Ocean Beach Domain Environmental History

The recent publication  in the Otago Daily Times of the events around the mining of the sand dunes at Ocean Beach Domain in the 1880’s was a very timely one in a national sense. The recent debate over the mining of protected areas and the significant protest held in Auckland reminds us that we have much to learn from the fables of history. At Ocean Beach the Crown irrevocably damaged the dunes and were made to look like amateur bunglers in the manner that they undertook the whole business. The driving force in the conflict was  economic development, which is same the issue that we face today.

Battle of the Sand Hills

St Clair early 1920's

St Clair early 1920’s