This is article #16 in my 16 part series summarising Tauranga City Council strategy documents.
Here is my summary of the Tauranga City Council Vegetation Strategy 2006 (70 pages. 5.4Mb .pdf).
“Growing Tauranga Green: Vegetation Management Strategy for Tauranga City”
“Vegetation is an important contribution to the look and feel of the city’s character and identity and the wellbeing of its residents.”
Growing Tauranga Green focuses on:
- Planting, protection and maintenance of trees and gardens on public land
- Management of noxious weeds and invasive plants
- Rehabilitation, restoration and regeneration of native bush areas
- Vegetation in relation to care and sustainability of coastal edges and harbour margins
- Protection and maintenance of registered trees
- Improving the biodiversity of plants that are endemic and indigenous to New Zealand and in particular to the Tauranga area, with support for eco-sourcing plant material where practicable
- Providing a wide range of trees and plants for the enjoyment and wellbeing of people
- Provide a range of experiences that reflect the sense of place for the different areas of Tauranga City
This strategy is organised around the following geographical areas:
- Parks and Reserves
- Estuarine, Riparian and Gullies
- Open Coastal
- CBD and Neighbourhood Centres
- Non-Council owned (private) land
- General Vegetation Management
Caring for these areas can be considerably labour intensive, so I imagine this department is under constant financial pressure. When money is tight I’m sure it’s one of the first departments that the council looks at for reducing the budget because it is so hard to put a monetary value on “enjoyment and wellbeing of the people”.
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