New opportunity to protect Wainuiototo/New Chum

16 Nov 2021

New opportunity to protect Wainuiototo/New Chum

A contribution by Preserve New Chum for Everyone committee member, Catherine Delahunty The 30ha of the northern headland of Wainuiototo/New Chum Beach is suddenly up for sale. It is a receivership sale and the sale date is 23 November. Local group, Preserve New Chum for Everyone, the Whangapoua Beach Ratepayers Association and national group, EDS (Environmental Defence Society), with people from Ngati Huarere ki Whangapoua are working to protect the beach. Our first step is to mount a serious bid to buy the headland by raising money from the public and applying to the Natural Heritage Fund, which is a DOC fund set up to help protect important places with natural values for future generations. We have a very short time to generate enough money to make a bid to the receivers.
Although it’s a beautiful coastal headland, any private developer who thinks this is a great opportunity needs to look closer. There is no road access to this forested headland and no right to build on it. The entire area has been contested in court and we have been successfully fighting subdivision for 11 years. The place needs to be left alone and protected from development so that the forest can keep growing and the public can keep appreciating the silence and beauty of Wainuiototo. We will keep standing up for these values no matter what, but if we can buy the headland and set up a collaborative model of caring for it, everyone will benefit.
I cannot speak for any cultural values, but I am aware that the landscape and the headland were of cultural importance and significance to iwi and this must be respected as a bottom line. Almost all other white sand beaches on the eastern Coromandel Peninsula have been developed and Wainuiototo is so precious to so many people. It brings visitors to the local economy and it brings refreshment and recharge to all who spend time there. We urge all friends of the beach to immediately donate to the Givea- Little page we have set up and be part of the solution.
This opportunity is a positive breakthrough in our long campaign and we must not waste it. Already many people have given to either EDS or Preserve New Chum for Everyone from across the country, so we hope local communities on the northern Peninsula will join them.
To donate, visit givealittle.co.nz/cause/new-chum. 
Pictured is Wainuiototo/New Chum Beach.