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Coast Care News
Jun 1, 2004
Author: Tasman District Council Newsline #103

We have had two successful years of building coastal dunes at various locations in the District. Pingao has now been planted at Tata, Motupipi, Rototai, Bird Island, Rangihaeata and Parapara beaches.

We have lost some to storm events, but most plants are growing and building dunes.

We are welcoming new groups at Collingwood and Pohara this year and Pingao has been discovered growing naturally at Ligar Bay, where a new land care group has formed.

There is also funding available this year from a Biodiversity Fund for Coast Care on privately owned land. This is a real change into top gear for Coast Care.

This year join in with your local Coast Care group and be part of the magic of Coast Care.

If you own coastal land and would like advice and support from Coast Care, then please feel free to contact us.

Working Bee dates for your diary:

Please come along to the workshops and lend your skills. Workshops run for about two hours.

Bring gloves, spade or a grubber.

Parapara Saturday and Sunday 3 - 4 July 2004 1.00pm Planting - Meet at Miles Reserve

Tata Beach Saturday 10 July 2004 10.00am Planting - Meet at the boat ramp

Collingwood Saturday 24 July 2004 10.00am Planting - Meet at foreshore car park

Rangihaeata Saturday 7 August 2004 10.00am Planting - Meet at end of Fraser Rd

Motupipi Spit Saturday 28 August 2004 10.30am Planting Meet at Takaka Golf Club

Morning tea provided at workshops



Motupipi Spit

While Hans Stoffregen encourages young coast carers to join in the planting of Pingao at the Motupipi Spit, the project is a community effort with the support of the Department of Conservation and Tasman District Council.

The project offers recreation and participation in monitoring and observing the wild life, Coast Care, cultural harvesting and weaving of Pingao.

Activities coming to the Spit are a DOC womenís hui visit and Coast Care Planting.

There is also enthusiasm to restore the mid and rear dune with native species and the identification of a nature trail for the community to enjoy this beautiful environment.

Next time you are at Motupipi, take a look at the magic of Coast Care and come along and join in the fun at one of the working bees.

Tata Beach Magic

Tata has had 1200 Pingao plants planted by volunteers over recent months.

Sustainability

Spinifex and more Pingao will be planted by an enthusiastic community at Tata Beach this winter to improve the sustainability

of the foredune.

Parapara builds dunes

The enthusiasm and hard work of the Coast Care Group at Parapara has had some success in recreating sand dunes.

Leading members David and Jill Braithwaite attended a Coast Care Conference in Wellington, bringing back enthusiasm and ideas for Coast Care at Parapara.

For all Coast Care information please contact:

ROB LEWIS 03 525 6163

Golden Bay or

BERYL WILKES

Councilís Richmond office 03 543 8391