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PLANTING THE SANDSPIT

An iconic feature of Mangawhai

A highly visible and powerful landform, the spit's size is not readily apparent when viewed from across the estuary, but seen from elevated locations, or from on the spit itself, its scale is impressive.

Since commencement, over 100,000 spinifex and pingao have been planted on both the estuary and ocean sides of the sandspit.  Net fencing has been installed by the MHRS to stabilise the sand dunes by collecting wind-blown sand drifts. 

 

The planting and fencing programs are carried out with the support of DOC and are designed to be complimentary to the sandspit's bird sanctuary.  

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