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Wetland ecosystems

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​What are wetlands?

Wetlands are areas of land on the margins of streams and lakes, and in estuaries or damp places where water collects.

Our wetlands are under threat

Wetlands in New Zealand are facing a threat.

More than 97 per cent of Auckland wetlands have been destroyed through drainage and land development.

Why wetlands are important

Wetlands support plants and animals specially adapted to living in wet conditions.

Many of New Zealand's wetland plants and animals are not found anywhere else in the world.

To learn more, including where you can discover Auckland's wetlands, see our brochure:

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