The Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Act 2008
The act recognises the national, regional and local significance of the Waitākere 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 Whātua.
Learn more about the
Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Act 2008.
The Waitākere Ranges Regional Park
The act recognises the importance of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park as an accessible public place with significant natural, historical, cultural and recreational resources.
The park covers around 60 per cent of the heritage area.
The act also requires the adoption of a management plan.
Regional Parks Management Plan 2022 (PDF 9.6MB) fulfils this requirement.
Heritage features of the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area
The heritage features of the Waitākere 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, the progress made towards achieving the objectives of the act, and the funding implications of the activities undertaken to achieve these objectives. This is a statutory requirement.
The most recent monitoring report, the State of the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area 2018, was released in May 2018 and covers the period from 2013 to the end of 2017.
The Environment and Community Committee approved the State of the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area 2018 monitoring report on 8 May 2018.
Due to the size of the report, it has been split into nine separate documents.
A summary of the monitoring report's overall findings is also available.