Story: Dune lands

Windbreak (2nd of 3)


Workers build a fence from pine tree trimmings at Waitārere on the Manawatū coast, in September 1959. This was one of the first steps in stabilising dunes. The aim was to build a dune immediately behind the beach (known as a foredune). Fences had two main functions – some became dunes themselves as drifting sand piled up, while others served more as windbreaks. They sheltered plantings of marram grass and helped stop the sand from drifting inland.

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Reference: AAQA 6395 M3593
Photograph by John Johns

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Carl Walrond, 'Dune lands - The ‘problem’ of drifting sands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 October 2021)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007