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For several years, Horowhenua District Council (HDC) have been planting Kōwhangatara/Spinifex and Pingao in the dunes at Foxton Beach to aid stabilisation of the sand and thanks to a generous donation from Horizons Regional Council's (HRC) Pūtea Hapori Urupare Āhuarangi Community Response Fund, Wildlife Foxton Trust were able to successful grow 3000 Kōwhangatara/Spinifex plants. On July 1st 2023, with assistance from HDC in transporting plants to the dunes, nearly thirty people, including members of Manawatū Estuary Trust and a number of local and regional groups, plus representatives from both HRC and HDC participated in the planting of this important species for the protection of the dunes. An identical grant is now being put to good use growing another crop for planting out in the autumn pf 2024.
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