Coastal Management Timeline

This is a timeline of reports, groups and action plans over the past 20 years looking at how to better manage coastline around the Coromandel.

This is a timeline of reports, groups and action plans over the past 20 years looking at how to better manage coastline around the Coromandel.

2015 - 17. Coastal Erosion Plans and Programmes developed or revised for Mercury Bay, Tairua, Pauanui and Whangamata

May 2013 -2016. Coastal protection walls are built or extended in Whitianga and Cooks Beach. Go to our coastal management page for the details.

April 2013. Mercury Bay Community Board endorses the Draft Whitianga Coastal Action Plan.

Dec 2012. Draft Whitianga Coastal Action Plan goes out for public feedback.

Mid- 2012 Whitianga Coastal Action Steering Committee formed.Made up of Council staff, Regional Council staff, local iwi, community board members, affected property owners and ratepayers the Committee is working towards an action plan for short, medium and long-term work to find solutions for coastal erosion along Buffalo and Brophy's Beaches.

2011 (August):
Whitianga Coastal Futures Project: Joint project between Waikato Regional Council (Resources Use, Policy and Strategy and Information groups) and Thames-Coromandel District Council.

2011:
WRC report on community perceptions of coastal processes and management options for coastal erosion. Coromandel Peninsula case studies include Whangapoua and Tairua communities.

2010:
WRC report on Buffalo Beach Focus Groups.

2009:
WRC Regional Policy Statement review including managing coastal hazard risk. The review essentially builds on the research and policy development initiatives outlined above.

2009:
Our Council reviews and refines the high risk primary development setback using improved data and methodologies available.

2007:
Our Council adopted a policy framework for dealing with coastal protection structures on Council administered foreshore land embracing coastal living with natural erosion processes, rather than seeking to control them, but managing human activities accordingly.

2005:
WRC commissioned report: Managed Retreat from Coastal Hazards: Options for Implementation.

2004:
Beca coastal management reports for Cooks & Buffalo beaches commissioned by EW and our Council The reports analysed the current state of coastal science for each of the beach systems, examined a range of management options and recommended a preferred option for each of the beaches' hotspots.

2000-2002:
Environment Waikato (EW) technical report: Coromandel Beaches: Coastal Hazards & Development Setback Recommendations and the 2002 summary: Coromandel Beaches report - which reviewed data to 1999 and included recommendations for managing coastal development including revised coastal set-backs and dune management.

1999:
Buffalo Beach Collaborative Committee established

1998:
Tonkin and Taylor 1988 Coastal Management strategy report published.

1991 to present:
Resource Management Act controls in regional & district planning instruments including the Regional Policy Statement, Regional Coastal Plan and the District Plan.

Early 1980s (1979-81):
Coastal setbacks developed for the Coromandel Peninsula by the Hauraki Catchment Board (HCB - a predecessor organisation to Waikato Regional Council) and used by our Council when assessing coastal development and beach-front building proposals.