People are invited to have their say on how 260 parks and almost 800 hectares of land are managed in Upper Harbour.
The Upper Harbour Local Parks Management Plan will guide the management of all local parks within the Upper Harbour Local Board area and replace existing reserve management plans.
The management plan is being prepared according to the Reserves Act 1977 and has a policy rather than an operational focus. It aims to guide day-to-day management in local parks in a way that reflects the values of mana whenua and the community.
Upper Harbour Local Board Chair Lisa Whyte encourages residents to give feedback as this is an important document that will guide decisions on local parks for a long time.
“Our parks reflect the diversity of our local board area. We connect with nature on bush walks and get to walk, bike or run on the paths and trails in our parks. Tracts of bush and native vegetation are important habitats for our native wildlife.
"Our children play at playgrounds, skateparks or shoot hoops on basketball courts. Some of us walk our dogs at a park. Many teams play and train on our courts and sports fields. Our sports hubs are busy and include a national hockey centre and softball stadium.
“All our lives are touched in some way by our parks. Now we really need to hear your views on the draft plan to ensure all our park information is correct, that park maps and policies are up-to-date, and key management issues have been identified. It is time to hear from you whether we have got it right or have missed anything.”
The consultation period for the draft Upper Harbour Local Board Parks Management Plan runs from 15 September to 15 November.
Ways to have your say
- View the draft plan and have your say online at akhaveyoursay.nz.
- Attend a drop-in session at Albany Village Library, Wednesday 19 October at 10am–12pm, and at Te Manawa (Westgate) Library, Friday 21 October at 11am–1pm.
- View the draft plan and fill in a feedback form at Albany Village Library and Te Manawa (Westgate) Library.
- Email feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
The consultation period will be followed by hearings in February, where any submitter can speak to their submission in person. The final plan is expected to be adopted by the local board in May.
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