Managing our coast : the tabulated results of two community surveys undertaken at Tairua and Waihi Beach

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Becker, J.S.; Stewart, C.; Coomer, M.A.; Hume, T.; Blackett. P.; Davies, A. 2007 Managing our coast : the tabulated results of two community surveys undertaken at Tairua and Waihi Beach. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2007/28 235 p.

Abstract: In setting goals for long term coastal planning it is beneficial to understand the perspectives of the community, including what people value about the coast; whether they really understand coastal processes; and what their preferred community management options or outcomes might be. This research report addresses the issue of community perspectives about the coast and presents the tabulated results of two questionnaires undertaken at Tairua and Waihi Beach in the Coromandel in 2007. The questionnaires asked community members about issues related to current and future coastal management for the local area. Many similarities were seen between the Tairua and Waihi questionnaire samples, both in terms of values and preferences for future management of the coastline. The values held in the highest regard by participants included appearance of the beach and dunes; easy access on to the beach; retaining some undeveloped natural beaches around the coast; retaining some undeveloped, natural headlands around the coast; protection of scenic values when looking out toward the sea; and the involvement of local people in decision-making about the coast. Participants also appeared to have a reasonable understanding of coastal processes and their implications for coastal management. Strong support was seen for more natural methods of management such as the use of dune buffer zones both in the short and long term, and there was also support for management approaches such as managed retreat and beach nourishment. (auth)