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Coast Care

Coast Care is all about empowering local communities to be involved in caring for their beaches and dunes, and to have information about why the dunes and their native plants are important.

Coastcare is a community partnership programme between Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Opōtiki District Council, Whakatāne District Council and the Department of Conservation. The organisations support and coordinate a coastal restoration programme, in partnership with local communities, care groups and schools.

Find out more about Coast Care

Get involved

Coast Care relies on volunteers to help with beach clean-ups, planting native dune plants, managing the spread of weeds and pests, fencing and much more. More information about how to get involved.

Why do we need to look after our dunes?

The dunes are the backbone of our beaches, the buffer between the land and the sea. Native dune plants play a vital role in maintaining the dunes, binding light blowing sand onto the beach, and making stable sand dunes. Without these plants, the sand blows away and dunes disappear – leaving the land vulnerable to weather and wave surges.

The popularity of our beaches, changing climate, pests and development pressure are all affecting the health of our coast, particularly dunes. This makes the work Coast Care does even more important in making sure our beaches remain for many more years to come.

Dunes also play an important part of New Zealand’s coastal biodiversity and we have a responsibility to make sure they are protected.

Get in touch

Coast Care looks after our coastal dunes all across the Bay of Plenty – from Waihi Beach to Whangaparaoa. The Coast Care team can be contacted on coastcare@boprc.govt.nz or 0800 884 880.

Alternatively, you can contact Tauranga City Council’s Natural Environment Specialist, who works with Coast Care on projects that stretch along Mount Maunganui Main Beach to Papamoa Beach on 07 577 7000.

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