Pīkao or pīngao, Stewart Island
Pīkao or pīngao is a native sand-binding sedge that plays an important role in New Zealand's dune ecosystems.
Pīkao or pīngao is an important native coastal plant and has bothe conservation and cultural values. It stabilises vulnerable sandy areas along the coast and enhances biodiversity.
The major factors that have contributed to the decline of pīkao along New Zealand's beaches.
DOC is working in a variety of ways to re-establish pīkao on many parts of the coastline. This includes encouraging many other groups to get involved.
The ways in which individuals and community groups can contribute to the re-introduction of pīkao along our coastline.
This video takes you to Turakina Beach, one of the largest sand dune systems left in New Zealand. Find out why this area is nicknamed ‘the Gold Coast’ and learn about the native pingao plant.
Watch this video to learn about the important plants that live on our coastal beaches. Nic visits Stewart Island to find out which plants are the 'goodies' and the 'baddies'.
Explore the importance of sand dunes and the impact of losing them in this teaching resource. Find out about the largest coastal plant protection programme in the southern hemisphere.
Pīkao (or pīngao) the Golden Sand Sedge
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