Protect our natural environment 10 years later


Auckland’s unique natural surroundings make it a spectacular and special place to live with easy access to beaches, harbors, parks and the bush.

It is these places that contribute to our quality of life, our well-being and our spiritual identity; they’re something Aucklanders consistently see as the main thing they love about their area.

The merger of the boards inherited in 2010 allowed the merged organization to have a more holistic and integrated approach to the management of environmental issues and our taonga.

Decades of development have left us with great challenges; now, as a council with a unitary plan, a new regional pest management plan and more regional strategies, we are in a better position than ever to effectively manage places and species of regional importance.

Environment and Climate Change Councilor Richard Hills saw the benefits of a region-wide approach.

“Over the ten years of Auckland Council, I have seen record investments in our environment. Whether it’s lighting our streams, planting in our parks, fighting pests, or building boardwalks and new walkways to protect our kauri, the people of Auckland can see that the investment makes a difference.

“With overwhelming community support for targeted rates, they have enabled us to massively scale up regional projects to protect our environment from kauri pests and dieback, as well as speed up the cleanup of our beaches, harbors and waterways. navigable. The programs that were originally supposed to last 30 years have been reduced to 10. This is huge.

“Taking the example of mana whenua as kaitiaki, we can continue to work locally and regionally, with community groups and individuals to reverse environmental damage and restore Tāmaki Makaurau’s whenua mauri. We still have some way to go and only by working together can we do it. “

Ways in which the merger has helped to improve the health of the environment:

  • Introduction of a pest-free Auckland 2050 vision aligned with the national ‘Predator Free 2050’ initiative and recognizing the role of mana whenua as Tāmaki Makaurau’s kaitiaki with their intrinsic link between the natural environment and cultural well-being
  • establishment of a regional approach to research, response and management of kauri dieback
  • significant increase in our support for community-led conservation with more equitable investments across the region and at the local level through local councils
  • Community support secured in 2018, for a targeted regional rate of $ 311 million for the natural environment to help manage threats to regional biodiversity such as pests, pests and pathogens that threaten our species and native ecosystems
  • introduction of a new and improved regional pest control plan in which more than 400 harmful plants, animals and pathogens are managed to protect the biodiversity of the region
  • better protection of our parasite-free Hauraki Gulf islands by increasing the team of parasite detection dogs from two to eleven
  • introduction of the Mayoral Conservation Awards and “Pestival” events to celebrate and recognize community action at the regional level
  • leverage our size and purchasing power to enable cost-effective delivery
  • the launch of the Tiaki Tāmaki Makaurau conservation website to facilitate access to resources and knowledge to enable communities to take conservation action.

The success of the council investment and community partnership can be experienced in the open sanctuaries of Tāwharanui and Shakespear where kiwi, tīeke / saddleback, hihi, takahē and kōkopu have all been welcomed back to the mainland. The kōkako management program in the Hunua Ranges increased the number of birds from 20 in 1994 to around 250 in 2019, while the number of tūturiwhatu / NZ dotterels and native bats in the region is increasing. .

Community programs encouraging city dwellers to undertake pest management and plant native trees have seen an increase in the number of native birds returning to urban backyards with reports of kaka, kererū and korimako / bellbirds enjoying residential gardens .

But Auckland’s environment still faces a wide range of challenges; It is important that we push and accelerate the protection of our native assets for all Aucklanders and for future generations.


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