Kauri Coast Dotterel Watch member, Georgie Read, examines dog tracks discovered winding among the shorebird footprints at Hokianga’s remote Waimamaku Beach during activities to mark Seaweek 2019.
This year’s Seaweek theme is ‘Tiakina o Tātou Mōana – Care for our Seas’ and while officially the event ran from Saturday 2 to Sunday 10 March, Georgie (from Waimamaku) is just one of thousands of Northlanders working year-round in all sorts of ways to care for the region’s precious coast and sea.
The Northland Regional Council is proud to play its part too, and can often be found working alongside community members, including just south of the Hokianga, where Waimamaku Beach Company has fenced off wetlands (ranked in Northland’s Top 150) and undertaken dune planting, with funding from the council’s Environment Fund.
Endangered Northern New Zealand dotterels also nest on the beach and, in the last year, dune and dotterel protection work has been started there by local residents with support from the council and DOC. (This breeding season the group has fenced off the nesting areas and put up signs.)
The regional council set up CoastCare Northland in 2005 to support community-based groups like these to protect and restore Northland’s dune systems.
CoastCare group activities include planting, providing beach access, fencing, signage, pest and weed control and monitoring.
There are currently over 30 active groups around the region and during last year’s planting season, more than 14,500 dune plants were planted at 16 sites around the region.
Kauri Coast Dotterel Watch member, Georgie Read, examines dog tracks discovered winding among the shorebird footprints at Hokianga’s remote Waimamaku Beach.