SAND MINING, a Global Environmental Crisis, is the extraction of sand from the sea floor. This act destroys everything in its path, leaving a 16km length of dust fumes. Onshore it causes foreshore and dune erosion.
Believe it or not, the world is facing a shortage of sand. Sand is the most consumed natural resource on the planet, aside from water. We are using some 50billion tonnes of ‘aggregate’ (industry lingo for sand and gravel which are found together) every year. Booming urbanisation means the demand for this finite resource is unlikely to let up.
The single largest nearshore sand mining activity in the developed world is happening right on our doorsteps along the magical coasts of Mangawhai, Te Arai, Forrestry and Pakiri. Sand mined from these areas is irreplaceable and is leading to the destruction of entire ecosystems. There is no other developed country which allows nearshore sand mining of this nature. We need YOUR help to stop this madness and take back control over this precious resource so that we can maintain our beautiful coastlines for generations to come.
Currently, sand miner McCallum Brothers (Clevedon Coast Oysters) are seeking to renew their consents to mine vast quantities of sand from the waters off Pakiri and Managawhai. There are other areas with more sustainable sand resources, however unlike other miners McCallum Brothers insist on taking from this vulnerable coast line. Their operations involve four vessels dredging from the area. These vessels are often operating at the same time, all day, night and even on public holidays. The number of dredges that take place yearly are in the hundreds. Evidence of a new dredger with double the holding capacity proves that this operation is only going to get bigger and more detrimental to our coast lines.
Pakiri in particular has already paid it dues in terms of the provision of sand. It has been replenished Auckland’s beaches and provided the raw material for much of Auckland’s development. To date it has endured nearly 100years of continuous extraction, the longest continuous industrial activity in New Zealand.
Pakiri, along with the other beaches of this coastline, is a natural treasure. We need to protect its glistening white sand, miraculous dunes, precious ecosystems and the rare species that inhabit the area as their home.
We urgently need community support to stop this from becoming a tragedy that will affect generations to come.
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