Tackling erosion at Shelly Beach foreshore

Publish Date : 21 Jun 2018

New groynes and a seawall will help fight erosion at Shelly Beach, Kaipara Harbour. Groynes are structures that modify sea currents and wave energy to help trap sand on the beach.

At the beach’s northern end is a mangrove colony that developed after a seawall was built in the late 1950s. Some mangroves and part of the seawall were successfully removed in 2012 as a trial. The rest of that seawall and a further 3200 square metres of mangroves will be removed, returning the beach to a more natural state.

The project will also ‘legalise’ the southern end of the backshore platform that is part of the reserve and was formed by a historic land reclamation.

Rodney Local Board Chair Beth Houlbrooke says extensive public consultation and feedback has helped shape the project.

“The foreshore is a popular recreation spot. Removing the old seawall and clearing more mangroves north of the wharf, will open up the beach and restore harbour views.”

The project features:

  • five new groynes and a seawall that will be constructed of natural beach sediment mixed with cement to mimic the local sandstone;
  • improvements to 450 metres of beachfront by placing additional sand from the Kaipara Harbour between the groynes;
  • a new walkway along the shore to connect the playground and parking areas.

The work is expected to take about six months and be completed before the busy summer months.

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