Story: Coastal erosion

Re-established dunes (2nd of 2)

Re-established dunes

Native sand-binding plant species such as pīngao were planted on Papamoa Beach in the late 1990s and early 2000s. This helped to establish dunes which, once formed and covered in vegetation, trapped more wind-blown sand. Dunes are important as a buffer zone between the sea and roads or buildings. This photograph was taken the day after Cyclone Ivy hit in March 2004, when 10-metre waves pounded the beach, with little damage.

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Willem de Lange, 'Coastal erosion - People, houses, and managing erosion', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6648/re-established-dunes (accessed 11 July 2020)

Story by Willem de Lange, published 12 Jun 2006