When we had our Spinifex planting event a few weeks ago the folks from Horowhenua District Council said they wanted to try planting a few rows of spinifex between the Miratana track and the groyne.
That area is very exposed to the west, and of course, to the river and sea and has suffered severe erosion over the past few years.
The Council have now planted 3 rows of spinifex at the base of the eroded dunes.
This is a trial. If the plants get wiped out by storm conditions then it’s not too big a loss. If they manage to survive then HDC will plant more at a later date.
Spinifex has remarkable abilities to hold sand and build dunes. If the plants can reclaim this area that will be a big win.