Aotea Harbour and Catchment Management Plan
Greater Aotea catchment
• 16,891ha of land
• 3033ha of harbour and 52km of coast
• 81% harbour exposed at low tide
• 243km of streams
• North Harbour
• Te Maari
• South Harbour
• 29% indigenous vegetation
• 0.8% wetlands
• 12% mānuka/kānuka
• 36% pasture
• 3% forestry
• 81% steep land
• 60% farming
We are beginning a two-year project to develop harbour and catchment management plans for Whāingaroa, Aotea and Kāwhia Harbours. We would like to hear your thoughts about it.
What are harbour and catchment plans?
Harbour and catchment management plans reflect a collective vision for our natural environment, and identify actions needed to get there, building on on our growing programme of catchment management works in these areas.
For Waikato Regional Council, it’s about the mountains to the sea – identifying issues that relate to our land, water and communities, and developing a grassroots approach to remedy them. We recognise the need to consider social, cultural, environmental and economic outcomes. Importantly, we like the work to be owned and driven by the community, for the community.
We have already developed plans for several harbour catchments in the Coromandel Peninsula. In those catchments, willow clearance along stream banks, riparian and forest fragment protection, wetland restoration, stream and flood management and coastal vegetation control are some of the works well underway. It’s now time to look at what we can collectively do to improve the health and wellbeing of our unique and special west coast harbour environments.
What is your part?
We will be talking to partners, agencies, iwi representatives, rural landowners and local communities to understand their concerns, aspirations and ideas for the harbours and their catchments.
If you have any questions, please telephone the West Coast Harbour Management Advisor Tracie Dean-Speirs 07 8590544 or email Tracie.Dean-Speirs@waikatoregion.govt.nz