Learn more about how we can protect our precious flora and fauna.
Hawke’s Bay is home to some special biodiversity – rare and threatened species like the kākā, kiwi, kōkako, long-tailed bat, tree weta and kākā beak; indigenous beech and podocarp forests in the mountains and coastal swamps and estuaries.
‘Biological diversity’ is the variety of all life and the interactions between them. It is vital for humans because it’s how ecosystems function and provides the natural systems essential to life on earth. Pollination, shelter, carbon storage, filtration of water, nutrient cycling and soil formation are just some of these. Biodiversity includes both indigenous and introduced species, and the Regional Council has a particular interest in indigenous biodiversity.
The Regional Council’s role in Biodiversity includes:
In the past, rules managing terrestrial biodiversity were mainly the role of city and district councils through district plans and managing reserves. Most district plans identify Significant Natural Areas and control vegetation clearance. More recently, the Environment Court has confirmed that regional councils have the responsibility to protect the habitat of marine fish species, but not their harvesting.
The new National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPS-IB) is earmarked for release by the Government in 2022, following widespread consultation on a draft NPS-IB and discussion document in 2020. Broader regional council involvement in biodiversityis envisaged, but details won’t be clear until the NPS-IB is finalised.
Our science has identified the following issues in our region:
Through Kotahi we will need to meet any requirements introduced when the NPS-IB is finalised. A draft is expected from the Ministry for the Environment in 2022.
The following infographic displays what the community has told us about this catchment in our first round of engagement. For more information read the full Kotahi Community Engagement Report here.
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