Beach Restoration Scheme
Throughout the country, during the late 1970s and early 80s, the Government paid for work schemes for the unemployed. At this time the New Plymouth section of the Salvation Army, began a community work scheme which experimented with developing methods of sand retention on New Plymouth beaches. Lead by Michael Smither and Graham Kirk, a work team, in an effort to trap the sand, built biodegradable structures on the beach using green waste and driftwood.
The collection consists of work diaries 1982-1984 and a photographic record of restoration work on New Plymouth foreshore. The earlier photos show changes on the beach between the Te Henui and Waiwakaiho Rivers, the later photos depict the effects of various forms in relation to sand retention and movement.
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Folder.Includes letters to Michael Smither from David Lean, Mayor of New Plymouth, K. N. Sampson, Town Clerk, United Y Job Creation Programme and City Associates re the Beach Restoration Project. Also copies of memos between Lean and Council Staff re the Beach Project. 1982 - 1984. A report on Foreshore Protection 1982 and hand drawn and coloured map showing the location of forms on the beach between the Te Henui and Waiwakaiho Rivers.
Photographs 1982 - 1984
A. Beach building methods. 110 colour and 13 black & white photos.
B. Beach planting. 61 colour and 2 blck & white photos.
C. Beach restoration scheme. 9 colour photographs.
D. Best Groyne shots Waiwakaiho River. 70 colour and 4 black & white photos.
E. Te Henui River Groyne. 37 colour photos.
F. Beach damage. 64 colour and 8 black & white photos.
G. Workers on the Beach Restoration Scheme. 8 colour slides, 24 colour and 1 black and white photos.
H. Storm water pipe Fitzroy. 22 colour photos and negatives plus 5 black & white photos.
I. Overall views of forms and beach. 15 colour and 2 black & white photos.
J. Tracks to beach. 21 colour and 12 black and white photos
K. Aerial photos of beaches. 36 colour and 4 black & white photos.
L.Fitzroy and East End beaches. 7 large-format colour and 42
black & white photos.
M. Assorted colour photos.
Photograph Album. Shapes 1 - 28 P.E.P.beach reclamation scheme. Record of sand build-uo over a two and a half month period from 1.10.1982 tp 16.12. 1982.
Photograph Album. Shapes 29 - 56.
1. Work diary. 14 June 1982 to 23 Dec. 1982 Daily entries by Graham Kirk with weather maps from the newspaper noting weather and beach conditions and work achieved by United Y Job Creation Programme workers.
2. Work diary. 1 Mar. 1983 to 29 Aug. 1983 Daily entries by Graham Kirk with weather maps from the newspaper noting weather and beach conditions and work achieved by United Y Job Creation Programme workers. Includes copy of the report New Plymouth Beach Restoration written by M. Smither 24 May 1983
3. Work diary. 19 July 1983 to 30 Mar. 1984. Daily entries by the team of workers employed on the Beach Restoration Scheme. A list of contributors inside front cover of diary. Includes weather maps from the newspaper, photographs and sketches of workers and sand forms.
4. Work diary. 25 Oct. 1983 to 12 Dec. 1983. Daily entries by Graham Kirk with weather maps from the newspaper noting beach and weather conditions.