What are features?

Features are discrete landforms or biophysical entities, such as a volcanic cone or wetland. These are “(usually smaller) components of landscapes”, “a distinctive or characteristic part of a [landscape]” 1489 or a part of multiple landscapes like a major river corridor. The Geoscience Society has identified and categorised geological sites and landforms in New Zealand that are of international, national, or regional importance. Similarly, wetlands and other such features – which combine geomorphological characteristics with ecological and habitat values – are often identified through the RAMSAR Convention and other forms of international and national recognition. As a result, features are often important in terms of scientific knowledge and public education about natural processes, and frequently (but not always) are landmarks that contribute to the character and values of a locality.

  1. KPF Investments Limited v Marlborough District Council [2014] NZEnvC 152 at [49]

Last updated at 2:51PM on January 8, 2018