Caring for our beaches and coastline
Coast Care, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, is a community
partnership programme, which uses local knowledge and
enthusiasm to restore the form and function of the dunes in
the Bay of Plenty. Ph: 0800 884 880 or 0800 368 267 or http://www.boprc.govt.nz/Council/
The dunes are the backbone of our beaches, the buffer between
the land and the sea. A properly functioning beach system
will contain a wide, well vegetated and gently sloping dune,
which is a reservoir of sand. During a storm the dune is a
sacrificial zone, buffering the effects of large waves.
No plants - no dunes
- It is vital to keep both foot and vehicular traffic off
the sand dunes.
- There are numerous marked access ways, most with sand
ladders, along Pukehina Parade, to provide safe routes to
both the beach and the estuary.
- Please use these to protect the sand dunes from damage.
- Coast Care know that native dune plants play a vital
role, binding light blowing sand onto the beach, and making
stable sand dunes. Without these plants, the sand blows
away and dunes disappear leaving the land vulnerable. Grazing
by stock, excavation for development, introduction of exotic
plant species and trampling by pedestrian have significantly
reduced the abundance of these specialised native dune plants.
Many dunes are fenced for protection.
- The Coast Care Coordinator and Coast Care contractors
offer advice on reducing and repairing dune damage, help
facilitate activities, and supply the volunteers with free
- The resources include native dune plants, informative
brochures, fertilisers and building materials for constructing
fences and sand ladders and great morning and afternoon
teas on project days!
- The Western Bay of Plenty District Council is responsible
for the maintenance of the existing sand ladders.
No dunes - no beach
No beach - no fun!