Council's Environmental Programmes

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.

There are a number of Council led environmental programmes that are aimed to help our community members increase and protect our district's biodiversity.


Significant Natural Areas (SNA) Programme

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 possible 155 sites. 

Under Section 6(c) of the Resource Management Act 1991, Council has a responsibility to recognise and provide for the protection of areas of “significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna” as a matter of national importance. The SNA Project works with landowners to identify, protect and manage areas of significant biodiversity on their properties.

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

Kererū to Kaikōura Native Planting Project

Landowners can apply for funding to help to create large areas of native habitat on their land thanks to the Kererū to Kaikōura Native Planting Project.

The  project aims to create stepping stones for native birds from the mountains to the sea, creating a native habitat pathway to bring birds and other wildlife to Kaikōura. Landowners can now apply for funding to plant native plants in areas of 1000m2 or more in the Kaikōura Flats area, where there is little native cover left.

Applications are open now – get in touch for more information or to apply for funding.   

Download an application form.

Download the funding guidelines.

Contact Kate Hunt at Kaikōura District Council on (03) 319 5026 extension 211 or for more information.


Kaikōura is Platinum Certified under the Earthcheck Sustainable Communities programme.  EarthCheck is the world’s leading scientific benchmarking certification and advisory group for the travel and tourism industry. They work with governments, businesses and destinations to deliver clean, safe and prosperous destinations. Earthcheck was developed from the United Nations Environment Program and is based on Agenda 21. 

Our Environmental and Social Sustainability Policy outlines our commitments.

To see how we are performing, read our Benchmarking Report

Kotahitanga mō te Taiao Alliance

Kotahitanga mō te Taiao ("Collective action for the Environment") is an Alliance formed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), all of the Councils (including Kaikōura District Council) and many of the iwi across the top of the South Island.

It aims to achieve landscape-scale conservation projects with social, cultural and economic benefits.

The Alliance has spent 2018 co-designing a Strategy to direct and guide where and how to work to achieve the best conservation outcomes for the region.

2019 is the year to put our Strategy to work and get more projects going, so watch this space...

Sustainable Living Programme

Kaikōura is part of the Sustainable Living programme. The Sustainable Living programme is a practical, fun way to learn and use actions to reduce environmental impacts at home.

See how to make a healthier, drier and warmer home or how you can easily reduce your waste to landfill. Other topics to explore are: home food growing, water efficiency, avoiding toxic chemicals, smart food shopping and preserving tips, reducing your power bill, eco-building design or house renovation suggestions, lower-carbon transport options, and community resilience.

Find out more.

09 January 2019