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Auckland Council The Auckland Plan

Focus area 1: Encourage all Aucklanders to be stewards of the natural environment, and to make sustainable choices

Aucklanders interact with the natural environment each and every day.

​Early Māori expressed their culture and whakapapa in the natural environment.  This included the meaning and significance of cultural practices, physical landscapes and their wāhi tapu.

This continues with all people of New Zealand.

In our own ways we all value and enjoy the natural environment. We must therefore all engage in its protection and conservation and act as stewards of the natural environment. It also means we have to ensure our many interactions with the natural environment are sustainable.

As the impacts of climate change become clearer, this will become more and more important.

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Map published 5 June 2018 

How this can be done

This approach needs to be part of our daily decisions, whether we are acting as individuals or as businesses and industries. As our population grows, so does our shared responsibility to take care of the natural environment.

Our choices and behaviours have a direct impact on the natural environment, whether they are, for example:

  • the choices we make about the food and other products that we consume and use
  • how we travel to work or school
  • the products we use to construct and maintain our buildings
  • the way we manage manufacturing processes
  • how we deal with waste, by reusing or recycling resources
  • choosing to buy and use fewer non-recyclable products.

We all can, and must, shift from simply using and drawing on the natural environment to becoming active stewards of it.

Find out more about what you can do for the environment.

See how we'll minimise and manage our waste.

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