New Zealand Coast, Punakaiki

Wetlands, Waterways & Coasts

With New Zealand being an island country, there are huge challenges in maintaining healthy coastlines for all. Our wetlands, rivers, streams and creeks are at risk from a range of environmental problems, including erosion, salinity, drought and pollution.

New Zealanders have a special connection to their waterways and coasts. They are special places for us to visit, holiday and live. We highly value our coastal environments, their natural beauty and as places to enjoy nature and interact with family and friends.  The coast provides great social, cultural, economic and environment benefits for all New Zealanders and is intrinsic to the New Zealand way of life.

Our love of the coast and waterways is having an impact.  Issues affecting these areas include

  • Environmental degradation (weeds, erosion, inappropriate use by public etc.)
  • Introduced pest plants and animals
  • Loss of coastal habitat and biodiversity
  • Increasing development along the coast
  • Pollution and litter including sedimentation, nitrification an ingettation and entanglement of rubbish
  • Marine debris accumulating in on-shore and near shore environments, impacting wildlife by entanglement and ingestion

With the mainland New Zealand coastline stretching such a vast distance, there are huge challenges in maintaining healthy coastlines for all. Our wetlands, rivers, streams and creeks are also at risk from a range of environmental problems, including erosion, salinity, drought and pollution.

There are a range of  projects  available, that work towards protecting our precious coastlines and waterways. Want to learn more? Have a look at our upcoming projects and learn how to volunteer with us.