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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti

Goal 2: Dunedin has a healthy environment

He ao tūroa, he ao hauora

Dunedin has a diverse range of flora and fauna on public and private land, and in urban, rural, freshwater and coastal areas. We will take collective action in a holistic way that draws on science, mātauraka Māori and good environmental practice to maintain, improve and measure biodiversity values, ecosystem services and the overall health of our environment.


  • Sustain ecosystem services
  • Increase indigenous biodiversity
  • Restore areas of ecological value.

How we’ll achieve this


  • safeguard the life-supporting capacity (mauri) of indigenous and taoka species’ habitats
  • protect important ecological areas
  • protect areas of importance to Kāi Tahu
  • take a landscape-scale approach to protecting ecosystems and increasing biodiversity
  • reduce wastewater overflows
  • reduce polluting discharges to the land, air and water
  • draw on science, mātauraka Māori and good environmental practice
  • use the best technology available for managing pests.

Initial actions

Managing Pests

  • Develop and implement an integrated landscape-scale pest management plan.

Ecosystem Health Boost

  • Identify and protect areas of ecological significance, establish biodiversity and ecosystem health measures and establish integrated planning for key environmental areas including air, water and soil standards.

Productive Landscapes

  • Work with landowners to integrate biodiversity into productive environments and to help sustain ecosystem services.

Indicators of change

  • Air quality, with performance benchmarked against National Environmental Standards (NES) air standard of PM10
  • Soil contamination assessments, with performance benchmarked against the National Environmental Standards (NES) standards
  • The water quality of Dunedin’s lakes and rivers, including coastal and recreational risk, using Land Air Water Aotearoa (LAWA) measures
  • Dunedin’s natural ecosystems benefitting from pest management (Department of Conservation measure)
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem health (new measure).

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