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Published: 2003-12-22 00:00:00

Environment Waikato has granted $5000 to fence stock and feral goats out of a recently planted sand spit near Marokopa.

The Marokopa Reserve Trust has planted sand grasses, native trees and flaxes, mostly supplied by Environment Waikato, on the spit that protects Marokopa from the sea. The area, also a waahi tapu site, has been badly eroded by the wind and ocean and the group now wants to do additional plantings and fence the area.

About half the spit has been planted and the group hopes to fence off the entire area and plant the second half. Access for farms and the public will be maintained.

Strategic Development Manager Kevin Collins said the project built on work already supported by Environment Waikato. The need to care for delicate sand dunes and coast areas was an important Environment Waikato message and the Council should support communities that have taken action to protect those areas.

The Marakopa group has about 70 volunteers.