The sandspit at Kokorua is the only dune system in Eastern Tasman Bay that is legally protected for its conservation values.
It is home to several species of threatened dune plants, katipo spiders and common geckos.
Restoration work concentrates on reducing the dominance of marram grass and replacing it with spinifex, and enhancing the populations of threatened plants such as pingao and coastal mahoe.
The project aims to:
Restore natural vegetation communities to enhance the natural functioning of the native foredune community
Provide habitat for the protection of regionally threatened dune plants, and create a regionally significant seed source for these.
Enhance habitat for native animal species which inhabit dunes.
Involve the community in the dune restoration to promote community guardianship and greater understanding of the importance of protecting remaining coastal habitats.
Kokorua Sandspit is located at the mouth of the Whangamoa River on the exposed coastline of Eastern Tasman Bay between Delaware Bay and Cape Soucis. The site is approximately 6 hectares and comprises a bar between the open sea of Tasman Bay to the north and the Whangamoa River estuary to the south.
The land is administered by DOC and its legal status is an open scientiﬁc reserve. This means that the public can visit, but as there is no public road, the only access for the general public is by boat. This isolation presents the opportunity to restore the natural values of this sandspit and to establish self sustaining populations of regionally threatened dune plants without the threat of major human disturbance.