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Other Coastlines - Matapouri
Written by Wade Doak   
Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Than Matapouri no beach is lovelier.
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Dune recession ex posts and broken wire.
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Spit erosion: oceanside.
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Estuary side: 6 paces dune foot to posts.
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Following the many thousands of dollars WDC spent renourishing Matapouri Beach with sand transported by fleets of trucks from the adjacent estuary, Jan and I have monitored the situation following every major storm.


That of 11 July 09 showed the worst erosion so far. As so many locals predicted the sand is on its way back to where it was removed. The spit has been eaten away like an ice cream eagerly licked by a hungry beach kid. We estimate it has lost about thirty feet of breadth from between the tanalised posts and high tensile wire that once marked its perimeter after the work was done. The edge is a steep sand cliff about eight feet high, ready to collapse on any burrowing child.


More worrying, further along the beach, posts have been snapped off, leaving jagged tops jutting just above sand level or below depending on the action of wind and waves] where kids leap about. If they miss the posts there are places where broken high tensile wire strands protrude to remove an eye or transfix a brain. Perhaps rope would be preferable to mark the no-go dune area of native pingao grass and Spinifex, which has retreated with the action of waves and wind to leave the new walkways cantilevered uselessly into space: a metre is a long step to the beach.


Over the years on this iconic beach we have seen vandalistic actions by holiday louts such a piles of broken bottles. If the outcome of an action entails danger for kids, what difference is it from vandalism? Except that, under protest, we helped pay for it…

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