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Auckland Council The Auckland Plan

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

Auckland is home to a number of diverse and unique natural 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, landscapes and sites of significance to Māori must be protected from the pressures of growth as well as other emerging threats and risks.

These sites and landscapes include the:

  • extensive archaeological landscapes of Āwhitu Peninsula
  • the Tūpuna Maunga and other Auckland Isthmus volcanic cones
  • Ōtuataua stone fields
  • Franklin volcanic fields. 

Map published 5 June 2018

Find out more about the data represented on this map.

Auckland Plan 2050 - Environment and Cultural Heritage outcome: Historic heritage map data (PDF 970KB)

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, cultural landscapes and sites of significance to Māori are also under pressure from development, either directly or from incompatible uses or activities close by.  The Tūpuna Maunga, in particular, are vulnerable to new development compromising people's enjoyment of them, and their long-term protection.

There needs to be greater awareness of, and more investment made into ensuring the long-term protection and integrity of our cultural heritage sites, cultural landscapes and sites of significance to Māori.

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

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