Protect and restore our environment

Our city is growing fast, especially in parts of East Auckland and we must make sure that this development does not come at the cost of the environment. With proper investment in infrastructure we can have clean beaches and waterways and eliminate flooding.

We have a responsibility to not only protect the environment, but also restore it. Passionate locals are volunteering to help, council needs to proactively support and engage with these individuals and groups.

  • Making every beach swimmable by investing heavily in water quality and stormwater infrastructure.

  • Reducing the impact of flooding by preparing our streets and infrastructure to cope with increased extreme weather events brought on by climate change.

  • Taking urgent action to slow down and, where possible prevent, further soil and cliff erosion to protect our coastline green spaces and properties.

  • Encourage and support community-led planting and pest free initiatives and ensure these are coordinated alongside council led programmes.

  • Reduce reliance on chemical spraying in parks through use of mechanical and other alternatives.

  • Protect our native wildlife by boosting support for biodiversity and pest control and actively engage with community groups and volunteers to build a wide network.

  • Ensure we see the end shoddy park maintenance by keeping the contractors honest and enforcing punishments agreed within contracts (e.g. fines).

  • Protect our parks from sell-offs, we need our green spaces even more as we grow.

  • Speed up investigations and tidy up of illegal dumping to ensure that perpetrators are dealt with and environment is cleaned up.

  • Ensure that Council recovers as much of the $1million a year spent cleaning up the 1300 tonnes of illegally dumped rubbish by recovering it from those responsible.

  • Providing better transparency on resource consent applications and providing more opportunities for locals to engage constructively before decisions are made.