22 February 2021
Nearly 150 people including Kaipara mayor, Dr Jason Smith, councillors and council staff, gathered at Mangawhai Heads surf beach on February 14 for the ‘Stand Against Sand Mining’ protest, forming a human S.O.S – ‘Save Our Sand’ – and waving placards to protest against ongoing sandmining along the Te Arai and Pakiri coastlines.
Organised by Friends of Pakiri, a support group of Mangawhai Harbour Restoration Society (MHRS) and long-time protesters of nearshore sandmining, the stand-in-the-sand hoped to draw attention to the potential destruction of shore beds, alleged loss of irreplaceable sand, and three looming sandmining consent hearings from Auckland companies Kaipara Limited (KL) and McCallum Brothers.
S.O.S means ‘Save our Sand’. Demonstrators take to the beach to raise awareness of the plight of local sand. PHOTO/ELEVATED MEDIA NZ
Kaipara mayor, Dr Jason Smith passionately expressed councils support: ‘We are happy to stand up and make a noise about things that matter to our communities!” PHOTO/GRANT CROWE
The Mangawhai Harbour Restoration Society, Friends of Pakiri Beach and the Stop Sand Mining group have a common cause; the end of offshore sand mining in the Bream Bay region.
Ken and the three community groups opposed are planning a publicity campaign. It will culminate on Sunday, February14 with a massed ‘stand up’ on Mangawhai’s beachfront.
“We’re calling anglers, bach owners, schools, surf clubs, surf lifesavers, boaties; everyone who has dipped a toe in the water,” says Ken. “We want
to gather a huge group to make a stand against this sand mining practice at noon on the 14th so that those making the decision will notice.”
BY KEN RAYWARD
The three current sand mining consent applications which pose threats to our coastal environment have had their hearings set for over the next few months, and are creating heightened awareness and increased concerns across Mangawhai, Te Arai and Pakiri communities.
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