As a district, Tasman covers nearly 10,000 km2 of diverse natural environments from large mountainous areas to valleys and plains. Significant rivers such as the Buller, Motueka, Aorere, Tākaka, and Waimea meander through the land, flowing to our coastline and coastal marine area - the freshwater journey from the mountains to the sea. There is native bush and bird life, deep caves, golden sand beaches, productive farmland and horticulture, and good fishing in our bays and rivers.

We have vibrant and diverse towns, local centres, and communities across the Tasman District. Those of us living in this area create a need for transport, industry, schooling, housing, employment and social connectivity in a healthy environment.

The Aorere ki uta, Aorere ki tai - Tasman Environment Plan will guide how we live, work, and play in our District.

This plan will be created by Tasman District Council in partnership with iwi and our communities over the next few years. It will be an important document that will eventually replace current council resource management plans as the blueprint for how we grow as a district, and use and care for our land, air, and water ki uta ki tai (from the mountains to the sea).

Below are themes covered by the Aorere ki uta, Aorere ki tai – Tasman Environment Plan.