Where can you find this group?
The Friends of Petone Beach have been restoring Petone dunes since 2006.
We plant fore-dune sand binding species Spinifex and pingao, as well as some native back dune plants like Phormium cookianum, Coprosma solandri and knobby club rush. Other work includes ongoing maintenance, weeding and releasing.
What has the group done?
The Friends of Petone Beach group have been working in front of the sea wall and have recently begun working at sites west of the wharf and at the east end of the beach. They hold several planting days throughout planting season (Autumn/Winter) and regular working bees to maintain the restoration site.
Scientific trials were set up at Petone Dunes in 2007 to study native dune plants in the back dunes and fore dunes at Petone by Dave and Michael Bergin from Environmental Restoration Ltd. Friends of Petone Beach help assess and monitor these scientific vegetation plots.
Current aims and activities
Restore dunes as a natural feature of the Petone Beach for:
- Mitigation against potential rising sea level
- Minimising storm surge damage
- Mitigation against the next tsunami
- Restoration of native biodiversity
- Reduction in wind-blown sand to streets and properties adjacent to the beach
For more information, please check the website on NATURE SPACE.
The Friends of Petone Beach hold working bees every first and third Thursday of the month. Work includes planting, weeding and releasing. We meet at 9am, usually near the Petone wharf; look for the flag.
If you'd like to be involved with this group please contact:
T: 04 938 4583