Story: Coastal erosion

Storm damage

Storm damage

This view of Paekākāriki, on the Kāpiti Coast, shows the damage caused by high seas in July 1978. The wooden sea wall has been built in an attempt to stop the dunes (and the houses behind them) being undermined by the sea. Such engineering methods, however, are usually ineffective. A better option is to stabilise dunes by planting sand-binding vegetation.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1978/2492/37

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Willem de Lange, 'Coastal erosion - Shifting sands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Willem de Lange, published 12 Jun 2006