CVNZ works closely with Wellington City Council (WCC) to help restore the local dune ecosystems around Wellington’s south coast, and continually review and monitor the restored areas to determine success and further revise the restoration programmes. Natural sand dunes play a vital role in protecting our beaches, coastline and coastal developments from coastal hazards such as erosion, coastal flooding and storm damage.
Coastal dunes are home to a range of native animals, including four species of native lizards: common gecko, the common skink, the spotted skink, and the copper skink. The katipō spider was once widespread in coastal dunes along the Wellington coastline but is now a nationally threatened species. Dunelands close to houses are vulnerable to colonisation by invasive weeds which de-stabilise the sand, and displace native species such as pīngao and spinifex/kōwhangatara.
Our dune restoration mahi
We have been working on this dune restoration project alongside WCC since 2018, and it’s quickly become one of our most popular volunteer projects in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.
Through this project we have:
Join us for a day at the coast helping to restore these key native ecosystems in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.