Nature in the City Strategy

​​​​​​Hamilton City Council adopted the Nature in the City Strategy on 1 December 2020. It will guide our investment in projects to restore, grow and care for nature across the city.

The strategy sets a long-term vision for restoring and caring for Hamilton's natural environment. Nature is all living things - in Kirikiriroa/Hamilton, it is all the plants and trees, animals, birds, freshwater fish, insects and people living in our great river city.

Hamilton City Council's Nature in the City Strategy 2020-2050


The strategy's vision is that nature thrives in Kirikiriroa/Hamilton and nurtures us where we are. The Nature in the City Strategic Implementation Plan adopted by Council has a three-year horizon and outlines priority projects to work towards the vision.

We all prosper when we restore nature. We grow stronger as a community when we restore nature together and care for it as it grow

We all flourish when we create opportunities for children to benefit from restoring nature and for our whaanau, neighbours and friends to be connected to nature and be healthy and well.

Nature returns our investment over and over again: through clean water, shade, fresh air, the cooling effect of abundant tree cover, peaceful places to rest, thriving birdlife and opportunities to build community by working with others to care for nature.


Because of decisions made in the past, Hamilton currently has only 2% native vegetation cover. We know if more land was covered in native plants and trees, we would have a healthier, stronger city. The strategy sets a goal of achieving 10% native vegetation cover in Kirikiriroa/Hamilton by 2050.

Decisions on funding of work to achieve this goal will be made through Council's long-term planning process.

Working together

The Nature in the City Strategy was developed using a broad range of community feedback. We asked people for their one wish for nature in Hamilton. Read what they said h​ere​

If you would like to get more involved in nurturing nature in Hamilton, 
click here to find out more about community planting opportunities.

Page reviewed: 19 Mar 2021 10:49am