SNA Working Group To Re-start Early 2019

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Work to help protect and manage Kaikōura's environment will take a step forward in early 2019 with the re-establishment of the Significant Natural Areas Working Group (SNAWG) in January. 

The working group will help guide the Significant Natural Area Programme (SNA) in Kaikōura. This includes working with landowners throughout the district to manage and protect significant areas of biodiversity on their properties. The SNAWG will also provide advice to Council on policies and implementation methods for the SNA programme.

The goal is to improve native habitats and help build the districts biodiversity. 

Council Biodiversity Officer Kate Hunt said, "we're really excited about re-starting the working group and being able to progress the programme. Landowners will be a key part of this. They'll be able to provide valuable insight and opinion for the programme."

"Kaikōura is home to many special plants, birds and landscapes. This unique biodiversity helps keep our air clear, our water clean, and provide food, education, medicine and recreation for our local residents and visitors. Protecting and enhancing our biodiversity is not just a job, it's a critical part of making sure our community both now and in the future is able to live in and enjoy this beautiful place." 

Council is proud to be working with our community to protect our wildlife and land and make sure our district’s environment has a sustainable future through projects such as the Significant Natural Areas Programme (SNA). 

If you are considering protecting a significant natural area on your land or would like more information, contact Kate Hunt ((03) 319 5026 extension 211).   


SNA Working Group

Members will include 2-3 SNA landowners, Federated Farmers, Department of Conservation, Environment Canterbury, the Ministry for the Environment, Councillors and Council staff.

The combined experience and knowledge of the members of the SNAWG will help support the re-start the SNA Programme and ensure its long term success.

The previous SNAWG was active between 2005 and 2011. The decision to restart the group followed consultation with Tasman and Marlborough District Councils on how to best move this work forwards.


Want to get involved?

In January, Council will be seeking 2-3 SNA landowners to join the SNAWG.

As with most working groups, commitment to the SNAWG will be voluntary. Meetings will be held monthly initially and once the progress of the group is scoped, it may decrease in frequency.

Council will call for expressions of interest through our Facebook, Email newsletter and the Kaikōura Star. 

Learn more or register your interest by contacting Kate Hunt ((03) 319 5026 extension 211).   



Kaikōura District has numerous public reserves and protected conservation areas, the largest of which is the Seaward Kaikōura Ranges. A Council study to identify all significant natural areas on private land has so far identified 155 sites. 

Under Section 6(c) of the Resource Management Act 1991, Council has a responsibility to recognize and provide for the protection of areas of “significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna” as a matter of national importance.

The District Plan also details policies and implementation methods for the SNA Programme.

The District Plan is currently being reviewed. Part of the review is expected to help confirm direction and set community expectation around the SNA Programme. 

Read more about the District Plan review here.


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06 December 2018