The Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Act 2008
The act recognises the national, regional and local significance of the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area and promotes the protection and enhancement of its heritage features for present and future generations.
The act responds to concerns about the effects of development within the area and aims to preserve the unique natural character and cultural heritage of the area.
The act recognises that people live and work within the heritage area in distinct communities, and enables them to provide for their social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being.
The heritage area is of particular cultural significance to Te Kawerau ā Maki and Ngāti Whatua.
Learn more about the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Act 2008.
Heritage features of the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area
The heritage features of the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area include:
- landscapes and landforms
- the subservience of the built environment to the area's natural and rural landscape
- the past and present human culture of the heritage area
- opportunities for wilderness experiences and recreation
- the regional park
- the water catchment and supply system.
Our role in protecting the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area
We have a statutory responsibility to contribute to the management and stewardship of the heritage area.
We share this responsibility across many of our departments. It involves a range of activities including:
- local and regional parks
- community facilities.
Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) such as Auckland Transport and Watercare also have roles and responsibilities managing their assets within the heritage area.
Governance is shared between the councillors and local boards. The heritage area spans three local board areas, with the majority of the area located within the Waitākere Ranges Local Board boundaries.
Monitoring reports for the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area
We produce a monitoring report every five years on the state of the heritage area's environment and progress towards achieving the objectives of the act. This is a statutory requirement.
The monitoring report also provides information on the funding implications of activities carried out.
The first monitoring report was released in 2013 and covers the period from April 2008 to March 2012: