Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Act 2008

8 Heritage area objectives
  • The objectives of establishing and maintaining the heritage area are—

    • (a) to protect, restore, and enhance the area and its heritage features:

    • (b) to ensure that impacts on the area as a whole are considered when decisions are made affecting any part of it:

    • (c) to adopt the following approach when considering decisions that threaten serious or irreversible damage to a heritage feature:

      • (i) carefully consider the risks and uncertainties associated with any particular course of action; and

      • (ii) take into account the best information available; and

      • (iii) endeavour to protect the heritage feature:

    • (d) to recognise and avoid adverse potential, or adverse cumulative, effects of activities on the area’s environment (including its amenity) or its heritage features:

    • (e) to recognise that, in protecting the heritage features, the area has little capacity to absorb further subdivision:

    • (f) to ensure that any subdivision or development in the area, of itself or in respect of its cumulative effect,—

      • (i) is of an appropriate character, scale, and intensity; and

      • (ii) does not adversely affect the heritage features; and

      • (iii) does not contribute to urban sprawl:

    • (g) to maintain the quality and diversity of landscapes in the area by—

      • (i) protecting landscapes of local, regional, or national significance; and

      • (ii) restoring and enhancing degraded landscapes; and

      • (iii) managing change within a landscape in an integrated way, including managing change in a rural landscape to retain a rural character:

    • (h) to manage aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in the area to protect and enhance indigenous habitat values, landscape values, and amenity values:

    • (i) to recognise that people live and work in the area in distinct communities, and to enable those people to provide for their social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being:

    • (j) to provide for future uses of rural land in order to retain a rural character in the area:

    • (k) to protect those features of the area that relate to its water catchment and supply functions:

    • (l) to protect in perpetuity the natural and historic resources of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park for their intrinsic worth and for the benefit, use, and enjoyment of the people and communities of the Auckland region and New Zealand.