The Friends was established for the primary purpose of:
Protecting and improving the Mangawhai-Pakiri coastal marine area and its environs
To protect and encourage the growth of appropriate native trees and grasses, within the Mangawhai-Pakiri coastal marine area.
Facilities for the Public
Promote Water Quality
Water Safety and Restoration
Publish Newsletters and Journals
To publish newsletters, journals and general communicative material
Sign the petition to cease sandmining off Pakiri Beach.
It causes so much devastation and it’s not necessary given that there are other sustainable sources of sand. Pakiri Beach is a much cherished and priceless asset of all New Zealanders, which is at risk of environmental damage, and to its flora and fauna (including NZ’s rarest bird) if further dredging continues.
We have a duty to protect our dunes because they really are quite special and once they’re gone, they’re gone forever.
My parents lived in Pakiri and my family has had a place here for 35 years, and we know the mining is damaging to the beach. There are thousands of non-erosionary sand sources, either on shore or out in the Kaipara, so it’s not needed here.”
Pakiri is a finite sand system. It's got all the sand that it's pretty much ever going to get, and anything you draw is going to be replaced ultimately, in the long term, by erosion of the dunes."
For east coast beaches, [sand erosion] figures generally vary between the potential for 20 metres to 50 metres erosion with one metre sea level rise and we're expecting one or two metres as a minimum. So the last thing you want to be doing is sucking sand out of it."
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