Our Environment

Waiheke Island is a community with a keen awareness of its global footprint.

With consideration of the importance of environmental sustainability – Onetangi Beach Apartments have committed to achieve environmental and social sustainability practices for Waiheke Island, our beaches, wildlife and our ocean.

We are committed to continually improve the environmental and social sustainability performance of our operation and comply with all relevant legislation and regulations.

We commit to our responsibility to ensure ongoing environmental performance, identification of environmental risks, and implementing environmental and social sustainability measures.

How you can help?

Protecting the Sand Dunes
Sand dunes are vital to the survival of beaches and protect homes and habitats further inshore from salt spray and sand. Beaches, with their associated sand banks and sand dunes, are coastal shock absorbers, diffusing the impact of ocean waves. The sand dunes are part of the natural cycle of shore protection and the plants and animals that live on them contribute to this dynamic process.

Threats to the sand dunes

  • Development occurring within the dunes
  • Introduction of exotic plants and weeds that invade and displace natives pests, like rabbits and possums, eating native dune grasses
  • Vehicles, motorbikes or dune buggies
  • Foot traffic and ‘dune surfing’
  • Construction of seawalls and other structures that interfere with natural coastal processes.

How to prevent damage to the sand dunes?

  • Use the walkways down to the beach instead of walking over the dunes
  • Leave the Beach Litter Free by putting your rubbish in the bin
  • Keep your Vehicle off the beach to prevent damage to Dunes as well as nesting of Coastal birds
  • Have your dog on a leash when on the beach to keep them from running through the dunes and to stop the disturbance of the birds etc, follow the dog rules

 

Waiheke Forest and Bird Reserve and The Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand offers a looped track through Onetangi Reserve. This private scenic reserve which is open to the public has five entry and exit points, and consists of mature Pohutukawa, Taraire, Nikau palms, Rimu, Miro, Matai, groves of Kauri and grand viewing points.

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