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Auckland Council The Auckland Plan

Environment and Cultural Heritage progress

We know we have achieved this outcome when Aucklanders preserve, protect and care for the natural environment as our shared cultural heritage, for its intrinsic value and for the benefit of present and future generations.

Annual scorecard

Scorecard measures

The annual scorecard tracks progress against this outcome through the following measures:

Measure 1: Treasuring and stewardship of the natural environment and cultural heritage

Measure 2: Active management of priority native habitats

Measure 3: Active management of threatened native plants and animals

Measure 4: Marine and freshwater quality

Measure 5: Air quality and greenhouse gas emissions

Measure 6: Statutory protection of environment and cultural heritage

2021 annual scorecard

The 2021 annual scorecard is the first monitoring report since the adoption of new measures for this outcome. At this stage, many of these measures do not have enough data to report on their trends.

Water quality measures are unchanged compared to their baselines.

Air quality sub measures (fine particulate matter and NO2 levels) have generally improved, although greenhouse gas emissions are higher than the 2018 baseline.

Recent changes to the Unitary Plan have increased the number of scheduled sites and places of significance to mana whenua.

Note: Auckland’s next five yearly State of the Environment Report  provides an integrated overview of data and trends across all environmental domains. Work to adopt more fit for purpose measures has recently been concluded and these will be reported in the 2021 Annual Monitoring Report.

Three yearly progress report

The Three Yearly Progress Report provides a more detailed analysis of trends for this outcome, drawing on a range of other reports and data sets.

The 2020 Three Yearly progress report indicates that we have made positive progress with our beach water quality, domestic waste, the number of community groups active in environmental restoration initiatives and public awareness, and our understanding and appreciation for Auckland’s cultural heritage. The pattern of consented activity within the existing urban area has also continued to largely follow the quality compact approach.

The report identified some opportunities for greater progress that are important to the future of this outcome:

  • Transitioning to sustainable urban planning and development approaches.
  • Building resilience of our environment, species, cultural heritage and infrastructure to climate change impacts.

A full discussion of these findings can be found in the Environmental and Cultural Heritage chapter of the Three Yearly Progress report.

Note: The Three Yearly Progress report does not capture the impacts of COVID-19. For the most recent data available for Auckland (for example on the economic impacts of COVID-19) go to Auckland Council's Research and Evaluation Unit website in the ‘new on Knowledge Auckland’ section.

​Measure 1: Treasuring and stewardship of the natural environment and cultural heritage

​Measure 2: Active management of priority native habitats

​Measure 3: Active management of threatened native plants and animals

​Measure 4: Marine and freshwater quality

​Measure 5: Air quality and greenhouse gas emissions

​Measure 6: Statutory protection of environment and cultural heritage