A West Coast community that's facing a massive bill to stop erosion, is taking matters into its own hands.
It's estimated it could cost more than $2 million to build a sea wall at Carters Beach to protect the domain and community hall from the sea.
But locals plan to shore up a stretch of the coastline by building a sand bank and using their own labour, estimating it will cost closer to $15,000.
Jamie Cleine, the mayor of the Buller District Council, is praising their efforts and agrees that a sand bank will address the immediate issue.
He said the council will help where it can.
Mr Cleine said Carters Beach residents have always been community-minded and have looked after the reserve for many years.
He said the main problem for the West Coast is damaging, freak weather events.