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Biodiversity and Significant Natural Areas

New Zealand is recognised internationally as a hot spot for biological diversity. Taranaki’s native bush areas, rivers and streams, wetlands and coastal areas provide significant habitats for indigenous flora and fauna species, including threatened species. 

The Council has a legal obligation to protect our native bush or significant natural areas (SNAs).  There are 32 SNAs included in the district plan in Appendix 21.  A resource consent is required to remove indigenous vegetation within these 32 areas.

We are currently reviewing SNAs as part of the larger district plan review and have identified additional Likely Significant Natural Areas (LSNAs) that we’re thinking about including in the next district plan. For further information on the district plan review please refer to the district plan review page.