The map explained
The map uses colours and letters to show the timeline for Shoreline Adaptation Plans by area.
Yellow - in areas W and H, SAPs were approved for:
Dark blue - in area E, a 'mini'-SAP in Waitematā Harbour West was approved for:
Yellow - in areas I and K, SAPs were approved for:
Green - in areas J, P and Q, consultations are closed and SAPS are under review for:
- Pahurehure Inlet
- Manukau East
- Manukau North.
The final reports for these SAPs will be available in late 2023.
September 2023-February 2024
Light blue - in areas L, F and G, we are planning SAPs for:
- Whatipu to South Head
- Bucklands Beach to Pine Harbour
- Tāmaki River Inlet.
Orange - in areas B, C and M, we are planning SAPs for:
- Kaipara Harbour
- Mangawhai to Leigh
- Leigh to Algies Bay
- Martins Bay to Silverdale.
June 2024-June 2025
Dark blue - in areas D,E,R,S,O and N, we are planning SAPs for:
- Silverdale to Devonport
- Waitematā Harbour West
- Auckland Central
- Ōrakei to Karaka Bay Beach
- Hauraki Gulf islands
- Aotea Great Barrier Island.
Shoreline adaptation plans under review
SAP consultations closed on 7 August 2023 for:
- Pahurehure Inlet
- Manukau North
- Manukau East.
These SAPs are currently under review.
Stages of the Shoreline Adaptation Plan process
Each SAP includes ongoing consultation with local iwi and several months of local community engagement. This helps us to understand how communities use and value coastal areas.
Each SAP follows a process that includes:
- local iwi review and approval
- community engagement through public presentations and consultations
- strategy development based on research and feedback from local iwi, infrastructure providers, Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) and community values
- draft and review
- endorsement by the local board and Governing Body
Shoreline Adaptation Plan strategies
Each SAP applies four strategies to guide decisions around managing council-owned assets and land in its area:
No active intervention: Let nature take its course without intervention.
Hold the line: Defending council-owned assets and land from erosion and flooding, and preserving these areas (like walkways and sports fields) for their intended uses. We can do this by taking protective measures like building sea walls and planting dunes.
Limited interventions: Allowing for some maintenance to existing coastal defences, and ensuring we keep assets safe while accepting that processes like wind, waves and storms will change the position of the coastline over time. This strategy also identifies that some assets or uses (like footpaths, sports fields and carparks) may need to be moved to manage potential risks.
Managed realignment: Planning for changes to the coastline and managing risks by moving assets, uses and infrastructure away from the coast and hazard-prone areas.
Watch the Introduction to Shoreline Adaptation Plans video
full transcript of this video.
Coastal Management Framework
SAPs are key to implementing the 2017 Coastal Management Framework and
Te Tāuke-a-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan to help prepare Auckland and its coastal areas for ongoing environmental challenges.
Get a copy of the Coastal Management Framework