Coast Care is a coastal restoration programme, run in close partnership with local communities, care groups and schools, that aims to restore and protect the sand dunes along our Bay of Plenty beaches.
Who is involved?
There are 25 groups throughout the Bay of Plenty who all help to make sure sand dunes are not lost to erosion, weather or careless management. Volunteers who care about our coastal environment like residents, beach users and schools, give their time and expertise to looking after our dunes. Council provides most of the funding for Coast Care groups, as well as other resources and educational tools.
All four coastal district and city councils (Western Bay of Plenty, Tauranga, Ōpōtiki and Whakatāne) and the Department of Conservation are also involved in the programme. Coast Care volunteers help with beach clean-ups, planting native dune plants, managing the spread of weeds and pests, fencing and much more. Coast Care offers advice on reducing erosion through planting and also provides resources such as native plants and fertiliser. Part of Coast Care’s role is also to educate people on why caring for our dunes is such an important part of protecting our beaches and that we all have a responsibility to our environment.
Volunteers are invited to come and help at our Coast Care Bay of Plenty community planting days (see upcoming events below).
Digging in the sand is quite easy and dune restoration can be enjoyable and rewarding. You'll be doing your bit for our native plants and animals and working with like-minded locals who care about the environment. All you need to bring is covered sturdy footwear, suitable clothing, gardening gloves and favourite spade.
Would you like to receive updates of Coast Care initiatives in your local area and learn more about how to protect and restore the coastal environment in the Bay of Plenty? Fill in our form online to join the mailing list and receive details of events in your area and learn more about how you can help with the protection and restoration of the coastal environment.