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Active management of indigenous ecosystems (updated quarterly)

Te Tiaki i te taiao koiora taketake

Jun 2018

About this goal

This goal assesses how many indigenous ecosystems are under active management by the council.

Currently we manage 68 per cent of ecosystem zones as many sit within private land. Our Biodiversity team works closely with landowners to provide ways to help protect these areas and carry out quarterly reviews.

Importance of this goal

​Our goal ensures we have some examples of each ecosystem type and that their threats are managed.

How are we achieving this goal

To drive active management of our ecosystems we are doing the following:

  • undertaking weed and pest control in council parks and fencing out stock from native areas
  • providing advice, materials and grant funding to individual landowners and community groups
  • monitoring natural areas to ensure our management is effective.

Almorah rock forest

One of the key projects we've been working on is restoring one of Auckland's rarest ecosystems: Almorah rock forest.

Urbanisation, roading and quarrying have removed much of Auckland's lava rock forest, with only a few hectares remaining. The Albert-Eden Local Board and Auckland Council's Biodiversity team are working hard to protect this precious remnant of ancient New Zealand.

With the control of pest plants and animal pest numbers being maintained at low levels, native plants such as karaka, kohekohe and nīkau are starting to regenerate. These provide important habitats for city wildlife such as kererū, tūī, fantail and silvereye. Recently, a nationally threatened native fern was found on site during the team's plant survey work.

More information

For more information on the Almorah rock forest project, see the NZ Geographic website or contact Miranda and the team at

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