6.1.1 Scope

This chapter addresses three matters:
  1. Indigenous biological diversity - The maintenance of indigenous biological diversity, the protection of areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna, and the division of responsibilities between the Regional Council and Territorial Authorities for managing indigenous biological diversity
  2. Natural features, landscapes and natural character - The preservation of the natural character of the coastal environment, wetlands, rivers, lakes and their margins and the protection of them and outstanding natural features and landscapes from inappropriate use and development
  3. Historic heritage - The protection of historic heritage.
Chapter 2 - Te Ao Māori - also contributes to the management of historic heritage, in particular sites* of significance to Māori, including wāhi tapu*.