Significant works have commenced at the North end of Omaha Beach to repair and future proof the 3 groyne network. This is a major logistical project, with rocks up to 5 ton each being transported from the quarry in Hokianga. The much larger sized rocks are expected to provide Omaha with significant protection for many years to come. With trucks only able to carry 2-3 rocks per trip, supply is definitely an issue. In addition, the main southern groyne is to have many of its larger (but not suitable (100kg-500kg) rocks removed, and replaced in turn on the 2 smaller northern groynes.
The project then has the issue of not disturbing the endangered shorebirds, nesting in the bird sanctuary. To minimise disruption, the project can only occur during the winter months, and movements up and down the beach must be far enough away from the bird sites, but also take into account tidal activity.
The area is currently off limits to pedestrian activity, although you can view progress from the outside the cordoned off area. Work is scheduled to be completed by August.