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Caring for your Harbour

There are many simple steps you can take to care for Tauranga Harbour: at home, around your garden or farm, and of course, on and around the water.

Keen to do more?

Some community groups are already doing great work to protect and improve the estuaries and surrounding environment - you may like to get involved. To find out more please call Bay of Plenty Regional Council on 0800 884 880.

At your home and garden

  • Make sure your septic tank is in good working order
  • Don't pour pollutants or wash paint brushes into storm water drains
  • Wash your car on grass so pollutants don't go into storm water drains
  • Plant native trees and shrubs to help attract birds
  • Take rubbish, including green waste, to the landfill not the estuary and recycle wherever possible.

At the harbour

  • Do not drive on the beach, dunes or mud flats
  • Keep your dog on a leash near bird habitats, or avoid walking dogs in those locations. Obey dog exclusion notices
  • Take your rubbish home - even better, pick up and dispose of other people's rubbish
  • Prevent the spread of marine pests by keeping your anti-fouling paint fresh and cleaning your boat and fishing gear before using it in the harbour
  • Regularly check that your boat is not leaking oil or pollutants
  • Help your children learn why the harbour is important
  • Walk on marked paths and tracks
  • Park in marked areas
  • Avoid gathering shellfish after a heavy rain as poor water quality may mean they are unsafe to eat.

At your farm or lifestyle block

  • Fence streams and waterways to keep stock off stream banks and out of the water (a reticulated stock water supply provides better environmental care)
  • Plant along streams and waterways (ideally in native plants relevant to the harbour  environments)
  • Avoid overgrazing steep slopes and pasture near waterways
  • Catch and control stock effluent
  • Avoid spraying chemicals near waterways
  • Apply fertiliser sparingly and with care, especially near waterways
  • Run a nutrient budget to avoid overuse of fertiliser
  • Minimise use of tracks that may damage riparian or wetland areas
  • Use our Futureproof your Land self-assessment toolkits for more ideas on how you can keep your land productive and protect the harbor 
  • See our 'Guide to Regional Plans Farming Activities' to find out how you can keep you farm activities compliant with regional plan and consent requirements

Contact a Land management Officer on 0800 884 880 for further advice and funding assistance.

Check out our Get Sustainable link to go to our Waste and Recycling Directory and the Waste Exchange and to read more about the Cleaner Production Programme and the Paintwise Scheme.

Other resources available:

  • Sea Lettuce and the Garden  This brochure has information on how you can use sea lettuce in the garden and its benefits
  • Responsibilities of applicators - guide to applying agrichemicals (182KB, PDF) 
  • Concrete Information Sheet (383KB, PDF)

Tauranga City Council's website has a lot of very useful information including a series of brochures to help individuals and businesses avoid pollution of watercourses and the harbour. Click here to link to the brochures page on the Tauranga City Council website.