State of the Environment: Auckland
Auckland Council’s Dr Megan Carbines, RIMU Principal Scientist, says the findings are similar to the last synthesis report in 2015 and continue to show mixed results – along with a few promising signs.
The main changes the council has made since the last synthesis report in 2015 include introducing targeted rates to support more focused conservation and rehabilitation work, as well as setting policy frameworks for action:
- The Water Quality Targeted Rate and Natural Environment Targeted Rate were introduced in 2018;
- Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan was finalised in 2020;
- the Auckland Plan has been refreshed and the Auckland Unitary Plan has been made operative, both setting direction for how the council plans for and considers environmental outcomes.