Coastal Development

Many coastal areas within New Zealand are experiencing development pressure. Whilst the 2008 global financial crisis eased this to some degree in the short term, there continues to be increasing numbers of people who are choosing to live or holiday on the coast.

The demand for new houses close to the sea is being met through the redevelopment, intensification or expansion of existing coastal settlements, the establishment of new coastal settlements and rural residential “lifestyle” development. Each of these types of development has the potential to both positively and negatively impact on the environments within the coastal margin.

Sandfly Bay (Credit: Raewyn Peart)

Last updated at 2:12PM on February 25, 2015