NORTHERN REGIONAL LANDSCAPE ASSESSMENT

The Mangawhai sandspit was created
approximately 800 years ago. Paleo-environmental evidence suggests that the dunes formed following a fire through the coastal forest.  A number of middens are located at the southern end dating human occupation from circa 400 years ago.
European settlement began at Te Arai on the southern end of the spit in 1859, and the area was farmed until the creation of the Mangawhai State Forest in the 1960s.

Mangawhai sandspit with Bream Tail in th
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MANGROVES - ALLIES OR INVADERS?
WRITTEN BY ANDRE LABONTE

Making a Difference

This article appeared in National Geographic 

JAN - FEB 2004 issue

Andre LaBonte and his wife are respected ocean and coastal engineers who live in Waipu.

 
Bioresearches aerial photo of Mangawhai_
MANGAWHAI COASTAL BIRD STUDY

Author: Graham Don

Senior Ecology Consultant at Bioresearches