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Coastal Planning

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This section contains information about Council's strategies to manage the district's growth in a manner that is sustainable and which preserves its unique lifestyle and environment.
Updated: 1/10/2018 11:09 a.m.
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​Ocean Beach

The Whangarei district has over 270 kilometres of open coastline containing some of New Zealand’s most picturesque and popular beaches.

Improved access to and from Auckland and the popularity of coastal real estate has led to rapid development of new residential areas along the extensive coastline with corresponding pressure on infrastructure and the need for sustainable management.

Council has an ongoing Strategic Planning Programme which aims to provide long-term guidance for the management of the district's coasts and beaches for the benefit and enjoyment of all.

Together with the community, iwi, Northland Regional Council and the Department of Conservation, we work to make sure that our coast, beaches and natural environment are protected.

Coastal Management Strategy

A Coastal Management Strategy was adopted by Council in 2003. It contains nine specific study areas and a detailed Structure Plan has been developed for each area.

In each of these study areas, a number of public meetings were held with local residents and interest groups to discuss specific planning proposals. These proposals were developed and adopted as official Council policy documents in February 2009.

The study areas are as follows:

  • Marsden Point/Ruakaka
  • Matapouri/Woolley's Bay
  • Ngunguru
  • Oakura
  • Parua Bay
  • Pataua
  • Tutukaka
  • Waipu Cove/Langs Beach
  • Waipu Township.

Select from the following links for more detailed information on our coastal planning initiatives.


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