New Zealanders connect strongly with the coastal environment and there is continual pressure to subdivide and develop coastal land. Spits and shellbanks are inherently fragile environments that are prone to rapid change, but at the same time they are critical habitats for wildlife, including threatened species. Having an intact and uninterrupted continuum of habitats from low tide through the intertidal zone to the dunes and coastal forest increases the ecological value of the site. Having to make an effort to get there means that disturbance will also be reduced.
Having previously visited Totaranui, further to the north, we are familiar with the area and now we have a great excuse to go back. We look forward to seeing the campaign come to a successful conclusion and to the beach being added to the national park. Congratulations to the visionaries who made the effort to make this happen and "good on ya mate" to everyone who has stepped up to support it. We are proud to have joined the crowd.