More than 1000 Pakiri seabed sand mining protestors are expected next month, Stuff reports, ahead of resource consent application hearings for Auckland-based company McCallum Bros to harvest the resource from nearby waters. The July 10 event on Mangawhai Heads Beach is expected to be one of Northland’s biggest protests. Mangawhai locals say sand mining is harming an ecologically sensitive spit which shelters their harbour and was home to the critically endangered fairy tern.

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