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Focus on Wellington’s Dunes

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News release

5 March 2004

Focus on Wellington’s Dunes

Recent storms around the Wellington region means it’s timely to be talking about the role of vegetation on sand dunes, according to the organisers of the upcoming Coastal Dune Vegetation Network conference.

More than 130 people from throughout New Zealand will meet in Wellington for the event, making it the largest ever gathering of individuals, community groups, researchers and government advocates involved in dune re-vegetation.

The four-day conference at Te Papa starts on Wednesday 10 March and includes fieldtrips around Wellington harbour, to the Kapiti coast and over to the Wairarapa.

“The event brings together the community groups undertaking coastal re-vegetation, the council and other organisations' staff who are helping them do it, and others involved in caring for our coasts,” says Greater Wellington environmental educator Jo Fagan.

“Wellington region has a unique coastline, with a variety of coastal ecosystems, each with their distinctive vegetation and their own issues and challenges. This conference will look the management of coastal dunes, and it will find new solutions and ideas, as well as enable collaboration and networking.”

The conference is hosted by Greater Wellington regional council, along with the Wellington City, Hutt City, Kapiti and Masterton District councils.

“The theme of the conference is ‘Communities caring for their coasts’ and the emphasis of the event will be on practical solutions with examples from throughout the country. There will be discussion of funding opportunities for community groups and landowners, and the place of coastal restoration.”

More than 200 organisations and individuals are involved in the Coastal Dune Vegetation Network, including regional and local councils, Crown Research Institutes, forestry companies, iwi, nurseries, universities, consultants, and community groups such as Beach Care and Coast Care.

“More communities are working together with councils to restore dunes. This collaboration recognises that sandy beaches and dunes are an important part of New Zealand’s unique landscape and lifestyle.”

ENDS

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