To improve Auckland’s environment, we will:
- Review Auckland Council’s climate change targeted rate.
- Revise Auckland Council’s emissions reduction plans to focus on priority areas of more sustainable transport, built and natural environments to reduce emissions quicker and more economically.
- Make electric buses and ferries more available and expand EV chargers in public car parks throughout Auckland.
- Supplement the five-yearly State of the Auckland Environment report with annual report cards.
Harbours and Coastlines
- Prioritise investment for storm/waste water separation to get cleaner beaches faster.
- Screen and remove waste materials from storm water before it reaches the harbours.
- Prioritise investment into coastal inundation mitigation projects to better manage the impact of rising sea levels.
- Improve the management of Kaipara, Manukau and Waitematā harbours and the Hauraki Gulf.
- Oppose plans to amalgamate the Hauraki Gulf and Auckland’s Regional Parks network.
Parks and Green Space
- Balance growth with ample green space provision.
- Protect Auckland’s existing green spaces from government-imposed intensification plans.
- Use Development Contributions to improve existing green space and provide additional green space to meet demand locally and regionally.
- Boost community tree planting.
- Review Auckland Council’s input to revegetating Auckland’s maunga.
- Revise playground investment rules to include better sun-protection (e.g., shade sails, tree planting) and include provision for mobility-impaired playground equipment.
- Reactivate Notable Tree Register and improve tree protections across Auckland.
- Revise stadium strategy with an emphasis on making best use of Auckland’s existing facilities.
- Seek government funding for national important facilities, such as Eden Park and the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
- Partner with, and invest in, Auckland’s community and regional sports organisations and facilities to drive sport in Auckland from the grassroots up.
- Address the significant shortage of covered courts, including with the use of cost-effective court covers and non-slip sports tiles suitable for netball, basketball, volleyball, futsal, tennis and other sports.
- Retain Auckland’s existing golf courses on publicly-owned land to continue providing accessible facilities, and build walking and cycling paths around golf courses to increase public access and use
Pest animals and plants
- Expand Pest Free Auckland plans and increase funding for local board initiatives to reduce pest plants and animals at a local level.
- Invest in education programmes that support local pest management.
- Incentivise all producers of waste, including commercial and industrial, to reduce, reuse and recycle.
- Make inorganic recycling easier. Boost resources to combat illegal dumping and increase fines.
- Expand the waste minimisation plans to include recycling facilities in all parts of Auckland.
- Mining waste stream as much as is practically and economically viable.
- Investigate the construction of a waste to energy plant to reduce landfill.
- Increase community-led recycling opportunities.
- Incentivise long-term, effective water conservation measures for residential, commercial and industrial users, including the reuse of grey water, and wastewater for industrial purposes.
- Oppose the forced amalgamation of Auckland’s water resources planned under the Three Waters approach.
- Prioritise investment into Auckland’s water storage and incentivise domestic tank water storage to ensure reliable safe water supply.
- Improve Watercare’s governance and future planning to ensure robust accountability for the funding of infrastructure.