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Other Coastlines - Matapouri
Written by Northern Advocate   
Tuesday, 07 August 2007

Phase two of controversial erosion control work at Matapouri Beach has started, despite opposition from residents.

Sand is being extracted from the estuary and used to form dunes at the top of the beach where native grasses will be planted in spring. The process is expected to take up to three months.

Whangarei District Council technical officer Stuart Jackson said that since the beach was now lower than expected, extra sand would be needed to level it.

He said about 18,500cu m of sand, totalling about 3.2ha, would be removed from two places in the estuary. The resource consent for the work also allows for the removal of mangroves from 0.66ha in the estuary's Te Wairoa Stream area to improve estuary flow.

A Matapouri resident of 30 years, Russell Fransham, said the bridge had always been the problem.

"The bridge is narrow and it was pushed to one side during construction. Unless they enlarge its span, the problem won't go away," said Mr Fransham, a qualified marine zoologist.

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