Building natural resilience at Foxton Beach

Published on 03 October 2019

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Work has begun to reshape the Foxton Beach foreshore dunes in order to protect the seawall with accumulated sand from the top of the dune.

Machinery and contractors were on site from Tuesday 24 September removing the existing vegetation and logs to allow the re-profiling works.

The reshaping work is occurring between the southern vehicle entrance to the beach and the northern pedestrian walkway nearest the Surf Club.

Council’s Parks and Property Lead North Sean Hester said the foreshore dunes will be re-shaped, which will help achieve a more resilient dune and protect the underlying sea wall from storm damage.

“The use of accumulated sand deposits from the top of the dune to buffer the seawall will serve as natural protection”.

Once the vegetation and debris are removed, the dunes are being reformed to a 1 in 5 gradient, from the height of the bollards to the toe of the dunes.

The current vegetation is being kept for replanting, with an additional 3,000 spinifex plants being added.

“We will invite the community to assist us in re-planting the dunes once completed” Mr Hester said.

The dunes are currently taped off but beach access is available via the southern and northern entrances.

“There may be short term disruption to the southern vehicle access as trucks move around the area” Mr Hester said. 

The work is being undertaken as part of the existing maintenance provision of the consent and is expected to be completed by mid-October.

For more information, please contact comms@horowhenua.govt.nz