These papa (mudstone) cliffs at Ōhiwa Spit, Ōpōtiki, were photographed in April 1976. Attempts to protect them by dumping old car bodies at the foot have proved futile, and a house is teetering towards the surf. Since then, sand has been deposited on the beach, building it out 200 metres to cover the railway irons visible at top right. Erosion and accretion are cyclical: the coastline is always moving.
Using this item
Photograph by Keith Smith
This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.