When people think of Auckland and diversity they may have in mind the colourful denizens of K-Road rather than the wildlife that flourishes between the buildings and roads of our largest city. But the Council’s plans and its Indigenous Biodiversity Strategy include a renewed focus on keeping the city green and connecting it with the countryside around it.
Probably one of the most visible aspects of this will be moves to protect trees and other vegetation deemed important for the health of the city’s streets and parks, in stark contrast to government measures to remove this kind of protection nationwide. There will also be a commitment to use the least toxic and volatile sprays for weed control and increased restriction on the unnecessary use of vehicles on the region’s beaches. Conservation Zones will also be identified with specific measures to restrict development and enhance the local ecology as well as Rural Conservation Zones with similar regulations that would cover areas such as the Waitakere Ranges.