READER REPORT:

My precious environment: No going back

CHRIS PARKER
Last updated 09:28 31/10/2012
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My precious environment is our coastline, particularly the undeveloped parts or places with good surf!

It makes me feel a whole new level of awful when I see our beautiful coastline get ''developed''. Once this happens, we will never have the true beauty back again.

A classic example is what is unfolding at Te Arai Beach, one of the only undeveloped east coast beaches between Auckland and Whangarei (a golf course is planned)! Another case is Mangawhai Heads, it now has a resort and an eye sore of a mansion reeking of self importance overlooking it.

One cannot go to a beach such as Karekare, Piha, Bethells, Te Arai or Mangawhai Heads and simply be in awe of the spectacular natural beauty of the place. It sickens me that people are all too keen to ruin these beaches with the blight of development.

These places should be left as they are so that everyone can go and enjoy the natural wonder that they possess.

Please stop development that's threatening to over grow our coastlines, they're not making anymore. Leave the development to places such as Omaha, Orewa, Mt Maunganui.


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