Te Henga/Bethells Beachcare Group 

Aim of group

  • To restore native dune ecosystems at Te Henga/Bethells
  • To slow down sand movement and facilitate development of a more natural dune profile
  • Educate beach users about the dune ecosystem and beach
  • Involve local residents and beach users in managing their dunes and beach
  • Work co-operatively with Auckland Council

Background

Wildlife Conservation Trust of New Zealand's, conservation science advisor, Mark Bellingham, set up the beachcare group in 1993. The latest phase of establishing rare dune plants at Te Henga is being coordinated by him.  For further information or to volunteer email Mark.

The group Includes local residents, beach users with support from Auckland Council and the Coastal Dune Vegetation Network.

Achievements

  • Re-established fore dune (>50,000m3 of sand accumulated)
  • Most of the active 1995 dune stabilised
  • Area of pingao greatly expanded
  • Spinifex present over a greater area of dune
  • Redesign and improvement of the visitor facilities (beach access, signs, carpark, cafe, amenity planting)
  • Beach users largely keeping off the dunes
  • Better control of dogs on the beach
Te Henga/Bethells – Dunefield 1994

Te Henga/Bethells – Dunefield 1994

Te Henga/Bethells – Dunefield 2000

Te Henga/Bethells – Dunefield 2000

Sand fences building dunes

Sand fences building dunes

Planting pingao on the fore dune.

Planting pingao on the fore dune.