Surfbreak Protection Society
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Te Arai

Te Arai is arguably one of the few untouched slices of the east coast of northern New Zealand and the favoured surf break for many east coast surfers from the Auckland and Northlanbd regions. It is situated about 100 kms north of Auckland and neighbours the growing town of Mangawhai to the north. Te Arai is under threat.

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Te Arai is well known among the New Zealand surfing community, for many as their surfbreak of choice when the east coast is doing it’s thing. A selection of beach and sandy point breaks make up this inspirational spot. There is a well established local community including many surfers who call Te Arai home, either growing up there, or moving to the area because of it’s natural beauty and great surfing.

The natural beauty, amenity value, ecosystems and wildlife habitats are at risk from a development proposal now before the Rodney District Council. A residential sub division, golf courses and visitor facilities are all proposed for Te Arai under this proposal.

The first requirement for the developer’s plan to go to the next stage requires a change to the Rodney District Plan. Hearings for the hundreds of submissions received, including one from Surfbreak Protection Society are being heard from 2nd March 2009. We are working closely with the Te Arai Preservation Society, Save Te Arai and other expert submitters to ensure that we put forward the strongest argument we can. We believe the proposal is inappropriate for Te Arai and does not fit with the overall plan for the area.

Surfbreak Protection Society is adamant that Te Arai should be retained as a natural sanctuary for all to enjoy and cherish. This includes surfers, the general public of New Zealand, the rare native birds that breed and live there, marine life including frequent dolphin visits and maintaining high standards of water quality and healthy vegetation in the area.

Keep an eye on our news page for updates on the progress of the hearings and follow up activity. If you have any thoughts or ideas do contact us and feel free to write to the Mayor and councillors at Rodney and Central Government Ministers of Conservation and Environment.

A selection of beach and sandy point breaks make up this inspirational spot. There is a well established local community including many surfers who call Te Arai home, growing up, or moving to the area because of it’s natural beauty and abundant surfing opportunities

The natural beauty, amenity value, ecosystems and wildlife habitats are at risk from a development proposal now before the Rodney District Council. A residential sub division, golf courses and visitor facilities are all proposed for Te Arai under this proposal.

The first requirement for the developer’s plan to go to the next stage requires a change to the Rodney District Plan. Hearings for the hundreds of submissions received, including one from Surfbreak Protection Society are being heard from 2nd March 2009. We are working closely with the Te Arai Preservation Society and other expert submitters to ensure that we put forward the strongest argument we can. We believe the proposal is inappropriate for Te Arai and does not fit with the overall plan for the area.

Surfbreak Protection Society is adamant that Te Arai should be retained as a natural sanctuary for all to enjoy and cherish. This includes surfers, the general public of New Zealand, the rare native birds that breed and live there, marine life including frequent dolphin visits and maintaining high standards of water quality and healthy vegetation in the area.

Keep an eye on our news page for updates on the progress of the hearings and follow up activity. If you have any thoughts or ideas do contact us and feel free to write to the Mayor and councillors at Rodney and Central Government Ministers of Conservation and Environment.

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