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Sand mining ” threatens Mangawhai”

Extensive continued sand mining off Mangawhai could destroy the Sandspit Wildlife Refuge and decimate the harbour and estuary into open sea, according to marine engineers consulted by the Mangawhai Harbour Restoration Society. A proposal to substantially extend the sand take between Pakiri and Mangawhai for the Auckland construction industry poses a major threat of ‘reverse …

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Funding from the National Lottery aims to save threatened sand dunes

Since 1900, sand dune habitats have declined by a third, and by nearly two-thirds in Wales, putting endangered species — such as the natterjack toad, dune gentian, and sand lizard — at risk. The project — led by Natural England in partnership with National Trust, Plantlife, The Wildlife Trusts, and Natural Resources Wales — pioneers a new approach to dune management. Dubbed ‘Dynamic …

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Pakiri sand mining consent up for renewal

Sand supplier McCallum Brothers has started an investigation and consultation programme prior to seeking to renew its consent to mine sand offshore, between Pakiri and Mangawhai. Its current consent to extract sand from the Pakiri-Mangawhai embayment will expire in May next year. The company was granted permits from the Environment Court in 2006 to extract …

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Sand mining: the global environmental crisis you’ve probably never heard of

From Cambodia to California, industrial-scale sand mining is causing wildlife to die, local trade to wither and bridges to collapse. And booming urbanisation means the demand for this increasingly valuable resource is unlikely to let up Times are good for Fey Wei Dong. A genial, middle-aged businessman based near Shanghai, China, Fey says he is …

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