Mangawhai Pakiri SOS
Pakiri beach, two hours north of Auckland, is a natural treasure. People come to enjoy its glistening white sand, miraculous dunes, precious ecosystems and the rare species that make it their home. It is a taonga for generations to come.
Yet for decades Pakiri has been mined for its white sand. It’s the site of the largest single nearshore sand mining activity in the developed world. This sand extraction is causing erosion, destroying shellfish beds, stealing safe nesting spots from endangered birds and ruining surf breaks. It’s home to the Fairy Tern who nest in the sand dunes - only 40 are left now before they become extinct.
Sand miner McCallum Brothers in seeking 3 consents to mine vast quantities of sand from the waters off Pakiri Beach and Mangawhai - if granted the equivalent of 300,000 20ft containers over a period of 35 years!
For all concerned for the protection of Pakiri, we urgently need your support. If enough of us raise our voices we can persuade the Council to refuse the application, end the sand mining, and protect Pakiri forever.
No other developed country allows nearshore sand mining – help to stop this madness and ensure guardianship of this beautiful coastline.
1. Sign and share this petition to say no to sand mining of Mangawhai-Pakiri Embayment now!
2. Please make a submission against the two resource consent applications with Auckland Council - 'In shore' and 'Mid Shore'. Deadline is 10th Dec 2021. The two consents can be found HERE:
SUGGESTED TEXT FOR SUBMISSIONS
(you can use the same text in both submissions)
Box 1 - Specify the aspects of the application you are submitting on:
The non-complying activity and the form(s) of its exercise. Being the offshore, gross extraction of sand from, and disturbance to, the sea bed, using a (trailing) suction pipe, in the Mangawhai-Pakiri embayment.
Box 2 - What are the reasons for your submission?
- causal offshore and onshore adverse environmental effects to: coastal processes, flora, fauna, sea bed, water quality, biodiversity & the onshore beach system
- recent science has clarified closure depth, effective sand inputs & the overall annual sediment balance for the near shore Mangawhai Pakiri embayment
- the near shore sand system is in annual deficit from effective sand inputs minus total dredging extraction volumes
- the beaches have lost significant volumes of onshore sand reserves & are in a critical state
- the consent Holder has breached many key conditions of the consent, on and off the water
- significant & persistent seabed trenches have been created further offshore by the dredgers, which they never revealed
- there are alternative & sustainable sand supply sources
- a finite, precious resource as enjoyed by the greater public, is being depleted for private profit
- near shore sand dredging is out of step with the Hauraki Gulf, Regional and National directives and Climate Change considerations, protocols and commitments
- Auckland Council, via its Coastal Consents unit, is an incompetent and ineffective Regulator
Box 3 - What decisions and amendments would you like the council to make?
The ending of all dredging in the Mangawhai-Pakiri embayment and the non renewal of any consent(s) or amendments thereto.
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Save our Sands (Mangawhai Harbour Restoration Society, Friends of Pakiri Beach, Te Whanau o Pakiri, Tangata Whenua, locals and concerned New Zealanders) are taking a stand and we need your help!
This petition is in support of, and in partnership with the Friends of Pakiri Beach who are also collecting signatures and submissions here: https://our.actionstation.org.nz/petitions/save-pakiri-beach-from-sand-mining
Pakiri locals fight plans to take their sand for Auckland beaches, RNZ, May 2021 https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/in-depth/441849/pakiri-locals-fight-plans-to-take-their-sand-for-auckland-beaches