Coastal Management Timeline

This is a timeline of reports, groups and action plans over the past 20 years looking at how to better manage coastline around the Coromandel.

This is a timeline of reports, groups and action plans over the past 20 years looking at how to better manage coastline around the Coromandel.


January 2020: Coromandel Coast Summer Survey is launched to find out how our residents and visitors value and use the iconic Coromandel coast.

August 2019: Our Council hosts community information sessions, reaching out to glean stories and knowledge of our coastal environment to help inform our shoreline management plan project. 

2019: Our Council embarks on a milestone project to develop Shoreline Management Plans (SMPs). This is a three-year project to  define the flooding and erosion risks to people and the social, cultural, economic and natural environment across all parts of our coastline over the next century and beyond.

June 2018: Coastal Management Strategy adopted by our Council. You can read more about this here.

2018: In early 2018 our Council adopted the Government's revised climate change guidance based on forecasting assumptions the Ministry for the Environment published in December 2017 This means a potential sea level rise of up to 1.88m by 2150 will be taken into account for all major infrastructure projects adopted as part of our Council's 2018-2028 Long Term Plan. You can read more about this here.

2015 - 17. Coastal Erosion Plans and Programmes developed or revised for Mercury Bay, Tairua, Pauanui and Whangamata

May 2013 -2016. Coastal protection walls are built or extended in Whitianga and Cooks Beach. Go to our coastal management page for the details.

April 2013. Mercury Bay Community Board endorses the Draft Whitianga Coastal Action Plan.

Dec 2012. Draft Whitianga Coastal Action Plan goes out for public feedback.

Mid- 2012 Whitianga Coastal Action Steering Committee formed.Made up of Council staff, Regional Council staff, local iwi, community board members, affected property owners and ratepayers the Committee is working towards an action plan for short, medium and long-term work to find solutions for coastal erosion along Buffalo and Brophy's Beaches.

2011 (August):
Whitianga Coastal Futures Project: Joint project between Waikato Regional Council (Resources Use, Policy and Strategy and Information groups) and Thames-Coromandel District Council.

WRC report on community perceptions of coastal processes and management options for coastal erosion. Coromandel Peninsula case studies include Whangapoua and Tairua communities.

WRC report on Buffalo Beach Focus Groups.

WRC Regional Policy Statement review including managing coastal hazard risk. The review essentially builds on the research and policy development initiatives outlined above.

Our Council reviews and refines the high risk primary development setback using improved data and methodologies available.

Our Council adopted a policy framework for dealing with coastal protection structures on Council administered foreshore land embracing coastal living with natural erosion processes, rather than seeking to control them, but managing human activities accordingly.

WRC commissioned report: Managed Retreat from Coastal Hazards: Options for Implementation.

Beca coastal management reports for Cooks & Buffalo beaches commissioned by EW and our Council The reports analysed the current state of coastal science for each of the beach systems, examined a range of management options and recommended a preferred option for each of the beaches' hotspots.

Environment Waikato (EW) technical report: Coromandel Beaches: Coastal Hazards & Development Setback Recommendations and the 2002 summary: Coromandel Beaches report - which reviewed data to 1999 and included recommendations for managing coastal development including revised coastal set-backs and dune management.

Buffalo Beach Collaborative Committee established

Tonkin and Taylor 1988 Coastal Management strategy report published.

1991 to present:
Resource Management Act controls in regional & district planning instruments including the Regional Policy Statement, Regional Coastal Plan and the District Plan.

Early 1980s (1979-81):
Coastal setbacks developed for the Coromandel Peninsula by the Hauraki Catchment Board (HCB - a predecessor organisation to Waikato Regional Council) and used by our Council when assessing coastal development and beach-front building proposals.