Coastal Restoration Trust of New Zealand

Coastal Dune Ecosystem Reference Database

Vegetation mapping for the protection of old-growth spinifex and pīngao dunes on the uplifted Marlborough coast Technical Report

Orchard, S.
Publisher / Organisation
Marine Ecology Research Group, University of Canterbury
Report prepared for Marlborough District Council This report contributes to a collaborative project between the Marlborough District Council (MDC) and University of Canterbury (UC) which aims to help protect and promote the recovery of native dune systems on the Marlborough coast. It is centred around the mapping of dune vegetation and identification of dune protection zones for old-growth seed sources of the native sand-binders spinifex (Spinifex sericeus) and pīngao (Ficinia spiralis). Both are key habitat-formers associated with nationally threatened dune ecosystems, and pīngao is an important weaving resource and Ngāi Tahu taonga species. The primary goal is to protect existing seed sources that are vital for natural regeneration following major disturbances such as the earthquake event. Several additional protection zones are also identified for areas where new dunes are successfully regenerating, including areas being actively restored in the Beach Aid project that is assisting new native dunes to become established where there is available space.