Surfbreak Protection Society
Surfbreak Protection Society

Surfbreak Protection Society

Surfbreak Protection Society is a Society dedicated to the conservation of the "treasures" of the New Zealand Surfing Community - our surfbreaks - through the preservation of their natural characteristics, water quality, marine eco systems and low impact access for all. We strive to be Aotearoa's Kaitiaki "Guardians - Trustees" of our surfbreaks and the natural environments that compliment them.
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Surfbreak legal protection and planning

New Zealand is recognised as the first country in the world to incorporate surfbreak preservation concepts within its legal and planning framework. The intention of this page is to discuss and link all available literature to do with surfbreaks in …

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  • Dec 19, 2014

    Wastewater discharges into Whangamata’s estuaries are nothing new, and it’s because of continual pressure from the likes of Paul Shanks, Clean Water Whangamata and other locals since 1997 that TCDC finally relented and upgraded the plant in 2009… But the toxic algae blooms remain, what’s more they give the appearance of managed events on Spring tides – either side of a holiday weekend but not during – and linked to rain events. Why are these blooms happening and why are both TCDC and WRC so coy and unwilling to investigate?

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  • Nov 22, 2014

    As of next month our monthly updates will resume on the 15th of every month, and we will be keeping you briefed on a number of issues that go to the core of Surfbreak Protection in New Zealand. SPS plan to cement the preservation of surfbreaks even further, we will release our strategy early in the new year, so stay logged in to our monthly updates and make sure your mates are too by signing up at the bottom of our homepage. – Whats coming up…

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  • Nov 21, 2014

    It has been nearly a year since SPS entered into Environment Court mediation to protect Aramoana and Whareakeake (murderers ) from dumping of dredge deposits by Port Otago Ltd (POL), and with the mutually agreed to adaptive management plan introduced, local surfers are reporting better than ever surfing wave quality!

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  • Nov 19, 2014

    SPS are optimistic that Napier City Council’s decision to put its consent application on hold while it reconsiders the project, will ultimately lead to the council dropping the idea of the breakwater option on City Reef for coastal property protection.

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  • Sep 15, 2014

    SPS’s 2014 Annual General meeting to be held at the New Plymouth Surf Riders Club Inc. Clubrooms at Fitzroy Seaside Park, Fitzroy Beach on the 8th of October between 6pm and 7:30

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  • Jun 23, 2014

    Surfbreak wishes to congratulate all the people and organisations that have opposed and protested Trans-Tasman Resources’ application for seabed mining, that was turned down by the Environmental Protection Agency last week. In particular Kiwis Against Seabed Mining has been a major player in keeping the issue of seabed mining a current one, mobilising communities and countering with strong legal arguments.

    This is a good example that, as a collective, standing up for what you believe in can have positive results!

    Info here: KASM in the news

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