• Sand dunes are our **natural barrier** between land and sea

    Sand dunes are our natural barrier between land and sea

  • Pīngao **binds** and **stabilises** sand dunes with its rope-like rhizomes

    Pīngao binds and stabilises sand dunes with its rope-like rhizomes

  • Keeping our dunes **alive**

    Keeping our dunes alive

  • Bringing people **together**

    Bringing people together

Kia Ora

New Zealand’s coastal environments are one of the most important and most degraded landscapes in the country. Sand dunes are our natural barrier to the sea. If well looked after, dune systems lessen coastal hazards and erosion, they provide backdrop to our summer holidays, picturesque views, and habitat for those crazy plants and animals adapted to live between two worlds – land and sea.

The Coastal Restoration Trust is a nationwide organisation that brings together the knowledge and experience of communities, iwi, management authorities, industry and science agencies to restore coastal ecosystems. Help us and the already thousands of enthusiastic folks out there protecting our coast!

The Coastal Restoration Trust is an incorporated Charitable Trust formed in 2007 as the Dune Restoration Trust that, in turn, continued the work of the Coastal Dune Vegetation Network. Our aim is to support and encourage the development of cost effective practical methods for coastal communities and management authorities to restore coastal ecosystems and their function.

Spartina search dogs

Spartina was introduced into New River estuary in Southland during the 1940s/50s to aid reclamation work being carried out in the days before they understood how important estuaries are. Spartina…

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