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.

Kaikōura Biodiversity Contestable Fund

Kaikōura District Council wants to support people who wish to carry out projects that have a direct benefit to our local indigenous biodiversity.

The purpose of this fund is to support landowners and communities to protect, manage and enhance indigenous biodiversity across Kaikōura. 

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. Read the strategy here.

A dawn blessing was held in Nelson on 28 June 2019 to launch the Alliance. You can view the strategy launch video here.

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