Coastal management in the Waikato region: a study of the views of Coromandel beachgoers and residents on coastal erosion and its management, January 2007

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Stewart, C.; Becker, J.S.; Coomer, M.A.; Wilson, T.; Davies, A.; Hume, T. 2007 Coastal management in the Waikato region: a study of the views of Coromandel beachgoers and residents on coastal erosion and its management, January 2007. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2007/21 121 p.

Abstract: Although beaches are highly valued and utilised resources, beach user opinions and preferences and community perceptions of coastal erosion have only rarely been studied in New Zealand. Even more rarely have they been used as input for directing coastal management strategies. To address this gap, we collected information on public perceptions of coastal erosion and on preferences for various erosion management strategies for three locations on the Coromandel coast, with the aim of being able to link the results of the study with long-term planning for those areas. The study was carried out at Tairua, Waihi Beach and Whangapoua, on the east coast of the Coromandel. These locations were chosen as they illustrate a range of severity of current erosion threats, and of approaches to coastal protection. We adopted the dual approach of conducting face-to-face interviews with people encountered at the beach, and surveying local residents and property owners with a postal questionnaire. This report covers the findings from the interviews with beachgoers. The data from the postal questionnaire is reported in full in a companion volume (Becker et al. 2007), and findings have been integrated with the results of the beachgoer interviews to address the objectives of this study. (auth)