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Coastal Management


The management of Kāpiti’s stunning coastline is an understandably important issue for residents.

The Kāpiti Coast: Choosing Futures – Community Outcomes shows that the community wants a comprehensive, integrated approach to coastal management – rather than just protection – which treats the coast as an ecosystem to be managed as a whole.  

Therefore, a comprehensive Coastal Strategy looking at the coast in its entirety was developed in 2006.  This strategy is not a detailed plan of action but a guiding document which aims to ensure that our community's vision to restore and enhance the wild and natural feel of the coast is achieved.

The strategy focuses on the coastal margins.  It covers the area from Paekākāriki in the south to north of Ōtaki.  It aims to set out a framework for managed change over the next 20 years.

Kāpiti Coast: Choosing Futures - Coastal Strategy (PDF, 88 pages, 2Mb)

Coastal Ecosystems

The Council has surveyed coastal vegetation as a preliminary part of the Coastal Strategy.  Over 50 species of plants were identified including some rare native plants and several major weed species.

The coastal ecosystem is complex and dynamic, with vegetation playing an important role.  The information collected will provide a baseline dataset to measure change in the coastal environment over time, and will help the Council plan restoration and management efforts.


The Greater Wellington Regional Council has also conducted a survey of invertebrate life in the wet sand inter-tidal areas of the coast.  This will provide invaluable feedback about the ecological health of our coastline.

Broad Scale Habitat Mapping of Sandy Beaches and River Estuaries on the Western Wellington Coast (PDF, 82 pages, 1Mb)


Our beautiful beaches are an important community asset with many unique characteristics and natural qualities. View more information about our beaches here.

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Coastal Hazards
Natural Hazards