Another successful Coastal Restoration Trust Conference was held in Gisborne on 30 March - 1 April 2016.

The theme of the conference was: Rich in Natural Beauty, Strong on Culture and it showcased the stunning beauty of the East Coast dune landscapes as well as discussed some of the issues faced. This was the final programme and here is a little write-up about it in the Gisborne Herald.

One of the exciting outcomes of this conference is that we were given a Māori name for our trust as well as a waiata. The name is Tāhuna Ora and here are the words:

Tai timu, tai pari

Tai mata tāhuna

Piri tata, piri tahi

Piri kia ora

Mō āpōpō, mō ake, ake tonu rā


And the translation - “Dunes strong and vigorous”:

Tides that ebb and flow

Caressing the banks brow 

Stand together and embrace as one

To ensure survival

For tomorrow, for the future, through the eons of time. 


A recording to give you an idea of how it is sung can be found hereIf you have a better version please send it to us at

The winners of all our awards were announced at the conference dinner. If you weren’t there, go to our Awards page to find out who they are.

Proceedings and links from the conference:

Greg Bennett, Chair - opening

Dr Amber Dunn - Tairawhiti

 Dr Amber Dunn - Wainui Science

Ian Ruru drone footage

Regional Roundup presentations:

Coastcare Castlecliff

Coast Care Eastern Bay of Plenty

Coast Care Northland

Coast Care Western Bay of Plenty

Maketu Ongatoro Wetland Society

Piha Coast Care - Whatipu Dunes

Pio Shores Dune Care

Waikato Regional Council Beach Care

Waitohu Stream and Dune Care Group


We thank Coastlands Plant Nursery as our Premier Sponsor and Bay of Plenty Regional Council as our Gold Sponsor for their generosity in supporting this year’s conference. Go here to see our full range of Coastal Restoration Trust supporters of this year.