CoastCare groups

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Location of CoastCare groups in Northland

There are CoastCare groups all around the coast of Northland. The location of these groups is shown on the map below. 

If you are interested in joining a CoastCare group, or starting your own, please contact: 

CoastCare Co-ordinator
Northland Regional Council
Phone: 0800 002 004


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Northland CoastCare Groups location map.

About our CoastCare groups

Ahipara Community CoastCare

Date started: 2009


Purpose of group: Protect and restore the dune environment of 90 Mile Beach (Te Oneroa-a-Tōhe) in the Ahipara area to make it a safe place for dotterels, other shorebirds and for everyone to enjoy.

About the group: Ahipara Community CoastCare work closely with local organisations and the Ahipara community. Educating the younger generation about the coastal environment and how they can protect it is central to the group's work.

Contact: Doug Klever 


Phone: 09 409 2120 


Ahipara Community CoastCare - Planting Day with Pukepoto School 2013.

Ahipara Komiti Takutaimoana

Date started: 2009


Purpose of group: Ensure the sustainable use and protection of the Kaimoana/seafood for both present and future generations.

About the group: The role of the Kōmiti includes: the protection and maintenance of wāhi tapu and other cultural/ heritage sites; the placing of rāhui to allow replenishment of harvested resources; directing development in ways which are in keeping with the environment; and implementing tikanga associated with traditional practices.

Contact: Rongo Bentson



Ahipara Komiti Takutaimoana- Te Kohanga - Shipwreck Bay.  

Baylys Beach Society Inc

Date started: 2007


Purpose of group: Reduce and repair vehicle damage to the dunes at Baylys Beach vehicles by fencing, planting and education and enhance the biodiversity of the Baylys Beach area.

About the group: Baylys Beach Society has planted spinifex and pingao on the dunes for several years, assisted in the last few years by students from Dargaville Intermediate School. Plants and fencing have been funded through the NRC Environment Fund, and the Kaipara District Council. The group has also put in a walkway between Chases and Baylys Gorge and is undertaking weed and pest control and planning backdune and streamside planting.



Baylys Beach Society - planting day.

Bream Bay Coastal Care Trust

Date started: 2006


Purpose of group: Help care for and enhance the 700 hectares of coastal land held by the Department of Conservation in Bream Bay.

About the group: Bream Bay Coastal Care Trust helps protect the foredunes south of Ruakaka estuary which have suffered damage from rabbits, people and storm erosion. They collect seed from locally sourced plants and plant spinifex and pingao on damaged sections of dunes. The Trust has planting projects at Ruakaka Dune Lake and Paradise Shores and it maintains the Living Legends planting project at Uretiti. Trust members also maintain lines of predator traps at both the Waipu and Ruakaka estuaries to protect breeding shorebirds.

Contact: Marilyn Cox 


Phone: 09 432 0209


Bream Bay Coastal Care Trust - Ruakaka backdune area south of estuary.  

Bream Head Restoration Committee

Date started: 2003


Purpose of group: Initiates, directs, and provides advice on restoration outcomes and involvement by the Bream Head Conservation Trust within the Bream Head Scenic Reserve.

About the group: The Bream Head Restoration Committee has led an active revegetation programme to establish a range of local indigenous species on slopes around the western end of the reserve fringe from Urquhart's Bay towards Busby Head.

The committee also works with local agencies to undertake dune restoration work including planting and weed control at Smugglers Bay and Ocean Beach.

Contacts: Wendy Holland and Geoff Pike 

Wendy Holland:
Geoff Pike:



Bream Head Restoration Committee - Working bee at Ocean Beach.

Brookers Beach CoastCare

Date started: 2011


Purpose of group: Restore native biodiversity and reduce erosion of a coastal reserve by planting natives.

About the group: Informal group of local residents. The first planting of pingao and spinifex took place in 2012 with students from Whananaki School. More pingao was planted in 2013 and some backdune plants including pohuehue and flax were planted in Autumn 2014.


Brookers - Mangati Bay.  

Friends of Rarawa 

Friends of Rarawa logo.  

Date started: 2011


Purpose of group: Restore and protect the beach and dune system at Rarawa and the species living within it. The group aims to minimise environmental impacts on Rarawa Beach through community advocacy, awareness, and participation.

About the group: Friends of Rarawa have undertaken foredune and backdune planting; fenced off areas of the backdune to protect from damage from pedestrians and vehicles; and undertake extensive pest animal and plant control. Friends of Rarawa are supported by DOC and NRC and work closely with local schools and other organisations to achieve the group objectives.

Contact Person: Betsy Young


Phone: 09 409 8568


Friends of Rarawa.  

Glinks Gully Protection Society

Date started: 2002


Purpose of group: Protect the special character and natural environment of Glinks Gully.

About the group: Glinks Gully Protection Society members have been involved with the restoration of a back dune area located at the southern end of the Glinks Gully settlement. A successful weed control and replanting programme was undertaken with funding from Northland Regional Council's Environment Fund. The group is continuing to work on pest plant and animal control in the Gully.


Glinks Gully Protection Society - Glinks Gully dunes.

Hokianga Harbour Foreshore Committee (previously Hokianga Harbour Foreshore Restoration Society Inc)

Date started: 2010


Purpose of group: The Committee was set up to retain a community body to respond to erosion and foreshore issues along the Opononi-Omapere shoreline when the Society was disbanded in 2010.

About the group: Hokianga residents established the incorporated society to help the Northland Regional Council and the Far North District Council manage coastal erosion along Opononi and Omapere beaches near the entrance of Hokianga Harbour.

Contact: Cheryl Turner (Secretary)


Phone: 09 405 7600


Hokianga Harbour Foreshore Committee.

Hukatere CoastCare 

Date started: 2012


Purpose of group: To protect the sand dunes at Hukatere from vehicle damage and help them recover.

About the group: Hukatere is on 90 Mile Beach (Te Oneroa-a-Tōhe) north of Waipapakauri. Erosion from vehicles on the dunes is causing sand to blow inland. Planting has taken place to help keep the sand on the dunes and allow them to build up again where they have been eroded down. 


Huketere CoastCare.

Karikari Peninsula Beach Care Group

Date started: 2007


Purpose of group: The aim of the group is to raise awareness of environmental protection and restoration of the beach and the impacts of inappropriate vehicle use on the beach and dunes.

About the group: The Karikari Peninsula Beach Care Group was formed in response to a growing number of coastal issues in the area including careless use of vehicles on the beach and dunes.


Karikari Peninsula Beach Care Group -Tokerau Beach Clean-up.  

Langs Beach CoastCare

Date started: 2016


Purpose of group: Restore the dunes at Langs Beach and protect the shorebirds which nest on the beach.

About the group: The group was formed by Langs Beach residents concerned about damage to the dunes by vehicles parking and driving through them and at disturbance to the threatened Northern New Zealand dotterel which nests on the beach. The first stage of the group's work is fencing the dunes at the northern end of the beach and assisting the dune restoration with planting. The group also puts temporary fencing around the dotterel nests in the breeding season.


Langs Beach.

Mangawhai Harbour Restoration Society

Date started: 1994


Purpose of group: The Society works to protect and restore the Mangawhai sand spit and the harbour it shelters.

About the group: Mangawhai Harbour Restoration Society was formed after a large storm breached the spit to form a second entrance to the south of Mangawhai Harbour. The Society has been successful in establishing a nursery which has grown thousands of native spinifex and pingao plants. These have been planted on the spit by volunteers from the community and members of the society. The planting, fencing and rabbit control are part of a longer term programme which hopes to see the spit completely revegetated.


Mangawhai Harbour Restoration Society - Mangawhai Spit 2009.

Mangawhai Heads CoastCare Group

Date started: 2015


Purpose: To protect and enhance the foreshore of Mangawhai's greatest assets its harbour and beach.

About the group: Mangawhai Heads CoastCare Group was established to restore the dunes at the ocean beach. The group brings together a dedicated group of retirees supported by our local school, nursery Rural Design, Northland Regional Council, Kaipara District Council and the Dune Restoration Trust of New Zealand. The Mangawhai Heads ocean beach project has been broken down into three stages, with the first two stages of weed control and planting done. The group hopes to complete the area in 2017, although weed control and other maintenance will be ongoing.

Contact: Gordon Hosking


Phone: 0274586500


Mangawhai Heads.

Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society

Date started: 2007


Purpose of group: The society's mission is to support protection of the natural, cultural and historic values of Ngunguru Sandspit so it is enjoyed, valued and cherished now and by future generations.

About the group: Having worked to save Ngunguru Sandspit from development the group is now working to restore and protect its biodiversity and cultural values.



Ngunguru Sandspit.

Rangiputa Ratepayers Association

Date started: Dune restoration started in 2009


Purpose of group: The Rangiputa Ratepayers Association is helping to restore the dunes at Rangiputa as an alternative to building a rock wall to control the erosion of the shoreline.

About the group: Prior to planting the bank was reshaped to recreate a natural dune shape and encourage plant growth. Fencing was erected around the planted area and a trailer parking area was put in behind the dune to reduce congestions on the beach, making it safer for other beach users and helping to protect the dune.


Rangiputa Ratepayers Association - Rangiputa dune restoration area 2013.

Ruakaka CoastCare

Date started: 2011


Purpose of group: Help protect and restored the dunes near Ruakaka Surf Club from erosion, and keep the sand from blowing inland.

About the group: Initiated by concerns about sand blowing inland at the vehicle access by the surf club, the group has worked with regional council, and Whangarei District Council to fence and plant the dunes near the surf club. This work has been very effective in building the dunes up and reducing the sand lost inland.


Ruakaka CoastCare - Ruakaka Beach.  

Russell Landcare Trust – Long Beach dune restoration 

Date started: Dune restoration started in 2010


Purpose of group: Russell Land Care Group has been working with local residents at Long Beach in the Bay of Islands to restore the foredunes along the beach front.

About the group: Spinifex, pingao, wiwi and other native plants have planted around existing patches of spinifex and temporary fencing put in to protect the plants from people walking on and off the beach. Sand-ladders have also been put in to improve access down to the beach and reduce erosion.

Contact: David McKenzie

Phone: 09 403 7756


Russell Land Care Group.

Sandy Bay CoastCare 

Date started: 2008


Purpose of group: Restore foredunes by planting pingao and spinifex and protecting from foot and vehicle traffic.

About the group: This is an informal group of local residents working together with Whangarei District Council and Northland Regional Council to protect and restore the dunes at Sandy Bay.


Sandy Bay CoastCare - planting day 2013.   

Taipa Beach Improvement Society

Date started: 2007


Purpose of group: Making Taipa beach a safe and inviting place to visit and enjoy for people of all ages.

About the group: Starting with the reserve area, the group has now also successfully restored the foredune along most of the beach frontage and is continuing to work to maintain this. The Society encourages all local residents and students to 'protect, respect and monitor' the beach.

Contact: Graham Lutze (Taipa Dune Restoration Project Manager), Margaret Foster (Secretary)


Phone: 09 406 1132


Taipa Beach Improvement Society 2013.

Tapeka Ratepayers Group

Date started: Dune restoration was started in 2008


Purpose of group: Tapeka Ratepayers Group has been involved in dune restoration work at the beach to counter erosion of the reserve.

About the group: In 2008 heavy rain caused the stream at Tapeka to erode the reserve. Concerned locals were keen for something to be done to stop the erosion of the reserve and permission was gained to dig the stream mouth out so that it flowed directly out to sea. The steep bank along the reserve was then shaped to form a gentle slope which was planted out with spinifex. Sand-ladders were put in to provide access down to the beach and the planted area was fenced off and signposted. The spinifex has thrived at Tapeka and has trapped a lot of sand on the newly formed dune.


Tapeka Ratepayers Group - Tapeka Beach 2013.   

Tauranga Bay Community Association

Date started: Dune restoration was started in 2007


Purpose of group: A sub-committee of the Tauranga Bay Community Association was formed to work on CoastCare activities and protection of nesting dotterels from roaming dogs and inappropriate vehicle use on the beach.

About the group: in 2007 funding was received from Far North District Council to place bollards to keep vehicles away from the beach frontage. Reshaping and planting of spinifex and pingao was then undertaken to help restore the dunes. The group has erected fencing and signage to protect the New Zealand dotterel nesting sites on the sand spit and have worked with FNDC to have a no dog zone put in place. They also undertake pest control to further protect the wildlife.

Contact: Mary and Monte Woodworth



Tauranga Bay Community Association - Tauranga Bay 2013.

Te Ngaere Bay CoastCare

Date started: 2009


Purpose of group: To protect the shorebirds and plants of Te Ngaere Bay and enhance the natural beauty of the bay.

About the group: Further planting of spinifex and pingao along the foreshore at Te Ngaere Bay is planned to help recovery from erosion and increase the native biodiversity of the bay.

Contact: Amanda Bransgrove



Te Ngaere Bay.

Te Pahii Wildlife Sanctuary

Date started: 2002


Purpose of group: Restoration of a formerly grazed coastal site, including sand dune and backdune areas.

About the group: Te Pahii is just south of Elliot Bay on Rawhiti Road. The owners fenced off the land over thirty years ago and since this time have planted over a thousand native trees, weeded, protected historic sites and trapped many hundred pests. In the last few years pingao has been planted into the spinifex dunes to re-establish the natural pingao population which had been devastated by rabbit browsing.

Contact: Peter Sharpe



Te Pahii Bird Sanctuary.  

Te Roopu Whakaoranga O Te Taha Moana Trust

Te Roopu Whakaoranga O Te Taha Moana logo.

Date started: 2000


Purpose of group: Preserve, re-establish and restore endangered taonga in the coastal environment. The Trust focuses on replenishing populations of Toheroa and Pingao alongside each other in acknowledgement of the relationship between the two.

About the group: Te Roopu Whakaoranga O Te Taha Moana grow pingao from seed and share their knowledge of the ecological and cultural importance of this plant. The group has produced a number of publications, including How to make a Pingao Putiputi and Nana's Koha.

Contact: Betsy Young


Phone: 09 409 8568


Te Roopu Whakaoranga O Te Taha Moana Trust.

Teal Bay Ratepayers Association

Date started: Dune restoration started in 2011


Purpose of group: Control erosion of reserve through dune restoration.

About the group: Dune restoration began in 2011 as local residents were very concerned when two metres of the reserve frontage was lost to erosion. Rather than build a rock wall, it was agreed to try to rebuild a dune. Sand was moved from the stream mouth onto the beach to form a dune and spinifex and pohuehue were planted.


Teal Bay Ratepayers Association - Teal Bay.  

Tern Point Recreation and Conservation Society

Date started: 1999


Purpose of group: Maintain the 136 hectare area of Tern Point.

About the group: Tern Point is a gated community adjoining a block of Department of Conservation land, situated on the Mangawhai Peninsula. The group has carried out planting every year for over ten years. They initially planted mainly pingao but now plant predominately spinifex as it is more effective at holding the sand on the dunes. They have also undertaken planting of natives along the estuary foreshore. 


Tern Point Conservation and Recreation Society.  

Tokerau-Whatuwhiwhi Residents and Ratepayers Association

Date started: Dune restoration started in 2012


Purpose of group: Restore and protect the dunes along Tokerau Beach.

About the group: The Residents Association has started it's restoration efforts with the frontage of Waiotaraire Reserve, just south of the Melissa Road ramp and plans to continue this work along the beach.

Contact: Glenys Urlich


Phone: 09 408 7150


Tokerau Beach-Whatuwhiwi Residents and Ratepayers Association.  

Waipapakauri Coastal Care Group

Date started: 2004


Purpose of group: Restore the damaged dune system near the Waipapakauri access point to Ninety Mile Beach (Te Oneroa-a-Tōhe) through management of sand dune inundation and degradation being caused by pedestrians, vehicles and wild horses.

About the group: Dunes have been fenced off and a single pathway for pedestrian access from the car park to the beach has been created using locally donated materials and the group's own labour. Thousands of the native sand-binders spinifex and pingao have been planted on the dunes by group members, local residents and local schools.

Contact: Mary Jane Ardley



Waipapakauri Coastal Care Group.  

Waipu Cove Reserve Board

Date started: Dune restoration started in 2006


Purpose of group: The Board manages Waipu Cove reserve and camping ground and is committed to ensuring a high quality visitor experience.

About the group: The beach-front at Waipu Cove is gradually being restored from steep exotic grass bank to native fore dune. This has been undertaken in stages with each section reshaped and densely planted with spinifex, pingao and some back dune species. Fences and accessways have been put in place to reduce impact on the recovering dune from foot traffic.

Contact:  Anton Trist

Phone: 09 432 0410




Waipu Cove Reserve Board - Waipu Cove.  

Get more information:

For more information on any of these groups or to start your own group, contact:


Laura Shaft
CoastCare Co-ordinator
Northland Regional Council

Telephone: 0800 002 004