Waikato District Council has reviewed its Conservation and Esplanade Strategies and developed the Draft Taiao (Nature) in the Waikato Strategy for you to review and provide comments.

We hope it provides a long-term plan to achieve the Council's vision of creating and nurturing liveable, thriving, and connected communities whilst also helping maintain, protect and restore indigenous biodiversity throughout the district. It combines the Conservation and Esplanade Strategies with a focus on promoting conservation and Taiao in the Waikato. The approach of the Draft Taiao in the Waikato Strategy is to be more relevant and action orientated than the previous document.

This document will:

  • inform communities, iwi, hapū, businesses, government and neighbouring local authorities to help deliver a conservation vision, goals and actions.
  • build on the current protections set out under the Proposed District Plan with support and collaboration around Taiao.
  • guide council staff on Taiao's goals and objectives that should be prioritised within existing budgets and resourcing, as well as projects and activities that should be considered for funding through the development of the Council's Long Term Plans (LTPs).

The overall well-being of individuals is strongly influenced by the quality of the environments where we live, work, learn and play. At a local level, this Strategy helps give life to and implement the relevant initiatives identified by the district's various communities through Blueprints (review the Conservation Strategy and promote nature). The Draft Strategy has been developed through a steering group and input from key stakeholders.

For more information, download the draft strategy found in Document Library.