In 2007 Oakura, Fitzroy and East End beaches became the first Blue Flag accredited beaches in Oceania. This international standard for environmental sustainability, monitoring and education is great news for attracting eco-travellers, as well as confirming the beaches’ quality for locals.
You can get involved in the beaches’ environmental management by taking part in events during the year, such as Seaweek, beach clean-ups and dune plantings.
The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development at beaches and marinas through strict criteria dealing with environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, and safety and other services.
To become Blue Flag accredited the beaches are required to meet four main criteria as set by the international organisation Foundation for Environmental Education.
There are several requirements for displaying information about environmental management and providing opportunities for participating in environmental activities.
Each Blue Flag beach has an information board at an entrance to the beach with all the relevant information displayed.
Many of our local and regional partners provide environmental education activities which are related to the Blue Flag programme. A big thank you to our partners for their involvement and association in the Blue Flag programme.
Some environmental education activities offered include:
All events will be advertised on the Blue Flag information boards at the beaches.
The bathing water quality standard must be excellent. Taranaki Regional Council undertakes water sampling throughout the year and the results are used to determine the water quality for the Blue Flag accreditation. Blue Flag coastal limit values(Note, Blue Flag limits differ from the Ministry for Environment guidelines.)
The readings below are measured in colony forming units (cfu/100ml).
More information on water testing can be found on the TRC website. The Taranaki District Health Board monitors recreational water quality throughout the summer to ensure it is safe recreational activities. For more information on this visit the TDHB website.
Each beach must have a beach management committee that coordinates environmental efforts.
Oakura, Fitzroy and East End beaches have established community and stakeholder-based beach management committees. The members of the committees are drawn from community board members, surf lifesaving and boardriders’ clubs, New Plymouth district and Taranaki regional councils, local schools, Department of Conservation and the Taranaki District Health Board.
Key roles of the committees are to:
Keep an eye on this website and on the Blue Flag information boards for any activities organised by these committees.
There are several requirements for ensuring safety and providing services at the beach.
The Surf Life Saving Clubs patrol the beach areas throughout summer. The beaches are only patrolled when the red and yellow flags are flying - for your safety, always swim between the flags.
For more information visit the Surf Life Saving New Zealand website.
The beaches have all the required services including toilet facilities, potable drinking water and safe access to the beach.