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.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: AAQA 6395 M3593
Photograph by John Johns
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