Site ecology and habitats Print

Design Outcome


Desi​gn Checklist

  1. ​​​​​​The design and layout of the building protects and enhances the rich ecology and habitat of the natural environment, particularly related to Māori cultural values.
​​Part of the unique appeal of urban Auckland is its highly valued views of the natural environment and its wide variety of native and exotic species. Urban development will bring change, but this change should not lead to a permanent loss of ecosystems or habitat.

Better Design Practice

Avoid building on important habitat areas. The building location should be used to help protect these.

Protect and use existing mature trees or bush, particularly natives, as features for the development. This is an effective way of integrating the new development into its existing environment.

Improve the ecology and habitat of the site by integrating this into the development. This could include:

  • ​Riparian and other planting, including street trees.
  • Treatment of land that has been contaminated. ​
  • Reducing stormwater amounts and improving stormwater quality.
  • Changing exotic plant cover to native plant cover which is eco- sourced if possible. ​
  • Pest and weed management.

As part of the site analysis, consider stormwater issues like flow paths, gullies, streams, floodplains and the position of the site in the wider stormwater catchment. 

Provide biodiversity links and connect green areas across urban Auckland, on both public and private land.

Engage mana whenua at the beginning of the project to help advise how to appropriately respond to Whakapapa, Taiao and Mauri Tu.

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