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Auckland Council The Auckland Plan

Focus area 4: Protect Auckland’s significant environments and cultural heritage from further loss

Auckland is home to a number of diverse and unique environments that are significant both in New Zealand and internationally.

​Our marine environments, for example, provide unique habitats for species and places for Aucklanders to enjoy.  Find out more about protecting Auckland's marine environments.

Many of these environments are threatened by how they are currently treated and, unless we actively protect them, are likely to decline further as Auckland's population grows.

Unique cultural sites must be protected from the pressures of growth as well as other emerging threats and risks.

These sites include the:

  • extensive archaeological landscapes of Āwhitu Peninsula
  • Auckland Isthmus volcanic cones
  • Ōtuataua stone fields
  • Franklin volcanic fields. 

How this can be done

Corridors such as the North-West Wildlink create safe, connected and healthy habitats for native wildlife.

They must be recognised for their important role in providing interlinked spaces across Auckland where wildlife can breed safely and move between conservation hotspots. More links like this can be created.

Auckland's network of public spaces and parks also support conservation of habitats and species, while providing recreational and tourism opportunities.

As Auckland grows, additional pressure will be put on these spaces, and additional spaces will be needed.

Some of Auckland's cultural heritage sites are also under pressure from development, either directly or from incompatible uses or activities close by.

There needs to be greater awareness of this, and more investment made into ensuring their long-term protection and integrity.

We must also take care to safeguard against loss of habitat and sites of cultural heritage in areas that are currently flourishing and protected.