Te taiao taiwhenua

Auckland’s natural environment is diverse – 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 reason that people choose to visit, live, work and play here. It is important to understand what is happening in the environment and to be able to provide robust evidence for decision-making.

Auckland Council Environmental Data Portal


Featured reports

Climate change risk assessment series 2019

See also

Auckland's Climate Action Framework

Environmental monitoring

The RIMU environment teams carry 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 help build a picture of the health of Auckland’s environment.

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. 


We produce a range of environment related 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

Please visit our environmental data portal for detailed data records. For example, rainfall data, water quality figures, air quality information.


Inquiries about the portal go to environmentaldata@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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