Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Planning research on sustainable management of surf breaks

New planning research outlines approaches to the sustainable management of surf breaks in New Zealand

New Zealand was the first country in the world to adopt surf break protection within its resource management policy framework.

This came as a result of a groundswell from the grass roots surfing community backed by an improved knowledge and understanding of surf break environments that had been developing internationally in the area of coastal science.

Surf breaks are now specifically provided for under the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010, and it is vital that good outcomes are assured through appropriate policy and planning provisions. Resource use, development and changing settlement patterns have impacts on the features and characteristics of the areas where surf breaks are found. There are various threats including pollution, restricted public access, poor water quality, and the impacts of activities that alter the natural character of the coastal environment.

Adverse changes to surf break environments ultimately affect the health and well being of people and communities.

The late Matt Skellern initiated research on current practices, planning processes, and sustainable management approaches for surf breaks. This work has now been completed by Bailey Peryman, Shane Orchard and Lincoln University’s Dr Hamish Rennie, with support from Matt’s previous supervisor at University of Auckland, Dr Stephen Knight-Lenihan.

This opportunity was made possible by the persistence of the Skellern family, and supported by Auckland Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Surfbreak Protection Society.

The information in the report will be helpful to all organisations and community members interested in the protection of surf breaks. This report may also assist local authorities with identifying issues and developing appropriate responses that avoid degradation of the integrity of surf breaks as unique features of the coastal environment.

A copy of the report is available as a free download at http://www.surfbreak.org.nz/?page_id=2177

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Budget: Health Funding Must Keep Up With Need

NZNO: “The nursing team has been doing more with less for years. It’s getting to the point that we’re really worried about our colleagues, our patients, our jobs and the level of health care available for people in our country." More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Inventory: Time For The Government To Do The Right Thing

It’s time for the National Government to step up and do the right thing to reduce climate pollution as data shows New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Budget 2016: More Partnership Schools To Open

Seven new schools will join the eight Partnership Schools already open, along with further new schools opening in 2017. “The growth of this policy is a reflection of the high level of interest from educators and community leaders,” Mr Seymour says. More>>

ALSO:

No Correspondence With English: Did Brownlee Make Up Sale Of Navy Ships ‘On The Hoof?’

Having revealed that several Royal New Zealand Navy vessels have not left port in years, New Zealand First is now asking the Minister of Defence to prove he did not come up with the idea of selling HMNZS Taupo and Pukaki until the media asked him. More>>

Housing Plans: Labour- Abolish Auckland Urban Boundary
The Government should rule out any possibility of an urban growth boundary in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan if it is serious about fixing the housing crisis. More>>
Greens - State House Solution
The Homes Not Cars policy allows Housing New Zealand to retain its dividend and, in addition, would refund its tax, to spend on the emergency building of around 450 new state houses. More>>

ALSO:

Houses And Taxes: Post-Cabinet, Pre-Budget Press Conference

The Prime Minister said that the pre-budget announcements showed that his Government is “investing in a growing economy”. He re-affirmed the National Government’s commitment to lowering personal tax rates but that any such change must fit with the fiscal reality of the time. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news