Looking after our beaches
Kāpiti's beaches are our community's backyard, and we all benefit by keeping them beautiful.
You can help us by:
- not removing more sand, stones or driftwood than you can carry
- keeping out of the dune areas at all times
- using signposted beach accessways
- not allowing dogs to chase or harass wildlife
- respecting rāhui (harvesting restrictions).
The Waikanae Scientific Reserve includes the sandspit at the mouth of the Waikanae River; the reserve is controlled by the Department of Conservation under the Waikanae Scientific Reserve Bylaws 1994.
This is a vulnerable ecosystem year round. During July through to late January, banded and New Zealand dotterels nest and breed on the sandspit. These nests are hard to spot, easy to damage, and eggs and chicks are especially vulnerable.
Banded dotterels have a conservation status of Nationally Vulnerable, which means they are facing extinction in the medium term; we can all help to protect them.