Story: Marine minerals

Sand dredge, Pākiri Beach

Sand dredge, Pākiri Beach

Sand has been dredged from the sea floor off Pākiri Beach, north of Auckland, since the 1950s. The sand is used in Auckland’s building industry. In 2005, two dredging companies wanted to continue taking around 80,000 cubic metres of sand from the beach every year for the next 20 years. In April that year the Auckland Regional Council recommended that sand dredging cease, because of concerns that sand extraction had increased beach erosion.

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Ian Wright, 'Marine minerals - Phosphates, ironsands and sands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)

Story by Ian Wright, published 12 Jun 2006