In the 1990s, the Kaikoura Community realised that the growth in visitor numbers was beginning to have effects on the natural environment and on the local infrastructure, and together they decided to adopt a sustainable approach to growth in the district.
A programme, now known as Earthcheck was adopted to help measure the community’s environmental impacts.
Kaikoura is now part of the Sustainable Living programme. The Sustainable Living programme is a practical, fun way to learn and use actions to reduce your environmental impacts at home.
For free access to the learning materials, please go to the Sustainable Living Website www.sustainableliving.org.nz
Kaikoura measures a series of indicators to assess the Community’s impact on the environment. Careful monitoring, planning and the introduction of innovative strategies are used to reduce environmental impacts and pressure on resource use.
What you can do to help:
If you can spare an hour, a day, or part of a day for:
- Tree Planting
- Site Preparation
- Litter Quitters
Lorraine at Trees for Travellers
P: 319 7148
Rachel at Council
P: 319 5026
- Help us by recycling and buying products with reduced packaging
- Recycle while traveling
Commit to reducing energy and water use
- Reuse your towel and linen
- Switch off your lights and unused appliances
Fantastic No Plastic
Help us reduce waste and protect our marine environment by using Re-Usable Bags.
Say NO to a plastic shopping bag.
Respecting our natural environment
Help us by acting responsibly
- Do not leave litter of any sort
- Use the public toilets
- Find out about natural history
Public Place Recycling Bins
Help us by using the Love NZ Recycling Bins.
Trees for Travellers
Help us by buying a Tree, planting a Tree or Volunteering to help.
Walking and Cycling
Help us by hiring a bike or walking to explore our environment.
Respect our Coast
Follow fishing quotas and size limits.
Keep your distance from marine mammals and remember they are wild animals not pets.
Find out more about the Kaikoura Marine Management Area