Know Our Coastal Story

We are a coastal community. We either live or love to play on the beach. 

The coast is very important to tangata whenua, who have a kaitiaki (guardianship) role in protecting our coast.

Our coast stretches some 98km from the Mokau River in the north to the Hangatahua (Stony) River in the south. 

Central Government wants to ensure that our coastal areas are protected, especially those areas which are less developed. 

Our coastline is ever-changing.  We have updated our coastal information so we better understand these changes.  We want to share this information with our community.  


Coastal hazards
From Oakura north the coast is showing a long-term trend of coastal erosion.  Coastal flooding also affects our low lying river mouths. Parts of the coast are affected differently by erosion and flooding and need localised responses such as for the coastal towns of Oakura, Waitara and Onaero.
We need to make sure that housing and buildings are built in a way that considers coastal erosion and flooding.

Coastal landscapes
The coastal environment has important landscapes that contribute to the character of our district.
We need to make sure that housing and buildings are built in a way that is sensitive to the coastal environment.

What can I do in the coastal environment area?

Activities that are allowed and may not require a resource consent are:

Coastal Environmental and Hazard Areas.

Building small buildings.
Renovating existing buildings within their existing footprint.
Minor earthworks and clearing indigenous vegetation under 100m2.
Installing underground pipelines and cables.
Maintaining existing flood protection and drainage work.

Examples of activities that require resource consent are: 
Building a house or subdividing land in a coastal hazard area and/or rural area. 
Building community facilities such as new hospitals and schools in a coastal hazard area. 
Installing new above-ground network utilities.
Undertaking new quarrying, petroleum activities or large-scale renewable electricity generation activities.
Building new sea walls.

What are we going to do?

Identify and update maps of the coastal environment in the Draft District Plan.
Identify areas at risk from coastal hazards within the next 100 years and update our hazard maps.
Identify outstanding landscapes and natural features within the coast.
Protect the natural character of our coast, including controls to restrict the removal of coastal vegetation.
Provide stronger direction as to where development and building can take place on the coast.
Keep refining information about hazards in some of our more affected communities.  


You can continue to do what you are doing despite any new rules that may be introduced.  However, if you intend to change what you are doing then you may be subject to new rules. This only applies once the new plan is approved.

Beach image.

We had a great turn out to the beach walk and talk sessions and open days. It was a great opportunity to discuss the draft District Plan further with residents. Below are the fact sheets for each walk that was undertaken.