What we're doing
Our Nature in the City Strategy is Hamilton's 30-year strategy for biodiversity. It sets a vision for restoring and enhancing our city’s natural environment.
The initial programme plan is for the next 10 years and is funded by $29 million investment from the 2021-2031 Long-Term Plan.
In November 2021, we launched our first programme plan outlining how we'll kickstart our vision – starting with the next three years.
Over the next three years, we will:
- enhance nature at Donny Park and create better access to it
- begin pest control and plant restoration at Te awa o Katipaki
- begin pest control and plant restoration at Mangakotukutuku
- start baseline monitoring in our natural areas to measure progress
- have an iwi and hapuu engagement plan for the wider programme
- launch a multi-agency working group for expert guidance
- identify new planting opportunities and priority planting areas
- educate Hamiltonians on the importance of nurturing nature in our city
- increase our number of nature-loving volunteers.
Why we're doing it
Of the 11,000 hectares in Hamilton Kirikiriroa, only 168 hectares are covered by native vegetation. Native plants are the most effective way of supporting a strong and healthy ecosystem.
We know more native vegetation will make our city – and its people – stronger and healthier. We want to shape a healthy, vibrant and green city that future generations can protect and enjoy.
1000 more hectaresHundreds of thousands of native plants across more than 1000 hectares to be restored.
Focus on nativesNative plants are the most effective way of supporting a strong and healthy ecosystem.
1000+ volunteersWe’ll need more than 1000 volunteers to help us plant a greener Hamilton.
Where we're at with progress
Stage 1 - Underway
May 2022Kukutaaruhe Gully/Donny Park Restoration Project
We will plant more than 10,000 trees, install new pathways, control and remove pest plant species, install…
Frequently asked questions
We want to help residents that own gully land to restore their whenua and contribute to a thriving gully system. We can help with:
- developing restoration plans
- providing advice to landowners
- providing plants (subject to availability).
Gully Restoration Advisor
027 1800 2682
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Last updated 8 July 2022