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Auckland’s oldest park wins international award

Published: 25 July 2018

Auckland Domain is the only New Zealand park to receive a prestigious award in the 2018 International Large Urban Parks Awards.

The awards recognise quality parks across the globe, the skills of the people who manage them and the value green spaces bring to the cities they serve.

Judges awarded Auckland Domain in the Bronze Award category for its well-protected and managed parklands, its supply of recreation opportunities, and preservation and interpretation of indigenous culture in collaboration with the community.

Councillor and Auckland Domain Committee Chairperson Mike Lee says, “Auckland Domain is managed and conserved to maintain and enhance its cultural, historic, natural and volcanic landscape values and to provide plenty of recreational activities for people to get out into nature.

“The park is very much the jewel of Auckland’s 4000+ network of parks, so I am thrilled to see it being recognised on the global stage.

“This award is also a fantastic recognition of the staff, volunteers and contractors who work tirelessly to ensure the park is maintained for everyone to enjoy.”

Entries to the International Large Urban Parks Awards were judged on four criteria:

  • Park design and layout
  • Features and facilities
  • Protection and community engagement and involvement
  • Park management and maintenance.

Manager of Auckland Domain Jane Aickin says, “The awards reflect on the global importance of urban parks for supporting health, the environment and bringing communities together.

“Connecting with nature significantly contributes to our quality of life. With Auckland’s population projected to increase by 44 per cent over the next 30 years, it is important that we support the development of parks and open spaces in creating vibrant cities and healthy communities."

Auckland’s oldest park

Nestled in the heart of the city, Auckland Domain is our oldest park, which was set aside as a reserve in the 1840s and initially called ‘Auckland Park’.

Situated on the cone of the extinct Pukekawa volcano, the 75-hectare park features beautiful gardens, duck ponds, large green open spaces edged by mature trees, sports fields, walks and statuary. It is also home to the Wintergardens, Fernery and Auckland War Memorial Museum.

The park has an extensive Māori and European history and in recognition of its unique place as a local, regional and national treasure, Auckland Domain has a dedicated governing committee. This is made up of three Councillors, three Waitematā Local Board members and representatives from the Independent Māori Statutory Board.

Visit for more information about the 2018 International Large Urban Parks Awards.