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Biodiversity and Significant Natural Areas

If your property has a Significant Natural Area listed in the District Plan, you could be eligible for a rates remission for the proportion of your property it covers. Contact us for more information or apply below. 

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.  

We acknowledge the key roles of landowners as stewards, and tangata whenua as kaitiaki, of the district’s indigenous biodiversity. 

Under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), NPDC has a legal obligation to protect our native bush or significant natural areas (SNAs).  

The Operative District Plan 2005 lists 94 SNAs in Appendix 21 and has rules around vegetation disturbance and subdivision. Since it became operative, a review has been undertaken and over 300 additional SNAs have been identified, including urban SNAs in New Plymouth city. Landowners and stakeholders were consulted and many SNAs were checked on the ground.  

The Proposed District Plan – Appeals Version 2023 lists scheduled SNAs in SCHED6 – Schedule of Rural Significant Natural Areas and SCHED7 – Schedule of Urban Biodiversity Areas.