Story: Dune lands

Waikanae, 1909

Waikanae, 1909

This image appeared in botanist Leonard Cockayne’s 1909 report on sand dunes for the New Zealand government. It shows what is called a blow-out. Wind funnelling through this gully has caused excessive sand movement, killing the marram grass that had been planted to stabilise the dunes. In situations such as this, Cockayne suggested building brushwood fences to shelter the grass and trap drifting sand.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Lands and Survey Department Collection
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How to cite this page:

Carl Walrond, 'Dune lands - The ‘problem’ of drifting sands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 October 2021)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007