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"Erosion and climate change" wordfind [PDF, 46 KB] "At the beach" crossword [PDF, 267 KB] "Under the sea" colouring in [PDF, 50 KB] 

 

Magazines

Take a look at some of the past editions of Beachcare magazine:

Beachcare restoration sitesDune restoration | Coastal processes and weather hazardsAnimal biodiversityNative plantsPest plants | More beachcare resources - magazines | Beachcare magazine editions

Beachcare restoration sites

Beach profiles, Beachcare 2014 [PDF, 236 KB] Cooks Beach, Beachcare 2012 [PDF, 156 KB] Aotea walkway, Beachcare 2012 [PDF, 109 KB]
In this issue, we look at some of the pristine beaches throughout the Waikato region. Beachfront residents at Cooks Beach on the Coromandel have embraced the dune restoration concept and successfully transformed their dunes with a range of native plant species.  Reducing pedestrian and vehicle damage to dune vegetation is a critical element in all dune restoration projects. 
Keywords: Dune ecosystems, dune restoration.
Keywords: Cooks beach, photo essay, dune restoration.  Keywords: Native vegetation, dune restoration.
Ocean Beach (Raglan), Beachcare 2011 [PDF, 301 KB] Port Waikato, Beachcare 2011 [PDF, 811 KB] Whangapoua, Beachcare 2009 [PDF, 55 KB]
To address the sand problem and risk of coastal flooding to local residents,
Whaingaroa Beachcare was formed in 2004 and dune planting commenced.
Port Waikato ‘managed retreat’ was a success - in July and August 2008 bad weather led to serious dune erosion. Read more. In July and August 2008, the southern end of Whangapoua Beach experienced some of the worst erosion seen at the site in over 50 years. The Beachcare group and community opted for an innovative solution.

Keywords: Raglan, dune restoration, coastal flooding.

Keywords: Port Waikato, dune erosion, dune restoration.  Keywords: Whangapoua, dune erosion, dune restoration. 
Port Waikato Beachcare cover  

Tairua, Beachcare 2009 [PDF, 74 KB]

Port Waikato, Beachcare 2009 [PDF, 141 KB]  
The southern end of Tairua ocean beach has seen big changes over the last few years.  The work of the Beachcare group over the years to re-establish and maintain the foredune at Port Waikato, has been a critical factor in ensuring that the damage did not become worse.  

Keywords: Tairua, dune erosion, dune restoration.

Keywords: Port Waikato, dune erosion, dune restoration.   

 

Dune restoration

Monitoring guidelines, Beachcare 2014 [PDF, 255 KB] Ecological restoration, Beachcare 2014 [PDF, 300 KB] Beach scraping, Beachcare 2011 [PDF, 668 KB]

Effective dune restoration requires a staged process of assessment and monitoring. The systematic and ongoing recording of change over time at the restoration site is critical in determining whether restoration initiatives are meeting objectives stated in the restoration plan. For example, measuring the performance of planted seedlings, recording the number of possums caught in traps.

Community-based dune restoration programmes, such as Beachcare, are based on the scientific principles of ecological restoration. In this feature, we look at what is meant by the term ‘ecological restoration’, explore some of the concepts and ideas related to this field, and discuss the implications for Beachcare and dune restoration.

Beach scraping quickly repairs erosion scarps that threaten property, with the intention of deterring property owners from taking the typical reactive approach of wanting to construct rock seawalls. Seawalls degrade natural character and visual amenity, limit public access along the beach and result in exacerbated coastal erosion including beach lowering, loss of high tide beach and end effect erosion.

Keywords: Dune restoration, seedlings, vegetation, timelapse photography.

Keywords: Dune restoration, ecological restoration. 

 Keywords: Beach scraping, dune restoration, planting.

   

Dune care code, 2008 [PNG, 357 KB]

   
Learn the 4 key parts of the dune care code and why it's so important to stay off the dunes!    
Keywords: Access ways, planting, vehicles, fencing.    

 

Coastal processes and weather hazards 

Loss of coastal vegetation, Beachcare 2013 [PDF, 338 KB] Pauanui dune reshape, Beachcare 2013 [PDF, 174 KB] Lessons from Hurricane Sandy, Beachcare 2013 [PDF, 227 KB]

The region’s dunes have been greatly affected by human activities since the early European settlement of coastal areas. The loss of dune plants has led to widespread wind erosion, especially of the most seaward dunes.

The dune restoration at Pauanui was aimed at restoring a sufficient width of native sandtrapping vegetation to ensure natural dune repair will occur following erosion. 

What happens when you wrap a hurricane inside a winter storm, and have it come ashore during extremely high tides? Unexpected and significant coastal impacts, including major beach erosion, flooding and structural damageparticularly where dune defences were not adequate to absorb the surge and waves from this record-setting storm.

Keywords: Dune erosion, coastal forests.

Keywords: Dune restoration, dune vegetation.

 Keywords: Storm processes, dune erosion. 
Beachcare 2011
West coast storm event, Beachcare 2012 [PDF, 120 KB] El Niño Southern Oscillation, Beachcare 2011 [PDF, 559 KB]
Relentless large swells and strong onshore winds continued for almost five days, causing some of the worst erosion seen along west coast Beachcare sites in some time.  The terms El Niño and La Niña are now common place in the news and media, but just what do these terms mean? In this edition of Beachcare education, we will look into the El Nino Southern Oscillation weather system, and what effect it can have on our beaches.

Keywords: Storm processes, dune erosion. 

  Keywords: Storm processes, dune erosion, offshore bars.  

Wind effects beachcare 2011

Storm erosion beachcare 2009

 Wind effects, Beachcare 2011 [PDF, 560 KB] 

 Beach scraping, Beachcare 2011 [PDF, 668 KB]  Storm erosion and recovery, Beachcare 2009 [PDF, 134 KB]

The strength, direction, and duration of the wind are all key factors in determining how much coastal erosion a particular beach is likely to experience. These factors are all influenced by weather patterns driven by the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO). 

Beach scraping quickly repairs erosion scarps that threaten property, with the intention of deterring property owners from taking the typical reactive approach of wanting to construct rock seawalls. Dunes are an integral part of the total beach system, which includes areas extending several hundred metres off shore to water depths of several metres. Over time, individual sand grains can spend time in all parts of this system.

Keywords: El nino, storm processes, dune erosion. 

 Keywords: Beach scraping, dune restoration, planting.  Keywords: Erosion cycle, storm processes, dune restoration.

 

Animal biodiversity

 

Dune Invertebrates, Beachcare 2015 [PDF, 377 KB] Dotterel, Beachcare 2013 [PDF, 165 KB] Encouraging pollinators, Beachcare 2013 [PDF, 235 KB]
The name 'invertebrate' covers every animal without a backbone. You might know them better by the term ‘bugs’, but to scientists that refers to a particular group of insects. The eight-yearly New Zealand Dotterel Census took place in late October 2011, and revealed a significant number of dotterel present on the sand spit at Port Waikato.  New Zealand’s native lizards play an important role in pollinating coastal plant species and spreading their seeds.

Keywords: Butterflies, Weta, Beetles, Spiders, Invasive species.

Keywords: Dotterels, Port Waikato, Conservation.

Keywords: Geckos, Pōhutukawa, Harakeke, Flax.

Native dune critters, Beachcare 2008 [PDF, 73 KB] Biodiversity, Beachcare 2006 [PDF, 121 KB] New Zealand Dotterel, Beachcare 2006 [PDF, 119 KB]
Harsh and ever changing conditions make life on the beach a challenge for the few hardy creatures that live there. The majority of species that live between the high-tide mark and the dunes are arthropod insects such as sand-hoppers, beetles, spiders, kelp flies, midges, butterflies, bees and wasps. Biodiversity - it’s not just plants and birds! The Waikato’s sand dunes are home to a variety of native animals, including skinks, geckos, spiders, butterflies, moths and other insects.  Opoutere wildlife refuge reserve, 17km north of Whangamata, is one of the few remaining nesting sites for the endangered New Zealand dotterel. Only 1500 remain in the wild, with 19 pairs at Opoutere.
Keywords: Sand scarab, tiger beetle, sandhopper, native seashore earwig, katipo, copper butterfly, invertebrates.  Keywords: Skinks, sand scarab beetle, katipo, invertebrates.  Keywords: Dotterels, Opoutere, Whangamata, DOC

 

Native plants

Restoring Marokopa

As a result of the hard-work and determination of Marokopa Coastcare and support from the Waikato Regional Council and the Department of Conservation, the dunes of the Marokopa sand-spit have now been restored, allowing the sand-spit to recover naturally following erosion.

Important urupa sites on the sand-spit have also been protected, the cultural resources provide by the endemic dune plant pingao have been returned, and habitat for native wild-life restored.

This is one of the largest scale community based dune restoration projects achieved in New Zealand, and as a result was featured on Prime TV’s documentary series – “Keeping it Pure”.

 

Take a look at some of our past editions of Beachcare:

driftwood pohutakawa grow your own pohutakawa
Driftwood, Beachcare 2015 [PDF, 213 KB] Pōhutukawa, Beachcare 2013 [PDF, 361 KB] Grow your own Pōhutukawa, Beachcare 2013 [PDF, 178 KB]
In 1997 Geoff Walls produced a DOC report on the ecological values and conservation management of driftwood, which is easy and interesting reading. Pōhutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa) is one of New Zealand’s native trees. It is found mainly along the coastal fringe throughout the northern half of New Zealand.  This edition looks at growing your own pōhutukawa. We take a look at how to do it, and what to avoid. 

Keywords: Ecosystem, shelter, stabilization. 

Keywords: Pōhutukawa, forest, conservation, regeneration.

Keywords: Pōhutukawa, conservation, seeds, planting.

pingao pingao weaving cultural significance of coastal plants
Pingao, Beachcare 2012 [PDF, 135 KB] Sustainable harvesting of pingao for weaving, Beachcare 2012 [PDF, 291 KB] Cultural significance of coastal plants, Beachcare 2012 [PDF, 107 KB]
Pingao, Ficinia spiralis, is an endemic sand-binding plant found growing on frontal dunes throughout New Zealand. This edition looks at the traditional pingao harvest and how it signalled a thank you to Tane-mahuta for his abundance. Take a look at the cultural significance of dune and coastal plants, and their many uses.

Keywords: Pingao.

Keywords: Pingao, harvesting, weaving, traditional.

Keywords: Pingao, Kawakawa, Karaka, Maori significance.

kawakawa karaka native plant profile
;Kawakawa, Beachcare 2012 [PDF, 156 KB] Karaka, Beachcare 2012 [PDF, 230 KB] Native plant profile, Beachcare 2011 [PDF, 619 KB]
Kawakawa, Macropiper excelsum, is a shrub or small tree. The name kawakawa in Māori refers to the bitter taste of the leaves, from kawa bitter. Karaka is a small, evergreen tree. We take a closer look at this unique tree. After establishing plants on dunes, the next step is to start restoring the coast’s indigenous biodiversity in the back dune areas.
 Keywords: Kawakawa.  Keywords: Karaka.  Keywords: Kokihi, Tutae koau, Pohuehue, Karo, Ngaio, Houpara, Taupata. 
planting season planning pohuehue and dotterels plant id
Planting season planning, Beachcare 2009 [PDF, 180 KB] Pohuehue, Beachcare 2006 [PDF, 119 KB] Identification guide, Beachcare 2006 [PDF, 219 KB]
We take a look at planting for restoring the coast’s indigenous
biodiversity in the back dune areas.
Pohuehue is one of the most important native plants on the eastern Coromandel’s backdune areasas it helps with dune stabilization and natural sand trapping. Identification guide pictures for beach combers.

Keywords: Planting, Dunes.

 Keywords: Pohuehue, backdunes.  Keywords: Pimelea, Spinifex, Sand convolvulus, Pingao, Horokaka.

 

Pest plants

 

     
  Pest plant profiles, Beachcare 2013 [PDF, 243 KB]   Marram grass, Beachcare 2012 [PDF, 563 KB]   Sea spurge, Beachcare 2012 [PDF, 1.4 MB]

 

This pest plant profile includes information about an invasive European sea spurge (Euphorbia paralias) and Boneseed (Chrysanthemoides monilifera).

 

Marram grass (Ammophila arenaria) was introduced to New Zealand from western Europe more than 100 years ago to stabilise the massive drifting sands of the early 20th Century, and was the only plant species that could hold the sand in place long enough for productive forests to be established. 

 

The beach weed sea spurge, Euphorbia paralias, has been found at a beach near Aotea Harbour in the Waikato. This invasive weed has been classified as an Unwanted Organism. It could have serious impacts on our coastal environments.

 

Keywords: Sea spurge, Boneseed, invasive weeds.

 

Keywords: Marram grass, sand dunes. 

 

 Keywords: Sea spurge, invasive weeds, sand dunes. 
 

 

 

 

   
       
  Battling weeds, Beachcare 2007 [PDF, 244 KB]   Plant me instead! Beachcare 2007 [PDF, 42 KB]    
  Are there any plants in your garden that might be having a harmful impact on the dune or neighbouring forest environment? Common garden plants that have become weeds at Waikato beaches include succulents, flowering daisies and palms.   Next time you are pottering around the garden, have a look to see what plants are taking off. Unfortunately many of the plants thriving around the coast are weed species. Are there any in your garden? Take a look at this planting guide to find out about recommended plants to replace weeds at the coast.    
  Keywords: Weeds, Bushy asparagus.    Keywords: Weeds, Restoration, Planting, Flax, Pohutukawa, Pohuehue, Cabbage tree.    

 

More Beachcare magazine resources

Social media beachcare article

Beachcare on Facebook, Beachcare 2015 [PDF, 273 KB]

Monitoring guidelines, Beachcare 2014 [PDF, 255 KB] 

When promoting your group’s activities it’s sometimes hard to be heard in the chaos of our busy modern world. Facebook is an easy way to grow your volunteer numbers and keep your community up to date. Here’s why…

Effective dune restoration requires a staged process of assessment and monitoring. The systematic and ongoing recording of change over time at the restoration site is critical in determining whether restoration initiatives are meeting objectives stated in the restoration plan. For example, measuring the performance of planted seedlings, recording the number of possums caught in traps. 

Keywords: Social media, Facebook, volunteers, tips and tricks.

Keywords: Dune restoration, seedlings, vegetation, timelapse photography. 

 

Beachcare magazine editions

Beachcare Magazine, Edition 6, 2015-2016 beachcare cover 2014 Pages from beachcare magazine 2013 web.pdf
Edition 6 (2015-16) Edition 5 (2014) Edition 4 (2012-13)
       
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Edition 3 [PDF, 6.2 MB] (Spring 2012) Edition 2 [PDF, ] (Autumn 2011)  Edition 1 [PDF, ] (Autumn 2009)  

  

Beachcare newsletters

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Issue 9 [PDF, ] (Winter 2008) Issue 8 [PDF, ] (Summer 2007 Issue 7 (Autumn 2007) Issue 6 (Autumn 2006)
       
 
Issue 5 [PDF, 872 KB] (Summer 2005) Issue 4 [PDF, 415 KB] (Autumn 2005) Issue 3 [PDF, 466 KB] (Summer 2004)