Kia Ora

New Zealand’s sand dunes and coastal environments are one of the most important and most degraded landscapes in the country. Sand dunes are our natural barrier to the sea. If well looked after, dune systems lessen coastal hazards and erosion, they provide backdrop to our summer holidays, picturesque views, and habitat for those crazy plants and animals adapted to live between two worlds – land and sea.

The Dunes Trust is a nationwide organisation that brings together the knowledge and experience of communities, iwi, management authorities, industry and science agencies to save our coastal sand dunes. Help us and the already thousands of enthusiastic folks out there protecting our coast!

The Dunes Trust is an incorporated Charitable Trust formed in 2007 to continue the work of the Coastal Dune Vegetation Network. Our aim is to support and encourage the development of cost effective practical methods for coastal communities and management authorities to restore natural dune form and function.


Monitoring workshops

Monitoring workshops are being organised by NatureWatch in Auckland (June) and Christchurch (July). These would be very useful for coast care groups to attend, especially in conjunction with our new dune monitoring project.

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Taranaki Beach Cleanup

A beach clean-up is planned for Waitara to help keep the wildlife safe after Department of Conservation senior biodiversity ranger Callum Lilley recently rescued a Sub-Antarctic Fur Seal painfully…

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