Waimea Inlet Management Strategy

This strategy brings together the communities of Tasman and Nelson and the many groups who have an interest in, and a commitment to, the Waimea Inlet and its sustainable future. It is an inter-agency strategy that includes the Tasman and Nelson councils, statutory agencies, non-statutory groups and organisations, businesses and residents.


The Waimea Inlet Strategy supports the respective Councils’ Long Term Plans. As such, it supports the vision and community-sourced outcome statements of those documents, and it guides the Councils’ decision-making across all departments influencing not only statutory resource management but also provision of infrastructure, services and all areas of council involvement.

Area Covered

The Waimea Inlet in this Strategy is the area inside a line connecting the Tasman Bay shoreline of Mapua, Moturoa/Rabbit Island and Tahunanui Beach.

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Draft Waimea Inlet Action Plan

Waimea Inlet is a special place, loved by many people, and home to a wide array of living organisms, some rare and threatened, others international migrants. The Waimea Inlet Coordination Group (made up of representatives from a range of organisations and groups) was set up to promote the restoration and protection of this special place.

This plan will act as a guide to fulfilling the hopes and aspirations in the Waimea Inlet Management Strategy (2010). We applaud the efforts already being made, and are now wanting to take the next step by securing commitment from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make the strategy’s objectives and outcomes become reality.

The draft document below does not yet have the endorsement of any organisation.