Te Rauone residents are banding together to raise $70,000
towards building a breakwater they hope will save their
Te Rauone beach has been eroding rapidly, with residents
estimating that over the past 60 years or so, about 150m had
been lost from the worst-affected spot. A portion of the Te
Rauone Reserve, on the Otago Peninsula, has crumbled into the
sea and residents with waterfront properties have taken to
stabilising their land bordering the beach with rocks and
Residents, the Dunedin City Council and Port Otago have been
discussing building a breakwater to protect the beach since
2011 but nothing has been done so far.
A resource consent application for the breakwater and sand
replenishment made by Port Otago and the residents' group Te
Rauone Beach Coast Care Committee was finalised in 2011. The
breakwater and beach restoration will cost $430,000. Port
Otago and the DCC have both promised money towards the
project, and Te Rauone residents have been asked to fund
Te Rauone Beach Coast Care Committee chairman Graeme Burns
said the beach was an amenity for Dunedin locals, iwi and
tourists. He wanted to see it restored so people could once
again walk along it at high tide, swim and enjoy marine
''Te Rauone was once the best beach in Dunedin. Now it is a
mudflat,'' Mr Burns said. Fundraising efforts had begun
around a month ago, following a community meeting about the
beach which had been attended by 30 people. Residents were
concerned there had been a lot of talk but no action and all
the while the beach was dropping away.
As a result of the meeting, the coast care committee had
undergone restructuring and set out to raise the remaining
money needed for the breakwater, Mr Burns said.
The committee hoped to raise most of the money through grants
and had sought expert advice on how to make successful
''We have to go through certain systems that we are finding
out about ourselves,'' he said.
He hoped the money would be raised by early 2015.
Any inquiries about the Te Rauone breakwater fundraising can
be made to Graeme Burns on 455-7473.