The St Clair poles are famous. People love them and they had a function. Not a wharf, they were a sand trap groyne built to raise up the beach. This iconic structure protected the Esplanade and sand dunes for 100 years. A repaired groyne will bring back the beach.
EARLIEST KNOWN PHOTOS
Starting ~1870. Sourced from archives at Te Papa, The Hocken, Toitu etc.
BEFORE & AFTER COMPARISONS
See for yourself the difference that groynes have made on the beach.
OTAGO DAILY TIMES ARTICLES
Read early articles published in the ODT discussing sandtrap effectiveness.
HISTORICAL ENGINEERS REPORTS
Read the actual reports from the day. Held at the Hocken Library.
PLANS & COSTINGS
View the original plans from 1919.
CURRENT EXPERT OPINIONS
What do the experts say?
“My name is Jules Radich. I am a Dunedin City Councillor with a science degree and a life of practical activity.
Ratepayers' money has been spent mostly on rocks and sandbags, meanwhile, the sand dunes are eroding and the Esplanade is pounded.
Repairing the St Clair poles back to an efficient groyne sandtrap, will be quick and inexpensive. We can measure the effect and make better decisions about what next.
Please sign the petition to show your support for the St Clair poles and help ensure that they are reinstated promptly."
— Jules Radich
© 2020 Authorised by Jules Radich, 8 Jones St, Dunedin.