Aucklanders can find out about their local population and the environmental health score of their neighbourhoods using the 2016 State of Auckland report cards.
Presented by local board area, the report cards summarise the data and information collected for neighbourhoods as part of Auckland Council’s Resource Management Act 1991 obligations. The cards are a popular resource used by council people, community groups, local boards and students.
The cards report on the health of Auckland’s air, land and water environments. New this year, is a regional card on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and an Auckland-wide card for population figures. There are also demographic cards for local population statistics and local business information.
For the first time, the biodiversity report cards for land include results from council’s regional wetland biodiversity monitoring programme, identifying plants and birds as well as any weeds and pest animals found in the survey locations. In New Zealand, more than 90 per cent of wetland area has been removed in the last 150 years, a loss rate among the highest in the world. Wetland loss in Auckland is even greater in highly modified locations, such as the Auckland Isthmus (99.5% loss), but is less dramatic in less modified landscapes, such as Aotea, Great Barrier Island (50% loss).
Grades are mixed across the region. For example, Great Barrier and Little Barrier Islands receive the highest biodiversity score due to relatively high native plant and bird diversity and the low numbers of pests. Meanwhile, more urban local boards such as Waitemata, Manurewa, and Devonport- Takapuna have lower scores as they have a lower diversity of native plants and birds.
Monitoring of Auckland’s freshwater quality shows some changes since 2014, with an improvement in Manukau. but a decline in several other areas such as Waitemata,
The report card scores, and the changes in them, are the result of long-term environmental drivers, and there is no quick fix. Ongoing monitoring enables us to understand the health of Auckland’s environment overtime, alerts us to possible future issues and provides the evidence for robust decisions about the Auckland environment.
The report cards’ localised environmental results follow the publishing of council’s 2015 state of the environment report, The health of Auckland's natural environment in 2015 Teoranga o te taiao o lamaki Makaurau, which assessed the quality of the environment at a regional level.
Find your local report cards by visiting www.stateofauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz