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Other Coastlines - The Rest
Written by Kim Reed, Northern News   
Wednesday, 07 January 2009

LENDING A HAND: Ngataki School students, from back to front, Shyontei Josephs, Puru Aboagye, Robert Roberts and Rhythm Matiu with DOC ranger Janeen Collings getting ready to plant the rare coastal plant Holloway's crystalwort at Rarawa Beach.

Rarawa Beach is getting a helping hand thanks to a joint effort between Ngataki School, a local nursery and the Department of Conservation.

The beach is home to dotterels and oyster catchers, and the ecosystem is under threat because of natural and man-made causes.

Atriplex hollowayi adult plant
Photographer: Lisa Forester

Ngataki School, with the help of DOC, has adopted the beach and has been taking steps to help restore it.

In December, students planted 120 of the rare coastal plant Holloway’s Crystalwort – Atriplex hollowayi, a small native annual herb that grows near the high tide level on sandy beaches.

The plant used to grow throughout New Zealand on the east coast as far south as Wellington, but over the last 100 years has retreated northwards and is quickly becoming extinct.

Tiny glistening lumps on the leaves make the plant appear as though it has been dusted with sugar, hence the name ‘crystalwort’.

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