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Published: 2001-12-21 00:00:00

Environment Waikato will be down on the beach at Whangamata in January to tell beach goers about how to look after the dunes – and have fun.

On January 8 and 9 staff will have a marquee set up on the reserve behind the Whangamata Surf Club all day, with posters and information about how dunes work, their fragile nature, why they are areas at risk and how people can help preserve their beach with a little care.

They will also have a tsunami wave ride attraction for families to try and the opportunity to win free rides just by filling in a survey about how people like to use Coromandel beaches.

Environment Waikato spokesman Peter Singleton says the Council wants to take the opportunity to talk to people who visit the beach for the summer about the importance of using access ways, preserving beach vegetation and raise awareness of how fragile dunes are.

There will be guided Beachcare walks at both Whangamata and Pauanui twice a day on January 8, 9 and 10 from the beach in front of the surf club or the Otahu Estuary car park. The walks begin at 8am and again at 5.30pm, and walkers can learn more about how beaches work, how sand grasses help keep sand on the dunes and other useful information.