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The mayor's initiatives to protect our environment

Addressing climate change

Climate change is one of the most urgent challenges facing Auckland.

Find out more about the mayor’s priorities for tackling climate change.

Natural assets to sustain and protect

We have a beautiful natural environment, framed by our spectacular coastline, harbours, our maunga, islands and regional parks.

These are assets that must be sustained and protected for generations to come.

Million and a Half Trees programme

Over the 2016-2019 term, my Million Trees urban forestation programme exceeded its goal to plant 1 million native trees and shrubs across Auckland, with a total of around 1.07 million trees planted.

In the current term, a further 1.5 million native trees and plants will be planted throughout Auckland.

Auckland Council staff will work with local boards, the private sector, schools, nurseries, community groups and volunteers to deliver this programme, which will:

  • green our city
  • offset carbon emissions
  • protect our water quality by planting along rivers and coastlines
  • improve our living environment.

Improving water quality and cleaning up our beaches, harbours and streams

I’m committed to cleaning up our beaches and stopping wastewater overflows into our harbours. I want to leave our children and grandchildren a cleaner environment.

Our Water Quality Targeted Rate will enable investment over 10 years in projects that will ensure cleaner beaches, streams and harbours.

Projects such as the $1.2 billion Central Interceptor will separate stormwater from wastewater and stop wastewater overflows.

Protecting our natural environment

We only have one environment, so we need to look after it. My priorities include:

  • protecting our native kauri from kauri dieback disease
  • eradicating introduced pests to protect our native plant and animal species and threatened ecosystems
  • restoring native bush.

Our Natural Environment Targeted Rate will enable investment over 10 years to help protect our natural environment and tackle the pests, weeds and diseases threatening our native species.

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