A healthy natural environment with thriving native species is possible.
Tāmaki Makaurau’s natural environment is taonga. It provides numerous benefits to the health and wellbeing of people and society.
Ecosystems like forests and wetlands sequester carbon, reduce erosion and flooding, improve air and water quality, and protect us from extreme temperatures.
Mātauranga Māori has a deep, reciprocal relationship between tangata (people) and the natural world. Kaitiakitanga is centered on a symbiotic whakapapa relationship with the natural environment and the responsibilities of maintaining a natural balance for tupuna, atua and mokopuna, and our most vulnerable in society.
Aligning our behaviours today with our values and goals for tomorrow will help to ensure we have a flourishing natural environment. The way we treat and protect our beaches, harbours, bush, streams and maunga now will impact Aucklanders and precious indigenous species for generations to come.
Below are some of the key ways we’re working to regenerate, replenish, restore and protect our natural environment:
Mayor Phil Goff’s priority to plant 1.5 million trees across the region by 2022
Increase tree canopy cover to 30% across Auckland's urban area and ensure no local board area has less than 15% canopy coverage, targeting efforts to grow urban ngahere in areas where it is most scarce
Implementing our Regional Pest Management Plan 2020-2030, empowering Aucklanders at home, and seeking to eradicate all pests by 2050
Prioritising marine biosecurity
Recommending investing 13.3 million to grow our ngahere in our regional parks and road corridors; build capacity of marae and community nurseries; and improve our understanding of council’s planting survival rates and how our urban canopy is changing
Introducing pilot research programmes to greater understand the changing science of our natural environment.
Te wāhi ki a koe
Playing your part
Responding to the water-related impacts of climate change
With the recent drought still fresh in our minds, it may be hard to envisage the Auckland region being impacted by too much water events; but with the anticipated impacts of climate change, that’s a very real risk that we are preparing for.
Latest step towards a greener Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland
Eke Panuku has taken its next step in the fight against climate change, with the release of its new Climate Change Strategy: Te Rautaki mō te Huringa o te Āhuarangi.
Ngā whāinga mātāmua e waru
The eight priority areas
Built Environment - Taiao hanga
Planning lower carbon urban spaces, infrastructure and buildings.
Te Puāwaitanga ō te Tātai
Ensuring Māori communities are resilient, self-sustaining and prosperous.
Communities and Coast - Ngā hapori me te tahatai
Preparing our people for our changing climate and coastline in an equitable way.