Urbanisation

Aotearoa’s main urban areas cover approximately 2% of total available land.

The majority of the New Zealand urban population lives in the North Island (over 2 million people) compared to the South Island (just over half a million). Activities associated with urbanisation that significantly impact the environment require a Resource Consent. For example, earthworks around waterways, road construction, disturbance of waterways by channelisation, and construction of instream barriers (culverts or piping) will likely require consents.

Kaitiaki Tools will help you identify activities and environmental impacts specifically related to urbanisation and the associated impacts.