Awaroa Beach officially becomes part of Abel Tasman National Park

Awaroa Beach officially becomes part of Abel Tasman National Park
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A beach bought after a massive crowdfunding campaign which united thousands of Kiwis has officially become part of Abel Tasman National Park, with the handover heralded as “a victory for positive people power”.

At a ceremony on Sunday afternoon, Awaroa Beach became part of the Department of Conservation’s (DoC) estate.

In January, Christchurch men Duane Major and Adam Gard’ner launched a crowdfunding campaign to buy the beach for all New Zealanders to enjoy, following fears it could slip into private hands.

The sale of the seven-hectare property with 800 metres of pristine coastline was confirmed at the end of February, with the Government putting in $350,000 and the Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust giving $250,000.

This brought the final sale price to $2.8m.

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner said the beach’s addition to Abel Tasman National Park was “a special day for New Zealand”.

“It’s a victory for positive people power and for preserving our environment.

“All those who contributed have given a wonderful gift to our nation.”

Wagner said the beach was now protected forever, with public access guaranteed.

“It’s a victory for positive people power and for preserving our environment.

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“All those who contributed have given a wonderful gift to our nation.”

Wagner said the beach was now protected forever, with public access guaranteed.

The beach’s sand dune ecology would be restored, while weeds would be cleared and native species replanted to improve the habitat the area provided for coastal birds like oystercatchers, dotterel and godwits.

“New Zealanders can be proud that they rallied together to raise the funds to buy this beach for all to enjoy as public land,” Wagner said.

 

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