Coastcare Waikato is a community programme that aims to protect and restore coastal environments throughout the Waikato Region. It is a collaborative programme supported by Waikato Regional Council, Waikato District Council, Hauraki District Council, Thames-Coromandel District Council and Department of Conservation. Together these organisations work with coastal community groups, iwi and landowners to help them restore beaches, coastal wetlands and coastal forests. Our key focuses for these areas are their biodiversity, ecosystem services, natural character, amenity and natural hazard mitigation values. Coastcare groups around the Waikato region help protect our coastlines by: planting and protecting native dune, wetland and coastal forest plants, building access ways, so people can get to and from beaches more easily, while still protecting coastal plants, installing signs to keep people informed about what they are doing, controlling pest plants in dune areas, and monitoring beaches for changes or problems that may need their attention.