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Natural character study of the Waikato coastal environment

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Report: TR 2016/05

Author: R Ryer, J Bentley, L Saunders and Dr S De Luca (Boffa Miskell Limited)

About this report

When the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement was released in December 2010, local authorities were tasked  to map or otherwise identify (at least) areas of high natural character in their coastal environments.

Waikato Regional Council has engaged Boffa Miskell Limited to undertake a natural character assessment within the mapped coastal environment of the Waikato region’s east and west coasts.

This study will be undertaken in light of the 2010 (‘NZCPS’) and the Proposed Waikato Regional Policy Statement. Part of the report relating to the East Coast study will be used to inform Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari – The Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan Project of which the council is a partner agency. Furthermore, the East Coast study builds upon existing natural character related work undertaken by Vicky Froude using the QINNCE index of naturalness.

Read or download the report

We've broken up this report into sections. You can read and download them below.

A - Introduction [PDF, 3.8 MB] 

B - Waikato coastal environments  [PDF, 2 MB]

C.1 - Waikato's East Coast marine and terrestrial areas - section 1 [PDF, 5.3 MB] 

C.2 - Waikato's East Coast marine and terrestrial areas - section 2  [PDF, 5.6 MB]

C.3 - Waikato's East Coast marine and terrestrial areas - section 3 [PDF, 5.1 MB] 

D.1 - Waikato's West Coast marine and terrestrial areas  [PDF, 5.4 MB]

D.2 - Waikato's West Coast marine and terrestrial areas [PDF, 5.2 MB] 

E.1 - Outstanding coastal natural character  [PDF, 3.2 MB]

E.2 - Outstanding coastal natural character [PDF, 4.2 MB] 

F - Appendices [PDF, 907 KB] 

 A Introduction
  Purpose of study
  Background
  Study approach
  Relationship between landscape and natural character
 B Waikato coastal environments
  Introduction to the Waikato region and its coasts
  Waikato East Coast: Hauraki Gulf and Firth of Thames
  Waikato East Coast: Eastern Coromandel Peninsula
  Broad collective characteristics
  Marine
  Terrestrial
  Waikato West Coast: Raglan, Aotea and Kawhia Harbours
  Waikato West Coast: Exposed West Coast
  Broad collective characteristics
  Marine
  Terrestrial

 C

Waikato's East Coast marine and terrestrial areas

  Coastal marine areas
  Firth of Thames
  Western Coromandel
  Eastern Coromandel
  Coastal terrestrial areas
  Whakatiwai
  Hauraki
  Thames Coast
  Coromandel Harbour
  Colville
  Port Jackson
  Kennedy Bay
  Whangapoua
  Opito
  Whitianga
  Hot Water Beach
  Tairua
  Whiritoa
  Outer island groups
D

Waikato's West Coast marine and terrestrial areas

  Coastal marine areas
  Waikato North
  Whaingaroa, Aotea and Kawhia Harbours
  North Taranaki Bight
  Coastal terrestrial areas
  Port Waikato
  Opura
  Whaingaroa
  Karioi
  Aotea Kawhia
  Marokopa
  Awakino
E Outstanding coastal natural character
  Introduction to outstanding coastal natural character
  East Coast
  Chenier Plains and Miranda Wetlands
  Motukawao Island Group
  Coastline between Fletcher Bay and Kennedy Bay
  Coastline, coastal waters and islands off Cathedral Cove
  Remote coastline and coastal waters of Tapuaetahi
  Aldermen Islands and associated coastal waters
  Curvier Island and associated coastal waters
  West Coast
  Aotea Harbour and margins
  Karewa Island (Gannet Rock)
  Kawhia Harbour and margins 
 F Appendices
  Bibliography and references
  Glossary