Te taiao taiwhenua

Auckland’s natural environment is diverse and magnificent, from harbours, lakes and streams to productive soils, indigenous forest, bush ranges and islands.

Life in Auckland is supported and sustained by our natural environment, it is central to our identity and a main reason that people choose to visit, live, work and play here. For that reason it is important to understand what is happening in the environment and to be able to provide robust evidence for decision-making.

Featured reports

Kaipara Harbour sediment mitigation study: catchment economic modelling


Muriwai Beach to Te Henga (Bethells) 2016 grey-faced petrel and little penguin survey

Watch Dr Todd Landers talk about the survey

Environmental monitoring

The RIMU environment team carries out monitoring across the region to determine the health of the environment, to track changes in that health and to identify issues. We also carry out research, to improve our understanding of the environment, how it works and how our decisions influence environmental outcomes. Information from monitoring and research programmes helps to inform decisions for current and future Auckland.

Auckland Council has been collecting information about Auckland’s environment for more than 30 years. Our comprehensive monitoring programmes build a picture of the health of Auckland’s environment, track changes and identify issues. Information from monitoring programmes helps to inform decisions for current and future Auckland.

Auckland Council has more than 1000 environmental monitoring sites around the region, set up to help us track changes and make improvements where they are needed.

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Air quality

Climate change


Greenhouse gas



Terrestrial biodiversity (plants and animals)


We produce a range of publications.

Report cards

Report cards provide information on the state of Auckland's freshwater, marine, air, plants and animals, and land environments in your local area. We also publish cards about Auckland's population (one card for each local board), the city's capacity for growth and quality of life.

State of the environment report

The health of Auckland’s natural environment in 2015 Te oranga o te taiao o Tāmaki Makaurau is a report presenting a snapshot of the current and potential environmental issues, recent changes, and long-term trends across the region. This state of the environment report is published every five years and previous reports were published for 2009, 2004 and 1999.

State of the Auckland region report 2009

State of the Auckland region report 2004

State of the Auckland region report 1999

Technical reports

Technical reports provide detailed information, data and commentary on the status and trends from our monitoring programmes and research projects.

Environmental data

Requests for detailed environmental data – for example, rainfall data, water quality figures, air quality information – can be sent to environmentaldata@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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