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To: Auckland Council

Save Pakiri Beach From Sand Mining

Save Pakiri Beach From Sand Mining

Please do NOT renew any of the existing sand mining licences off shore at Pakiri Beach.

>> Make a Submission to Auckland Council

Information that you are free to copy and paste into the three boxes on page 3 of the Council’s online submission process.


Box 1; The specific parts of the application to which my submission relates to are;
The non complying activity and the form(s) of its exercise. Being the offshore, gross extraction of sand from, and disturbance to, the sea bed, using a (trailing) suction pipe, in the Pakiri embayment.

Box 2; The reasons for my submission are;
- causal offshore and onshore adverse environmental effects; to flora, fauna, sea bed, water quality & biodiversity
- the Pakiri embayment is in substance, a closed system for the effective replenishment of sand taken out of the system via dredging
- the sand system is in annual deficit from effective sand inputs minus total dredging extraction volumes
- the licencee has failed to fulfil, and breached, many of the key conditions of the licence and has exercised the licence in ways not envisaged in the grant of the licence
- there are alternative & sustainable sand supply sources
- a finite, precious resource as enjoyed by the greater public, is being depleted for private profit
- climate change effects have not been properly considered eg rising sea levels, which in themselves are a direct threat to the coast, which the dredging will further exacerbate
- offshore sand dredging is out of step with Regional and National directives and climate change protocols and commitments

Box 3; The decision I would like council to make is;
The ending of all dredging in the Pakiri Mangawhai embayment and the non renewal of any licence(s) or amendments thereto


Link to the Council submission page;

Why is this important?

Sand mined from Pakiri Beach is irreplaceable...

Yet it is the site of the largest single nearshore sand mining activity in the developed world.

No other developed country allows nearshore sand mining – we need your help to stop this madness and take back control of this precious resource, which sustains this beautiful coastline.

Sand miner McCallum Brothers (Clevedon Coast Oysters) are seeking to renew their consents to mine vast quantities of sand from the waters off Pakiri Beach and Mangawhai.

There are other sustainable sources of sand, but they insist on taking Pakiri’s when all of the other miners have moved to other areas with sustainable sand resources.

For this we urgently need your support - please sign and share the petition to say no now!

What is sand mining?

Sand mining involves extracting sand from the sea floor. Sand mining literally sucks the life out of our sea bed floor, destroying everything in its path and leaving 16km length of dust plumes in its place. With less sand making it onshore, it also causes erosion to dunes and foreshores.

How much is being taken?

The Dredging has been exercised by four vessels, sometimes operating all at once, working day and night and on public holidays. There are hundreds of dredges per annum. As a sign of their plans a new dredger vessel has been delivered, of double the holding capacity.

This is the largest single nearshore dredging activity in the developed world, and these are amongst the largest offshore extraction volumes in the world.

It is astonishing to think that even though there are other sustainable sources of sand elsewhere, Pakiri Beach’s sand is mined.

Pakiri has paid its dues; it has replenished Auckland’s beaches and provided the raw material for much of Auckland’s development and has endured nearly 100 years of continuous extraction, the longest continuous industrial activity in NZ.

Pakiri Beach is a natural treasure. We must protect its glistening white sand, miraculous dunes, precious ecosystems and the rare species that make it their home. We must preserve it for generations to come.

Why is it so urgent we stop mining now?

- Our sea beds are eroding at rapid rates in the face of rapid sea rises; to remove more sand is reckless.

- There is a finite supply of Pakiri Beach’s sand and once it’s gone, it’s gone forever

- Pakiri Beach is home to the Fairy Tern, New Zealand's rarest bird of which there are only 40 left

- There are other non-erosionary sources of sand, so it’s not necessary to mine Pakiri Beach

- Sand mining creates dead zones, killing every living thing in the process on the sea bed

- The sea bed community is appreciated as ever more important.

- Dredging releases carbon stores ("blue carbon"); it is out of step with these times

- Science is revealing new effects; underwater noise pollution and sedimentation plume affects water quality

- The dredging is by NZ’s oldest marine reserve, with two new Auckland Reserves are at either end of the beach. Can there be a less appropriate place for dredging?

- Erosion to dunes is highly likely, the only question is timing

- Locals see changes already (to the mid and rear dunes); exotics are choking the former shifting sands

- Seeing what the McCallum’s have done to where they operate eg Karamuramu Island; what hope is there for Pakiri?

- NZ is going against the position of the rest of the World. In Norfolk, UK, a 2 million cubic meter sand dune is being created, to guard against future erosion. This is the minimum amount that they wish to extract from Pakiri. The position could not be more different.

- In a Year 13 UK geography curriculum text book, Pakiri sand mining is a Case Study of environmental mismanagement. NZ’s Green reputation is being diminished internationally by the dredging at Pakiri.

We now live in an era of environmental awareness. Single use plastics bags have been banned, we all now think about and mitigate our environmental impact in everything we do. So why in this environmental era, in Green NZ of all places, allow permits to mine sand, in an intensive, primitive way from precious beaches like Pakiri, when there are alternate sustainable sources?

We’re facing more flooding and erosion due to climate change, so sand mining is the last thing we should be doing.

Join us in saying 'no' to sand mining. Sign and share the petition and make a difference.

Let Auckland Council know Pakiri Beach needs to be protected! Make a submission now:

To learn more about Friends of Pakiri Beach and how you can support our cause please visit:

(Fairy Tern Photograph provided courtesy of Jason Moore)

Pakiri 0972, New Zealand

Maps © Stamen; Data © OSM and contributors, ODbL

Reasons for signing

  • To save the nice beaches of New Zealand!
  • This destroying of our coastline must be stopped.
  • NZ the only country in the world that still allows this


2020-02-06 14:35:30 +1300

1,000 signatures reached

2020-02-05 11:18:43 +1300

500 signatures reached

2020-01-27 15:04:04 +1300

100 signatures reached

2020-01-24 13:44:43 +1300

50 signatures reached

2020-01-22 17:10:43 +1300

25 signatures reached

2019-12-29 22:38:07 +1300

10 signatures reached