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Waikato needs help planting dunes

Waikato Regional Council would like more volunteers to help plant dunes. The next session is at Port Waikato on Saturday 1 August, 10am.

There are many other planting bees in the Waikato region and details can be found on the Waikato Coastcare Facebook page. One is tomorrow in Kawhia, many in August and no doubt there will be more in September. Check it out!

Castlecliff Coastcare community planting days

If you’d like to be part of Castlecliff Coast Care’s winter Community Planting Days, dress up warm, and meet the team at The Duncan Pavilion, Rangiora St, Castlecliff, Whanganui (Manawatū) on Sunday, August 23, at 10.30am; or Saturday, September 19 for an afternoon planting session starting at 1.30pm.

See this story about a planting day held earlier this year and this one.

Feedback wanted on Waikato Regional Coastal Plan

A message from Waikato Regional Council about the Waikato Regional Coastal Plan:

In March, we started meeting with communities around the Coromandel Peninsula to capture views and feedback on the key issues we’ve identified and ways the current coastal plan can be improved. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic these engagement activities were cut short.

We’re now in a position to resume engagement and would value the opportunity to meet with you at one of the community drop-in sessions we have planned. Dates and venues are below. Please share this email with any of your contacts who may also be interested in attending.

Whitianga
Thursday, 6 August - 3.30pm-6pm
Mercury Bay Boating Club
90 Buffalo Beach Road

Coromandel
Friday, 7 August - 11am-1pm
Coromandel Community Boardroom
355 Kapanga Road

We realise you may not be able to attend in person – no problem! You can also provide feedback via our website for Healthy Environments | He Taiao Mauriora Coastal Plan Review. On our website we break down the issues into key topic areas. These are also compiled into a handy PDF document here.

The feedback we receive will be collated and used to further refine the issues to be addressed in the current coastal plan.

If there are any matters you would like further clarified or you would like the opportunity to meet with us in person (or virtually), then reply to this email address.

We look forward to speaking with you at one of our drop-in sessions!

Noho ora mai
Healthy Environments - Coastal Plan Review Team

Coastal Adaptation Webinar

Join the Coastal team of the Resilience National Science Challenge for an update on their research activities at a FREE webinar on 6 August 11-12noon.

The research team will present their recent work on coastal adaptation using the ‘Dynamic Adaptive Pathways Planning’ approach, the application of this approach to new challenges such as managed retreat, and ongoing and future work on enabling proactive coastal adaptation.

Speakers:

  • Assoc Prof Mark Dickson (The University of Auckland): Introduction to the Resilience Challenge Coastal Programme
  • Dr Judy Lawrence (Victoria University of Wellington): Coastal adaptation and enabling managed retreat
  • Rick Kool (Technical University of Denmark & Victoria University of Wellington): Adaptation of two-waters infrastructure to sea level rise - Petone case study
  • Dr Rob Bell (NIWA): Future work within the Resilience Challenge Coastal Programme


This free webinar will be useful to anyone involved in climate adaptation and coastal planning within central or local government, iwi and hapū, and coastal communities, as well as researchers and students. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the research team.

A recording of the webinar will be made available afterwards if you are unable to attend live.

Get the link here. Note that there is no need to book. You just follow the link to your calendar and a link to the webinar is in the information.

Beach Creatures

You may have seen this before, but it is amazing art that walks over the beaches of the Netherlands. The music added makes it extra special. Enjoy!

Artist, Theo Jansen, dreams of developing one to such an extent that it lives by itself on the beach after he dies. Considering that they are mostly made from PVC piping, that is not a good idea.