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Te Rautaki Ngahere ā-Tāone o Tāmaki Makaurau

Auckland's Urban Ngahere (Forest) Strategy

We are taking a strategic approach to knowing, growing, and protecting our urban ngahere (forest).

What Auckland's Urban Ngahere (Forest) strategy does

The strategy recognises the social, environmental, economic, and cultural benefits of our urban ngahere (forest), and sets out a strategic approach to knowing, growing, and protecting it. 

The strategic framework

Auckland's urban ngahere strategic framework sets out:

  • a vision
  • three main objectives (Knowing, Growing and Protecting)
  • two key mechanisms for delivering these objectives (Engage and Manage)
  • nine supporting principles. 

The nine principles of Auckland's Urban Ngahere (Forest) Strategy

  • Right tree in the right place.
  • Preference for native species.
  • Ensure urban forest diversity.
  • Protect mature, healthy trees.
  • Create ecological corridors and connections.
  • Access for all residents.
  • Manage urban forest on public and private land.
  • Deploy regulatory and non-regulatory tools.
  • Manage the whole lifecycle of urban trees.

What success looks like

We will know we have been successful when we have: 

  • increased canopy cover to 30 per cent across Auckland's urban area, and at least 15 per cent in every local board area
  • enhanced the associated social, environmental, economic and cultural benefits
  • addressed the unequal distribution of canopy cover in urban Auckland
  • increased the network of green infrastructure on public land
  • improved links between green spaces by establishing ecological corridors
  • effectively engaged with landowners to support urban ngahere on private land
  • planted diverse tree and plant species on public land
  • shared knowledge of our urban ngahere
  • instilled a sense of pride in Aucklanders for their urban ngahere.

The implementation framework

We have outlined 18 high-level actions that are central to achieving the strategy's outcomes. 

In addition to these actions, collaboration, funding and partnerships, and area-specific implementation are all fundamental to the strategy's success. 


Get a copy of the strategy