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Last reviewed: Mon, 08 Aug 2011

Natural environment

Objective: Maintenance and enhancement of the quality of natural resources and their ability to meet the needs of present and future generations.

A photograph of yellow Kowhai flowers.

Key anticipated environmental results

This section of the Plan focuses on natural resources rather than physical or built resources. These natural resources are essential to meeting a variety of human needs and the support of natural ecosystems. Meeting social and economic needs may result in the modification of these resources in either a positive or negative way. It is the purpose of the objectives and policies to ensure that in meeting these needs, the quality of natural resources is maintained or enhanced. The Council is committed to formulating a natural environment strategy for the City, and whilst not a part of the City Plan, the broad principles of such a strategy are encompassed within the Plan's objectives and policies, and in particular those of this section.

The key natural resources in the City include land, soil, water, and air. Within the City, these resources reflect varying degrees of modification, and are more natural in character and less modified in some areas than others. Less modified areas include parts of the coastline, the Port Hills, the City's waterways, and indigenous remnants of relatively unmodified parts of the plains.

Also within the City, and strongly related to a number of these less modified natural areas, are important indigenous plant associations, and wildlife habitats which are dependent on them for their continued well-being. Sections 6 and 7 of the Act emphasise the importance of the protection of natural features and character and for this reason, environmental protection of relatively unmodified areas of the City is emphasised within the Plan.

Further information relating to the Natural Environment can be found on the State of The Environment Monitoring Programme website.

Limitations on the effects of emissions to air as a result of the control of land use activities which are generators of pollutants.

24 hr PM10 Exceedences and Maximum Concentrations, 1999–2010 [PDF 22KB]

The Second Highest Concentration of PM10 in Christchurch, 19952015 [PDF 41KB]

Average PM10 Concentrations on Still Evenings, 19962010 [PDF 66KB]

Air Quality Complaints and Number of High Air Pollution Nights (days over 50 μg/m3) [PDF 67KB]

Number of Homes Converting to Clean Forms of Heating, 20032013 [PDF 21KB]

Reduced risk to personal safety and property damage from natural hazards

Number and Cost of Earthquake Related Insurance Claims, 20002009 [PDF 19KB]

Number and Cost of Landslip, Storm and Flood Related Insurance Claims, 20002009 [PDF 20KB]

Maintenance of water quality in terms of the effects of land based activities

Drinking-Water Quality in Christchurch, 20012008 [PDF 23KB]

Annual Total Litres Abstracted from Groundwater and Total Litres Per Person Abstracted, 2001 – 2010 [PDF 20KB]

Summer Recreational Water Quality at Christchurch Sites, 1999/00–2009/10 [PDF 22KB]

Satisfaction with the Removal of Stormwater in Chrstchurch, 20072009 [PDF 19KB]

No increase in areas subject to erosion or contamination and a reduction in the extent of areas currently subject to these factors

  • Data will be added when available.
Photo of Pukekos at Travis Wetlands.

Authorising Unit: Strategy Support

Last reviewed: Monday, 8 August 2011

Next review: Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Keywords: natural enivronment