Northland’s Coast and Us
Our coast
Where is Northland’s coast?
Northland extends from
the Kaipara and
Mangawhai Harbours in
the south to Cape
Rēinga in the n...
What is Northland’s coast?
• inlets and estuaries
• sand dunes, rocky shores and sandy beaches
• two marine reserves and 1...
What’s special about Northland’s
west coast?
It is a place of wild
beaches, spectacular
coastline, stunning sand
dunes, un...
Our west coast has four harbours
• Herekino
• Hokianga
• Kaipara
• Whāngāpē
Hokianga Harbour
Locate these
harbours on a
ma...
Why are west coast harbours important?
West Coast harbours
are crucial
• local character
• cultural value
• feeding ground...
What shapes Northland’s west coast?
Continuous onshore
oceanic swells and
strong winds constantly
shape and reshape
Northl...
What lives on Northland’s west coast?
Northland’s west coast is home to several
endangered plant species. They are importa...
What’s special about Northland’s
east coast?
Northland’s east coast
is generally a place of
gentle beauty. It is
made up o...
What’s special about the east coast?
Much of Northland’s east
coast is washed by a
warm subtropical sea
current which carr...
Our east coast has 13 harbours
•Bay of Islands
•Houhora
•Mangawhai
•Mangonui
•Ngunguru
•Pārengarenga
•Rangaunu
•Tutukākā
•...
The east coast has two marine reserves
• Poor Knights Islands
• Waikaraka and
Motukaroro/Passage
Island in Whangarei
Harbo...
The east coast has two marine reserves
Poor Knights Islands
marine reserve was
established in 1981 as
New Zealand's second...
Whangarei Harbour
Marine Reserve
This reserve made up
of two sites: Waikaraka
(in the middle of the
harbour) and
Motukaror...
What shapes Northland’s east coast?
The east coast usually has
softer winds and oceanic
swells than Northland’s
west coast...
What lives on Northland’s east coast?
Northland’s east coast is home to:
• native birds and plant species
• aquaculture
• ...
Who uses Northland’s coasts?
• Northlanders
• iwi
• tourists
• holidaymakers
• sailors and boaties
• scientists
• photogra...
How do these people use our coasts?
• live / visit
• sightsee / photograph
• swim / snorkel / dive
• fish / collect kaimoa...
What threatens the coasts of Northland?
• extreme weather events
• marine pests
• introduced plant and animal pests
• reso...
Who looks after Northland’s coast?
The Northland Regional Council (NRC)
helps looks after our coastal waters
from high tid...
Who looks after Northland’s coast?
Anywhere, anytime, Northland
Regional Council staff are out there
playing their part.
C...
Who looks after Northland’s coast?
District councils -
Whangarei, Far North and
Kaipara District Councils -
have responsib...
Who looks after Northland’s coast?
The Department of Conservation helps
• protect native species on the coast
• manages ma...
Who looks after Northland’s coast?
The Ministry of Fisheries
helps make sure everyone
obeys the laws and
regulations regar...
Who looks after Northland’s coast?
The New Zealand Police helps
• make sure people drive safely on beaches
• other organis...
Who looks after Northland’s coast?
We all do!
• get involved in local restoration projects
• stick to fishing and shellfis...
Who looks after Northland’s coast?
• keep pollutants out of drains
• keep dogs on leashes, collect their waste and
only ta...
How do you look after yourself on the coast?
• swim between the flags and watch for rips
• stick to boating and fishing re...
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Our coast
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    1. 1. Northland’s Coast and Us Our coast
    2. 2. Where is Northland’s coast? Northland extends from the Kaipara and Mangawhai Harbours in the south to Cape Rēinga in the north. Find your favourite part of Northland’s coast on this map. Northland Cape Reinga Mangawhai Harbour Kaipara Harbour
    3. 3. What is Northland’s coast? • inlets and estuaries • sand dunes, rocky shores and sandy beaches • two marine reserves and 17 harbours Northland’s coast is a 3200 kilometre zipper joining the land and the sea. It includes; Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve Explore and describe the part of Northland’s coastline near you.
    4. 4. What’s special about Northland’s west coast? It is a place of wild beaches, spectacular coastline, stunning sand dunes, unique habitats, lighthouses, shipwrecks and many opportunities for recreation. Hokianga Harbour Describe the colours, shape and feel of the West Coast beach nearest to you. Mitimiti Describe the colours, shape and feel of a west coast beach near you.
    5. 5. Our west coast has four harbours • Herekino • Hokianga • Kaipara • Whāngāpē Hokianga Harbour Locate these harbours on a map of Northland.
    6. 6. Why are west coast harbours important? West Coast harbours are crucial • local character • cultural value • feeding grounds for migratory wading birds such as godwits • snapper breeding grounds Walk along the coast. What birds can you see feeding? Which tidal zone are they in and what are they eating? Hokianga Harbour
    7. 7. What shapes Northland’s west coast? Continuous onshore oceanic swells and strong winds constantly shape and reshape Northland’s west coast. Poutō Peninsula Observe and record how swells and wind have shaped Northland’s west coast.
    8. 8. What lives on Northland’s west coast? Northland’s west coast is home to several endangered plant species. They are important as roosting, nesting and feeding areas for coastal birds such as threatened New Zealand dotterels and fairy terns. NZ dotterel How can you help protect the endangered plants and birds along Northland’s west coast? Pingao
    9. 9. What’s special about Northland’s east coast? Northland’s east coast is generally a place of gentle beauty. It is made up of rocky points with golden sandy beaches fringed by pohutukawa trees, secluded coves and tranquil harbours. Mangawhai Harbour How does Northland’s east coast differ from the west coast?
    10. 10. What’s special about the east coast? Much of Northland’s east coast is washed by a warm subtropical sea current which carries the larvae of many sea species not found elsewhere in New Zealand. Oke Bay, Bay of IslandsWhere does this subtropical current come from?
    11. 11. Our east coast has 13 harbours •Bay of Islands •Houhora •Mangawhai •Mangonui •Ngunguru •Pārengarenga •Rangaunu •Tutukākā •Whananaki •Whangamumu •Whāngārei •Whangaroa •Whangaruru What harbours are near you? Whangaroa Harbour Mangawhai Harbour Pārengarenga Harbour Bay of Islands Locate these harbours on a Northland map.
    12. 12. The east coast has two marine reserves • Poor Knights Islands • Waikaraka and Motukaroro/Passage Island in Whangarei Harbour Explore one of Northland’s marine reserves. Whāngārei Harbour Poor Knights Islands
    13. 13. The east coast has two marine reserves Poor Knights Islands marine reserve was established in 1981 as New Zealand's second marine reserve. The reserve covers approximately 1890 hectares. It extends 800 metres offshore from the islands into the surrounding ocean. Take a class trip to the Poor Knights Islands. Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve Map: DOC
    14. 14. Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve This reserve made up of two sites: Waikaraka (in the middle of the harbour) and Motukaroro/Passage Island surrounding Reotahi (near the harbour mouth) The reserve covers 253.7 ha or 2.54% of Whāngārei Harbour. What do marine reserves do? Waikaraka Marine Reserve Whangarei Harbour Map: DOC Motukaroro Marine Reserve Whangarei Harbour Map:DOC
    15. 15. What shapes Northland’s east coast? The east coast usually has softer winds and oceanic swells than Northland’s west coast. Bay of IslandsCheck out how wind and waves have shaped your nearest part of the east coast.
    16. 16. What lives on Northland’s east coast? Northland’s east coast is home to: • native birds and plant species • aquaculture • migratory birds • a rich array of sea life • marine mammals Oyster farm Fairy tern Bottlenose dolphin Discover what lives on Northland’s east coast.
    17. 17. Who uses Northland’s coasts? • Northlanders • iwi • tourists • holidaymakers • sailors and boaties • scientists • photographers • business people Awahoa Bay, Taiharuru Carry out a survey of who uses the east coast.
    18. 18. How do these people use our coasts? • live / visit • sightsee / photograph • swim / snorkel / dive • fish / collect kaimoana • surf / sail / boat • holiday / relax / camp • picnic / walk • run businesses Smugglers Cove Find out how use of Northland’s coasts has changed over time. Waipapakauri
    19. 19. What threatens the coasts of Northland? • extreme weather events • marine pests • introduced plant and animal pests • resource exploitation • erosion • pollution • climate change • human activities Identify local coastal threats. How can people help reduce these. Erosion – human activity – Mahuta Gap
    20. 20. Who looks after Northland’s coast? The Northland Regional Council (NRC) helps looks after our coastal waters from high tide mark to low water mark onwards out to the 12 nautical mile limit. NRC coast patrol boat How does the council look after our coast? Go to www.nrc.govt.nz to find out. NRC staff at work
    21. 21. Who looks after Northland’s coast? Anywhere, anytime, Northland Regional Council staff are out there playing their part. Coastal Monitoring Coastal pest plant removal Seaweed build-up
    22. 22. Who looks after Northland’s coast? District councils - Whangarei, Far North and Kaipara District Councils - have responsibility for the coastal land they own. They set bylaws managing coastal use down to the low water mark. What does your district council do to care for the coast? How can you help it look after the coast? Whangarei District Council sign, Ruakaka Beach
    23. 23. Who looks after Northland’s coast? The Department of Conservation helps • protect native species on the coast • manages marine reserves • look after marine mammals and marine mammal strandings How can you help DOC look after your part of the coast? Go to www.doc.govt.nz to find out. Whale stranding, Spirits Bay
    24. 24. 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? What size must they be? Fish limits sign, Whangarei Harbour
    25. 25. Who looks after Northland’s coast? The New Zealand Police helps • make sure people drive safely on beaches • other organisations when needed Awahoa Bay How can you make sure you and others enjoy the beach safely? Police on beach patrol, Ahipara
    26. 26. Who looks after Northland’s coast? We all do! • 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 • take rubbish home • use boats responsibly • look after creatures and plants How can you help care for our coast? Tauranga Bay CoastCare group planting day.
    27. 27. Who looks after Northland’s coast? • 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 Check out the CoastCare Code and get involved! Keeping to the track at Waipapakauri
    28. 28. 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 • be water wise • avoid cliffs and unstable banks / dunes Northland Regional Council information day, Ahipara. How can you help others to take these actions?
    29. 29. Northland’s Coast and Us Our coast
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