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A model of community engagement . . . . .

0 Comments 20 May 2015

Report on Dune Restoration Conference – Neil Henderson

This is a model of community engagement that anyone, including us from the west would do well to emulate.   Neil Henderson WRLB May 2015

NeilHendersonaThe Dune Restoration Trust held it’s annual conference in Whitianga 11 – 13 March this year and Neil Henderson, of the Waitakere Ranges Local Board attended.

You can read his full report here page 301 but it is his report’s ‘Conclusions’ that are so very pleasing to read.

 

Conclusions

There is a vital and active organisation here that represents a huge number of self-driven energetic organisations throughout New Zealand and they all have one thing in common:  The preservation and protection of our precious coastal dune resources.  This was my first Dunes conference and I was thoroughly impressed by the dedication all the participants had for their own patches and the work they were trying to do.  I also felt the terrible frustration of our archaeological experts on the attrition we face in our coastal dune sites, with almost half of the recorded sites having been destroyed or disappeared since 1959.  I also take my hat off to Jim Dahm for the foresight and vision he has and the miraculous way he has transmitted this vision to landowners along the Coromandel coastline.

He has been able to instill enough confidence in his vision such that this level headed no nonsense folk has taken the necessary leap of faith and have begun to implement his ideas to protect their properties and the local coastline, without resorting to rock batters or solid walls.  It appears that almost without exception, they have never looked back.  This is a model of community engagement that anyone, including us from the west would do well to emulate.

Bravo Neil !

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The Dunes Restoration Trust of New Zealand was the winner of the ‘Protecting our coasts and oceans’ in 2014.

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