Where is Northland’s coast? Cape ReingaNorthland extends fromthe Kaipara andMangawhai Harbours inthe south to CapeRēinga in the north. Northland Find your Mangawhai Harbour favourite part Kaipara of Northland’s Harbour coast on this map.
What is Northland’s coast?Northland’s coast is a 3200 Explore and describe the partkilometre zipper joining the land of Northland’s coastline nearand the sea. It includes; you.• inlets and estuaries• sand dunes, rocky shores and sandy beaches• two marine reserves and 17 harbours Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve
What’s special about Northland’s west coast?It is a place of wildbeaches, spectacular Hokianga Harbourcoastline, stunning sanddunes, unique habitats,lighthouses, shipwrecksand many opportunitiesfor recreation. Mitimiti Describe the colours, Describe the shape and feel of the colours, shape West Coast beach nearest of a and feel to you. west coast beach near you.
Our west coast has four harbours• Herekino• Hokianga• Kaipara• Whāngāpē Locate these harbours on a map of Northland. Hokianga Harbour
Why are west coast harbours important?West Coast harboursare crucial• local character• cultural value• feeding grounds for Hokiangamigratory wading birds Harboursuch as godwits Walk along the coast. What birds• snapper breeding can you see feeding? Whichgrounds tidal zone are they in and what are they eating?
What shapes Northland’s west coast?Continuous onshoreoceanic swells andstrong winds constantlyshape and reshapeNorthland’s west coast. Observe and record how Poutō Peninsula swells and wind have shaped Northland’s west coast.
What lives on Northland’s west coast?Northland’s west coast is home to severalendangered plant species. They are important asroosting, nesting and feeding areas for coastalbirds such as threatened New Zealand dotterelsand fairy terns. Pingao How can you help protect the endangered plants and birds along Northland’s west coast? NZ dotterel
What’s special about Northland’s east coast?Northland’s east coastis generally a place ofgentle beauty. It ismade up of rockypoints with goldensandy beaches fringedby pohutukawa trees, Mangawhai Harboursecluded coves and How does Northland’s easttranquil harbours. coast differ from the west coast?
What’s special about the east coast?Much of Northland’s eastcoast is washed by awarm subtropical seacurrent which carries thelarvae of many seaspecies not foundelsewhere in New Oke Bay, Bay of IslandsZealand. Where does this subtropical current come from?
Our east coast has 13 harbours Locate •Bay of Islands theseWhangaroa Harbour •Houhora harbours on a Northland •Mangawhai map. •Mangonui What •Ngunguru harbours are •Pārengarenga near you? •Rangaunu Mangawhai Harbour Pārengarenga Harbour •Tutukākā Bay of Islands •Whananaki •Whangamumu •Whāngārei •Whangaroa •Whangaruru
The east coast has two marine reserves• Poor Knights Islands• Waikaraka and Poor Knights Islands Motukaroro/Passage Island in Whangarei Harbour Explore one of Northland’s marine reserves. Whāngārei Harbour
The east coast has two marine reservesPoor Knights Islandsmarine reserve wasestablished in 1981 asNew Zealands second Poor Knightsmarine reserve. The Islands Marinereserve covers Reserve Map: DOCapproximately 1890 Take ahectares. It extends class trip to the800 metres offshore Poor Knights Islands.from the islands intothe surrounding ocean.
Whangarei Harbour What doMarine Reserve marine reserves do?This reserve made upof two sites: Waikaraka(in the middle of the Waikaraka Marineharbour) and Reserve Whangarei HarbourMotukaroro/Passage Map: DOCIsland surrounding Motukaroro MarineReotahi (near the Reserveharbour mouth) Whangarei Harbour Map:DOCThe reserve covers253.7 ha or 2.54% ofWhāngārei Harbour.
What shapes Northland’s east coast?The east coast usually hassofter winds and oceanicswells than Northland’swest coast. Check out how Bay of Islands wind and waves have shaped your nearest part of the east coast.
What lives on Northland’s east coast?Northland’s east coast is home to:• native birds and plant species• aquaculture Bottlenose dolphin• migratory birds• a rich array of sea life• marine mammals Oyster farm Fairy tern Discover what lives on Northland’s east coast.
Who uses Northland’s coasts? Carry out a survey of who uses the east coast. • Northlanders • iwi • tourists • holidaymakers • sailors and boaties Awahoa Bay, • scientists Taiharuru • photographers • business people
How do these people use our coasts?• live / visit• sightsee / photograph• swim / snorkel / dive• fish / collect kaimoana Smugglers Cove• surf / sail / boat• holiday / relax / camp• picnic / walk• run businesses Find out how use Waipapakauri of Northland’s coasts has changed over time.
What threatens the coasts of Northland? Identify local• extreme weather events coastal threats. How can people• marine pests help reduce these.• introduced plant and animal pests• resource exploitation• erosion• pollution• climate change Erosion – human• human activities activity – Mahuta Gap
Who looks after Northland’s coast? How does theThe Northland Regional Council (NRC) council look afterhelps looks after our coastal waters our coast? Go to www.nrc.govt.nzfrom high tide mark to low water mark to find out.onwards out to the 12 nauticalmile limit. NRC staff at workNRC coast patrol boat
Who looks after Northland’s coast? Anywhere, anytime, Northland Regional Council staff are out there playing their part. Coastal pest plant removalCoastal Monitoring Seaweed build-up
Who looks after Northland’s coast? What does your district council do to care for the coast? How District councils - can you help it look after the coast? Whangarei, Far North and Kaipara District Councils - have responsibility for the coastal land they own. They set bylaws managing coastal use down to the Whangarei District Council sign, low water mark. Ruakaka Beach
Who looks after Northland’s coast?The Department of Conservation helps How can you help DOC look• protect native species on the coast after your part of the coast? Go to• manages marine reserves www.doc.govt.nz to find out.• look after marine mammals and marine mammal strandings Whale stranding, Spirits Bay
Who looks after Northland’s coast? The Ministry of Fisheries helps make sure everyone obeys the laws and regulations regarding fishing and shellfish gathering. How many fish and shellfish are you allowed to collect each day in Northland?Fish limits sign, What size mustWhangarei Harbour they be?
Who looks after Northland’s coast? How can you make sure you and othersThe New Zealand Police helps enjoy the beach safely?• make sure people drive safely on beaches• other organisations when needed Awahoa Bay Police on beach patrol, Ahipara
Who looks after Northland’s coast? How can youWe all do! help care for our coast?• get involved in local restoration projects• stick to fishing and shellfish regulations• keep vehicles off dunes• If you must drive on the beach, then drive carefully Tauranga Bay• take rubbish home CoastCare group planting day.• use boats responsibly• look after creatures and plants
Who looks after Northland’s coast? Check out the CoastCare Code and get involved! • keep pollutants out of drains • keep dogs on leashes, collect their waste and only take them to beaches if permitted • keep beaches and dunes free of garden waste • leave pebbles and shells on the beach • fence stock in paddocks • stick to tracks when walking • keep horses off dunes • surf the waves, not the dunes Keeping to the track at Waipapakauri
How do you look after yourself on the coast?• swim between the flags and watch for rips• stick to boating and fishing regulations and rules• follow the road rules on the beach How can you help• be water wise others to take these• avoid cliffs and unstable banks / dunes actions? Northland Regional Council information day, Ahipara.