Sustaining our environment
You can find out more information on native tree protection rules and growing guides on this page.
The Kāpiti Coast's natural environment has been modified by several hundred years of human settlement. The most radical changes occurred after 1840, with the progressive development of the coastal plain for agriculture, forestry, roads, railways and towns. Native vegetation was cleared, wetlands were drained and waterways were channelled, transforming the landscape and dramatically reducing the area of lowland habitat for native animals.
Today, only about 1.8 per cent of our coastal plain is still in native bush, and only a tiny fraction of our extensive wetlands remain.
We are also dealing with a large number of introduced plants and animals that have predated and replaced native species that had evolved here in isolation for millions of years.
Local government and local communities have an important part to play in ‘turning the tide’ against the loss of native species. This mandated in the Resource Management Act, 1991. The Local Government Act, 2002 also requires Councils to promote biodiversity protection.
As well as having a number of protective regulations in the District Plan the Council has a number of policies and programmes designed to protect and enhance our natural heritage.
The Council also works closely with other government agencies like the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) on a wide range of projects across the district.
Native Tree Protection and Growing Guide
The following guide can be of assistance when planting in the Kāpiti Coast District.
A Guide to Growing Native Plants in Kāpiti, with information on planting zones and appropriate plant species in for the coast
How the District Plan helps protect the environment
A strong and effective District Plan has the power to enhance and protect some of our precious remaining natural features and systems. The rules on native vegetation in residential zones can be found on page 28, Part D: Rules and Standards of the District Plan.
Biodiversity refers to the variety of living plants and animals on land, in fresh water and in the sea.