A tragedy of monumental proportion is unfolding at Te Arai beach.
Having already carved up the land behind the beach north of Te Arai Point, developers have now turned their attention to the beach which stretches south from Te Arai Point to Pakiri.
It's obvious the developers intention is to turn what should have been a national park for all to enjoy, into an American-style private, exclusive enclave for a few select people, mostly from overseas. The ‘great unwashed' will be kept as far away as possible so as to not disturb the wealthy few, hence the attempt to close off the Black Swamp car park from the public.
This is not the Kiwi way, it's wrong and everyone knows it.
Stand up and speak out before it's too late.
Devich Road, Mangawhai
There has been much discussion on our rivers and harbours and the effect of the dairy industry on the quality of the water.
The Kaipara harbour is the drainage catchment for about 640,000ha of land and the myriad towns, villages and road networks.
In the case of the Otamatea river at Batley, at least two townships' wastewater and sewage after treatment discharge into it (Maungaturoto and Kaiwaka). Most toilets and septic tanks ultimately find their way to the harbour. At least two old town dumps closed some 30 years or more ago and sealed, to supposedly stop leaching, are on the banks of this stretch of the harbour. Maungaturoto is far from sealed and continues to leach every tide.
Miles of sealed highway and metal roads have oil and detritus ultimately washed into the harbour after rain.
The dairy industry is far from perfect, but it is far from the only perpetrator in this pollution debate.
Those who live and work in the area, as well as pass through, all contribute to water quality.