Community focused on retaining their beach

Wednesday May 08, 2019 Written by Published in Environment
Community members of Nukupure Park are focused on retaining their beach.19050541 Community members of Nukupure Park are focused on retaining their beach.19050541

Community members of Nukupure Park are not responding to an assessment report that was released last month.


The report known as the Assessment of the Nukupure Park Foreshore Projects Beach Nourishment, Dune Planting and Toa was prepared by Andy Kirkwood and Justine Flanagan for the landowners of Nukupure Park. It showed that the park coastline was at risk and breach loss has been observed.

However, the group have said they are more focused on working on a solution to retain the beach.

The report stated that the Mei Te Vai Ki Te Vai (MTVKTV) Environmental Impact Assessment proposed that shoreline retreat and narrowing of the beach may be due to historical sand mining in the area, unmanaged floodwater that has affected the park and the severe erosion along the park edge and research on the toa suggested that it may have initially caused the beach loss and coastal erosion both at Nukupure Park and along the Muri shoreline.

Community group member who carried out the planting project, Jamie Short said: “At the moment we are not getting involved or reacting to this assessment as we are focusing on what to do now because of the obvious fact that we are going to keep getting the floodwater eroding the beach.”

Short said that previously it wasn’t flood waters eroding the beach but, it was other natural forces. 

“Erosion is a natural occurring effect after all.  We had already submitted our project proposal before the rest of the big floods happened so we did not expect that 1 in 100-year event to occur so many more times but now we see, climate change is here and we need to adapt our project.”

Short said both projects were created independently of each other and were not related until they found out where the dredged sand was to be put (Nukupure beach).

“Then we planned to work together – they placed the dredged sand and coconut matting and we come in and plant and put up some little walkways so people walk over the plant ‘back of the beach’ and on to the beach.”

She said their goal was to return the “back of the beach” to its natural state which they hoped would help retain the beach/build a reservoir and also increase biodiversity. 

Short said she and an engineer who is part of their group have been discussion options that they could afford within their current project budget to manage the floodwater when it comes again.

The group would meet soon to discuss their next step.

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  • Comment Link Andy Kirkwood Wednesday, 08 May 2019 13:01 posted by Andy Kirkwood

    Our Assessment of Nukupure Park Foreshore Projects is available online and includes links to supporting research:

    MTVKTV was formed to address waste-water management including flooding. Muri Environment Care members have knowledge of the erosion the park has sustained as a result of flooding from 2018 - and then again in Jan 2019. Once engaged by the landowners to evaluate the foreshore projects (from Feb 2019), we raised the issue of flooding with MEC directly. At that time, the group were not willing to adapt the project.

    We later raised concerns regarding the toa/ironwood trees. Firstly on the health of the dune plantings; then with the research that the tree accelerates coastal erosion.

    Issues of coastal erosion and mitigating the impacts of climate change are growing significance, both here and overseas. This project is an opportunity to work collaboratively. We have recommended to the landowners of Nukupure Park that our report and observations be used by the project partners (MTVKTV/MEC) in forming a sustainable long-term solution.

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