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Key Native Ecosystems - Dune Restoration

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:

  • – Removed thousands of square metres of invasive plants from local dune ecosystems
  • – Planted native species along the dunes to restore dune health
  • – Engaged hundreds of volunteers from various backgrounds (individuals, schools, groups,    businesses) to help us plant thousands of native dune plants and remove invasive plants.
  • – Run residential projects for international volunteers, hosted many public volunteer days,    and hosted private volunteering events for groups.

Get involved

Join us for a day at the coast helping to restore these key native ecosystems in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

To get involved or to find out more about upcoming volunteering opportunities call 0800 878 185 or email [email protected].