Why monitor and report on the state of the environment?
Monitoring the State of the Environment is a requirement of section 35 of the Resource Management Act 1991. Its purpose is to measure if or how the Rotorua district environment is changing over time, to check whether policies and processes in place are effective, and whether Council is effectively carrying out its resource management functions. It highlights good, bad or neutral environmental trends.
The environment encompasses more than just the natural environment. It includes people and how they interact with the environment. People receive vital services and benefits from the environment, such as fresh air and drinking water, land to live on and resources to produce food and goods. At the same time people and the activities they undertake can have a positive or detrimental impact on the environment such as creating air pollution from smoky fires, adding contaminants to water through wastewater and storm water, and clearing land for growing food, housing and producing goods. A sustainable environment is one where a balance is struck between the health of the environment and use of the environment. The intention of reporting is to highlight where Rotorua is doing well, not so well or neutral.
Knowing these trends assists with making informed decisions on environmental issues and impacts. Intervention to address these is often through programmes, projects and policies. Continued environmental monitoring shows the level of success these interventions make in the Rotorua environment.
State of the Environment monitoring and reporting shown on this website is at a district council level. This information can contribute to regional and national State of the Environment monitoring and reporting. The last national State of the Environment Report was released in 2008. See Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Waikato Regional Council and Ministry for the Environment websites for regional and national State of the Environment monitoring and reporting.
About the data
Reporting schedule and release of indicators
- All residential zones
- Commercial zones A to H
- Industrial zones A and B
- Resort zones A, B and C
- Transitional Development Zone
- Airport Zone
- Rural zones A to F
- Industrial zones B and C,
- Lakes A Zone
|Both urban and rural
(These have been blended into the surrounding area, eg, if mainly in an area with residential zone around, then it will be classed as urban)
Census data unavailable due to Canterbury earthquakes
Rotorua Lakes Council would like to acknowledge the following who provide their time, knowledge and expertise to monitor and report on the state of the environment:
- Bay of Plenty Regional Council
- Waikato Regional Council
- New Zealand Transport Agency
- Statistics New Zealand
- New Zealand Historic Places Trust
- Rotorua Regional Airport Limited
- Rotorua Lakes Council staff
Photographic images have been supplied by Full Frame Photography.