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.

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.

29 April 2021