Living on a Dynamic Coast
Ko Te Kawa o Tangaroa, he kawa ora
Photos 1-3 by Karina Hunt & Bruce Tonkin, 4 from Whanganui District Council
The 2021 conference was held in Whanganui on the west coast of the North Island. The theme was Living on a Dynamic Coast - Ko Te Kawa o Tangaroa, he kawa ora.
An introduction to the Trust can be downloaded here.
Living on a Dynamic Coast - Main Conference
Ko Te Kawa o Tangaroa, he kawa ora
Wednesday 10 March - Friday 12 March 2021
Presentations (see also conference booklet above for information about speakers and field trips):
- Dunelands of the southwest North Island - Dr Alastair Clement
- Vegetation and plants on the dynamic coast from Taranaki to Manawatū - Colin Ogle (a more detailed paper is to follow)
- Climate change and the coast - Prof James Renwick (Climate Change Commission)
- Castlecliff field trip - Graham Pearson of Castlecliff Coast Care
- Project update - Tim Park
Regional Roundup presentations:
- Far North
- Waikato - West Coast
- Thames Coromandel District
- Bay of Plenty West
- Manawatū District Council Kawakawa Road Native Nursery
- Project Reef South Taranaki
- Wellington Region
- Lyall Bay Coast Care and Guardians of the Bays Wellington
Here is a link to all the Wild for Taranaki restoration booklets that were available at the conference and below are some plant lists and papers from Colin Ogle for the botanists among you.
- Castlecliff Beach Reserve
- Lake Waiau, Waverley
- Ihupuku Swamp, Waverley
- Waipipi wind farm
- Koitiata - Turakina Beach
- Santoft (near Koitiata)
- Pakipaki, Lake Alice, Pretty Bush, Tapu Bush
- Western Taranaki coast between Waitara and Hawera
- Bibliography of plant checklists for areas in Whanganui Conservancy
- Late Pleistocene palynology of terrestrial cover beds at the type section of the Rapanui Terrace, Wanganui
- Vegetation and threatened plants of the coast near mouth of Mangahume Stream, south-east of Opunake, South Taranaki
Newspaper articles during and after the conference:
- Coastal privilege
- Riddle of the shifting sand
- Review of dunelands of the southwest North Island
- Ecologist tells of degraded river
- Dune boardwalk wins backing
- Work on North Mole set to begin
We kindly thank Horizons Regional Council as main sponsor and host and sponsors Whanganui District Council, Coastlands Plant Nursery, Daltons, Progress Castlecliff, Totara Glen Nurseries, Whanganui River Markets, Downer, Manawatu District Council’s Kawa Kawa Road Nursery and Rangitikei District Council. All these made it possible to keep this conference affordable for all.
Working with Nature - Free Pre-conference workshop
Here is Jim Dahm’s 2020 presentation, which is similar to this year’s.
See links above for photos and video of the workshop, and a few more here:
The workshop’s lunch was kindly sponsored by the Department of Conservation.
An informal trip to the Horowhenua coast was run on Sunday 14 March 2021. Sean Lester, of Horowhenua DC led the trip and explained about the history and plans for the areas we visited. We did some birdwatching with Massey Ornithologist Phil Battley and spotted Caspian terns, banded dotterels, wrybills, red knots, golden plovers as well as lots of godwits and oystercatchers. This was followed by plant identification with local volunteer Arnim Littek. Some interesting little plants were observed such as the tape measure plant and several species of Selliera, some of which are rare. It was interesting to see how access paths had been blocked to vehicles by very large tree trunks. It seemed to be effective. Lunch was kindly sponsored by Horowhenua District Council. This was the programme.