Piha Coastal Day 25 August 2012
Jim Dahm of Eco Nomos Ltd presented his extensive report, Piha South Road Reserve Dune Management , commissioned by Auckland Council, at an open day for the community on 25 August in the Piha Surf Lifesaving Club. He gave a power point presentation of his report which looked at the known history of the dunes on Piha Beach since 1900, the present large sand movements up the coast from the south, an assessment of modifications of the dunes over the last 60 years and proposals for future management. The report is available on the Association website.
There were about 30 people present, including 3 members of the Waitakere Ranges Local Board, Clr Sandra Coney and Parks staff. After the presentation, there was discussion of questions and points raised by members of the audience. Members of Piha Coastcare, which has undertaken planting on the dunes over the last 9 years, and local surfers had contributions to make. A major point of discussion was the possible effects on the operation of the beach brought about by the creation of a new dune and parkland around the Moana Stream and its concreting, all done in the 1980s. Judge Turner’s 1991 judgment of this work was referred to.
Feedback forms were provided and further comment to Tracey Hodder of Auckland Council was welcomed, Tracey.Hodder@auckland council.govt.nz. A report with recommendations will now be made to the Waitakere Ranges Local Board.