Controversy has raged for decades over the privately-owned Ngunguru sandspit near Whangarei. Former owner Bob Green met fierce opposition each time he came up with a subdivision plan, including a 2001 proposal for 21 separate "farmlets" around the spit, which is classified as a coastal hazard zone and has a flood plain.

    Residents Pat Heffey and James Johnston with the spit in the background. Picture / Martin Sykes


  • Northern Advocate article - House values soar nearly 37% in past year
    "Whangarei Mayor Pamela Peters said residential property values throughout Northland were buoyant, with growth particularly in coastal and lifestyle areas."
    Related "Stuff" article: Boom times here to stay

    Professor Terry Healy and resident Robyn Ross by the stone seawall that 		       guards her home from the waves. Picture / Glenn Jeffrey

  • New Zealand Herald article - Our eroding nation: We shall not be moved
    "Managed retreat" has become the catchcry of councils struggling with eroding coasts. But it will never be popular with beachfront bach owners.

    Professor Terry Healy and resident Robyn Ross by the stone seawall that guards her home from the waves. Picture / Glenn Jeffrey

    Deal-maker Greg Olliver doesn't like to be interviewed or photographed. 		       This is a graphic likeness.

  • New Zealand Herald article - Olliver with a twist
    "At 38, Greg Olliver has risen to be one of the biggest risk-takers and deal-makers in Auckland property - but he still hasn't risen out of obscurity.

    The former pupil of Hillmorton High, Christchurch, has evaded a public profile despite his private land bank company, Landco, doing deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Deal-maker Greg Olliver doesn't like to be interviewed or photographed. This is a graphic likeness."


  • New Zealand Herald article - Town uproar over sandspit development.
    "Battle lines are being drawn in the sand at Ngunguru, near Whangarei, as developers and locals square off over the future of a treasured coastal landmark." Ngunguru resident James Johnston. Picture/Tania Webb


  • Northern Advocate article - Public: Keep hands off spit.
    Begins the same as the Herald article but contains more detail at the end about Landco."


  • One News item: Community consulted over sandspit.
    The company that has bought a Northland sandspit says it wants to hear from the community before it decides how to develop it.


  • Green Party Press Release: Coastal development needs closer scrutiny
    "Intensive development of coastal land in the Far North should be halted till guidelines can be drawn to protect areas of significance or environmental importance, Green Party MP Sue Bradford says." (Mentions "Whakairiora Mountain coastal forest near Ngunguru Sandspit")


  • Northern Advocate article - Sandspit on agenda.
    "The contentious question of how to develop the Ngunguru Sandspit will be debated at a public meeting tonight."


  • Northern Advocate article - Hapu to fight subdivision of sacred site at Ngunguru.
    "Three Whangarei hapu will fight plans to subdivide land containing a mountain they hold sacred. Te Waiariki, Ngati Korora and Ngati Taka hapu will appeal a decision allowing a 33ha block of land near Ngunguru to be subdivided into four lots."


  • NZine article: The Road To Ngunguru - Another Northland Secret


  • NewsTalk ZB stories:
    October 2004: Ancient battleground could be developed
    December 2004: Sandspit plan meets opposition
    February 2005: Another protest over Foreshore law
    March 2005: Mayor wants spit in public ownership
    March 2005: Insurers warn about coastal property
    March 2005: Cher eyeing winterless north (What does she know about preserving natural features?)


  • All-Blacks unveil new sandspit protest haka

    Video here . (4600KB)

    The All Blacks performing the haka before Saturday's match. 		       Picture / Mark Mitchell Kapa o pango kia whakawhenua au i ahau!
    Hi aue, hi!
    Ko Aotearoa e ngunguru nei!
    Au, au, aue ha!
    Ko Kapa o Pango e ngunguru nei!
    Au, au, aue ha!
    I ahaha!
    Ka tu te ihiihi
    Ka tu te wanawana
    Ki runga ki te rangi e tu iho nei,
    tu iho nei, hi!
    Ponga ra!
    Kapa o Pango, aue hi!
    Ponga ra!
    Kapa o Pango, aue hi, ha!

    An aerial view of the Ngunguru sandspit. Picture/Michael Cunningham, 		       Northern Advocate</

  • Northern Advocate article - Wary over plan for sandspit.
    "The land's owner, Auckland property development company Landco, has organised a public meeting in October to find out what the concerns of locals and iwi are."


  • Northland Stuff article: Cerulean chooses unspoilt NZ for major tourist project.
    (A proposed development at Butterfly Bay, north of Kerikeri.)
    Although the company holds the philosophy that the beach belongs to all, it would not be offering public access to the beach through the hotel property.
    (Cerulean C.E.O, Christen Bartelt)


  • Independent hearings commissioner, Alan Watson, on behalf of the Whangarei District Council, approves an application by Mathers, Butt and Partners for consent to subdivide Lot 3 DP 325466 into four allotments.


  • Northern Advocate article - Hapu face development of their 'sacred' mountain.


  • Northland Stuff article: Tsunami could strike 'any time'. A Tsunami could hit the Whangarei district's coastline any time, say experts.


  • Northern Advocate article: Sandspit campaign 'not over yet'.


  • Northern Advocate article: Ngunguru Sandspit off market.


  • The Northern Advocate article, picked up by the New Zealand Herald: Valued sandspit taken off market.


  • Whangarei District Council media release, dated 10 June 2005, Ngunguru Sand Spit Proposal (PDF, 32KB)


  • Bay Chronicle article: Lobby for coastal moratorium
    The Bay of Islands Coastal Watchdog is asking the Government to step in to protect the local coastal environment from inappropriate development.

    Alarm is growing over the possible sale and development of the 		       Ngunguru Sandspit. Picture / Michael Cunningham

  • New Zealand Herald article: Appeal to ministers: Stop Northland coast carve-up
    Conservationists on Northland's east coast are urging the Government to slap a moratorium on coastal subdivisions until national guidelines for coastal development are drawn up.


  • John Greenwood, from Bayleys Real Estate, on What's driving the waterfront market?—Aucklanders, apparently.


  • Northern Advocate article: Boaties launch themselves into Ngunguru sandspit protest


  • Northern Advocate article: Buy site best way to save sandspit


  • Lesley Jewell's article about Pat Heffey from the Northern Advocate "Shoreline"

  • From the New Zealand Listener


    • Diana Balham, with Hallowed grounds
      That threatened species: the democratic seaside campground

    • Bruce Ansley, with Foreign land
      "When you go to the beach, walk in the hills, take a holiday almost anywhere in the country, you can see a vanishing way of life. Walkways are replacing tracks, holiday homes are suffocating baches, turnstiles are turning up everywhere and camping grounds are disappearing altogether."

    • Bruce Ansley, with After the gold rush
      "In the regions, Nelson is leading the property market downturn, just as it headed its boom."

    • Bruce Ansley, with Foreshore's lament
      "The government's attempt to assert Crown ownership of the foreshore and seabed has already backfired, not least because Maori title already exists in some places, and foreign landowners also enjoy the kind of exclusive ownership claimed by some Pakeha to be so unacceptable."

    • Philip Matthews, with Paradise in peril
      "The property boom and population pressures are threatening the unique nature of our coastal communities."

    • Bruce Ansley, with Calling the shots
      "Is there enough protection of New Zealand's outstanding natural landscapes - or too much?"

    • Finlay Macdonald, with Shore enough
      "...we all, Maori and European alike, still cherish some form of sovereignty over our beloved coastlines, beaches and harbours..."

  • Wade Doak's articles at The Weka of New Zealand blog:



  • Read Sue Halliwell's Back to Nature article in The Northern Advocate, May 7, 2005.

  • Heritage NZ Magazine Online, Autumn 2003 Coastal Treasures Under Siege
    With the increased pressure on valuable coastal properties comes a threat to archaeological treasures. The rush to seaside development threatens to destroy a priceless record of national heritage.

  • Historic Places Magazine Online, February 2000 "Sacred Places" to the Maori
    One of the most commonly asked questions relating to Maori Heritage is "what is wahi tapu?" The term means "sacred place". However, wahi tapu is more than that and can encompass a great range of items, tangible and intangible.

  • "$37.6m sandspit valuation - WDC expected to protect icon" Northern Advocate news article

  • "Developers warned off sandspit" The NZ Herald takes up the same story

  • A major NZ Herald article about coastal property development - Coastline moving beyond our reach.

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