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Shoreline adaptation plans

Shoreline adaptation plans help us prepare for the future of our coasts.

About shoreline adaptation plans

We need to plan for the future management of Auckland Council owned-land and assets on the coast. To do this we are developing a series of shoreline adaptation plans (SAP).

These plans will set out a sustainable, systems-based approach to the management of Auckland's shoreline over the next 100 years.

The plans aim to:

  • manage the impact of erosion and flooding on Auckland's diverse coastline
  • manage the impacts of rising sea levels due to climate change
  • identify risks to safety, coastal defences and surrounding infrastructure
  • set a long-term plan to manage our coastline.

How we are doing this

We will develop each SAP in partnership with mana whenua. We will also seek input from infrastructure providers, technical experts and communities.

Each plan includes three to four months of community engagement. This engagement will help us understand how the community uses and values the coast and how this will change due to impacts of coastal hazards and climate change.

Current and recent plans

Beachlands and East

Consultation on the shoreline adaptation plan for Beachlands and East has now closed.

Our team is currently analysing all of the feedback received and writing up the findings. These will be available in the shoreline adaptation plan report.

To learn more, see the Shoreline Adaptation Plan: Beachlands and East.

Manukau South and Āwhitu

The Manukau South and Āwhitu Shoreline Adaptation Plans were made available for consultation from July 2022.

Find out more about our plans and have your say.

Visit AK have your say to keep up-to-date on which shoreline adaption plan consultations are open.

Completed shoreline adaptation plans

Whangaparāoa Shoreline Adaptation Plan: Pilot 1

In 2021, we developed our first shoreline adaptation plan pilot (trial) for the Whangaparāoa Peninsula.

This report was approved by the Environment and Climate Change committee and is now available.

Get a copy of the report

Kahawairahi ki Whakatiwai / Beachlands and East Shoreline Adaptation Plan: Pilot 2

In August 2022, Franklin Local Board endorsed our second pilot shoreline adaptation plan for the Kahawairahi ki Whakatiwai / Beachlands and East coastline.

This plan was approved by the Planning, Environment and Parks Committee in March 2023 and is now available.

Get a copy of the report

​Wai Manawa / Little Shoal Bay: Mini Shoreline Adaptation Plan

This bay was chosen for a mini shoreline adaptation plan due to:
  •  its value to iwi and local communities 
  •  its exposure to coastal hazards.

The Wai Manawa / Little Shoal Bay Mini Shoreline Adaptation Plan was endorsed by the Kaipātiki Local Board in August 2022. It was approved by Environment and Climate Change Committee in September 2022.

Get a copy of the report

How we got this far

In 2017, we published the Coastal Management Framework for the Auckland region. The framework recommended the development of shoreline adaptation plans for Auckland's coast.

Get a copy of the Coastal Management Framework

More information

Email for further detail on this project.

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