Coastal erosion has been occuring on the Eastern Coromandel beaches for some time. Our coastal margins form a very dynamic environment, where sand moves and dunes grow and recede with time. While it is quite a natural thing to have happen, we often see major damage when there is a storm. With rising sea levels meaning even more erosion in future, growing sand dune plants for restoration projects has become a big part of MBET’s operations.
Native dune plants capture, and help hold the sand in place, so that the dunes are able to restore themselves over time once the plants are established.
We support sand dune restoration on a number of east coast beaches working along side TCDC and Coastcare, helping them run their planting days and providing them with plants grown sourced locally.
We also run a local Beachcare group here in Whitianga. This ia a group of local volunteers who meet every week to undertake weeding, planting and general dune maintenance along Buffalo Beach.