25 August 2011
EDS applauds excellent outcome for Ngunguru Spit
Government announced earlier today that Northland's Ngunguru Sandspit has been acquired by the Department of Conservation. In a related transaction Todd Property Group, the former owner of the Spit, has purchased the former Napier Hospital site.
"This is an excellent outcome for Ngunguru Spit," said EDS Policy Director Raewyn Peart.
"There have been numerous attempts to acquire the sandspit into public ownership since the early 1970s, but all failed
"EDS would like to commend the efforts of Todd Property Group Managing Director Evan Davies, Minister of Conservation Kate Wilkinson and the Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society in finally getting there.
"EDS has long argued for the need for better protection of our coastline. It is great to see innovative approaches taken, such as this, to achieve that end.