Offshore sand dredging opposed

Critics of sand mining say it is eroding the beach at Mangawhai.

Auckland Council has received 661 submissions following the public notification of Kaipara Limited’s resource consent application for offshore sand extraction near Pakiri.

Of the 661 submissions, just four were in support while the remainder opposed the application.

Kaipara Limited have applied to extract 150,000 cubic metres of sand a year, from a depth of 25 metres, offshore from the Pakiri-Mangawhai embayment.

Kaipara Limited is currently preparing additional information to address some of the matters raised in the submissions, as well as updating their draft management plans.

Once this information has been submitted, a public hearing date will be set.

The consent was last granted in 2003 and will expire in February 2023 if not renewed.

Meanwhile, McCullum Brothers’ application to extract 76,000 cubic metres of sand per year for 35 years closer to shore is still in limbo.

Auckland Council says the application is currently on hold pending receipt of further information from McCullum.

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