Create small nature refuges

It is easy to think that if your office is located in an urban area and surrounded by asphalt, that you are disconnected from nature or unable to take action to regenerate nature on your site.

Indoor fern with laptops in background
Man outdoors in native bush using hand to shade the sun out of his eyes

Nature is all around us

Green Roof examples and resources

  • Learn about how Auckland Transport is trialling bringing nature back into the city by putting green roofs on their bus shelters.
  • The Whāngārei Living Roof Guide (Zoe Avery and Renee Davies, 4SightConsulting for Whāngārei District Council) provides a great overview of the many benefits of green or living roofs and DIY steps to create small roofs.

Urban forest in Aotearoa New Zealand's largest city  

As Auckland grows in size and density, there is increasing recognition of the importance of retaining and enhancing urban forest to create a liveable, sustainable city into the future. 

Threats to urban forest will only increase over the coming decades. Climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of droughts and heat waves. Diseases such as Kauri Dieback and myrtle rust continue to spread. Development and its associated infrastructure will only grow as Auckland's population grows.

Urban forest is unequally distributed across Auckland. Auckland’s five southern local boards have the least urban forest cover across the region. None of them meet Auckland Council’s minimum canopy cover level of 15%. Studies have recently highlighted how Auckland’s urban south will be disproportionately affected by a lack of urban forest into the future.

Learn about Auckland’s Urban Ngahere Strategy.