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Estuarine Vegetation Survey - Tairua Harbour

Report: TR 2008/52

Author: Meg Graeme, Natural Solutions – Marine and Terrestrial Ecologists Ltd


A 1997 pilot study of Whangamata, Wharekawa, and Otahu estuaries determined that it is feasible to map vascular estuarine vegetation from aerial photography together with field surveys.  The success of this work encouraged Environment Waikato to continue with this method.  The estuarine vegetation of Tairua, Coromandel, Te Kouma, Manaia, Whitianga Port Waikato, Raglan, Aotea, Kawhia harbours and the inner Firth of Thames have since been surveyed and mapped.   Of these harbours, Whangamata, Otahu, Wharekawa and Manaia have recently been re-surveyed to determine if there have been any changes in the vegetation communities over time.

The mapped vegetation is in the Coastal Marine Area (CMA) and includes the spatial cover of mangrove, seagrass, sea meadow, and saltmarsh communities.  The results of the estuarine surveys are included in Environment Waikato’s Global Information System (GIS) database, and are used for State of the Environment investigations and assessing consent applications that may affect estuarine vegetation.

This report details the results from a re-survey of estuarine vegetation in the Tairua Harbour (first surveyed in 1998). Comments are included on the threats to estuarine vegetation, and other field notes of interest.  This report is accompanied by digitised aerial maps of the survey site with vegetation community overlays. 

Estuarine Vegetation Survey - Tairua Harbour
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Table of contents

  Introduction 1
2 Methodology 1
2.1 Wetland vegetation classification 1
3 Field notes 2
3.1 Summary 2
3.2 Site descriptions 6
3.3 Birds 34
3.4 Threats 34
4 Discussion 35
4.1 Recommended action points and restoration projects 36
4.2 Notes on survey method 37
5 References 38
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