Toitū Te Whenua Parks Network Plan 2020-2030 – Have your say
The Parks Network Plan (PNP) is a combined plan for eight of Wellington’s regional parks and forests. It provides directions for the use and management of parks under the Reserves Act 1977. Parks and forests included in the plan are Battle Hill, Belmont, East Harbour (including Baring Head and Parangarahu Lakes), Queen Elizabeth, Akatarawa and Pakuratahi and Kaitoke. The current Plan was approved by Council in 2011 and there were amendments in 2012, 2014 and 2016. The Reserves Act requires that management plans are kept up to date. A review has been undertaken and a draft plan is now available to review and comment.
To find out what the people of Wellington needed and wanted for our parks we undertook a six week period of public feedback in 2018. We prepared a discussion document and two supporting papers. We asked groups and individuals what thought the significant issues were for parks, what was valued most about or within parks and what we could do to improve parks. We also included questions in our annual telephone survey. Our initial consultation material is available below.
We had a great response to these questions and the discussion material. Over 345 people provided feedback in writing and many others provided verbal feedback and responded to social media posts. We also received a petition in favour of restoring wetlands titled ‘Restore the Raumati Wetlands in Queen Elizabeth Park’ with 712 signatures. This positive response combined with mana whenua feedback and internal workshops is being utilised to inform the development of a new draft management plan.
At the close of the initial consultation feedback was presented to Council’s Environment Committee on 9 August 2018 and the report is available to review below. Submitters raised a variety of important issues and opportunities for changes in parks which Council officers then workshopped to explore in more detail. From this, proposed strategic directions for the new plan were drafted, presented to and approved by Council’s Environment Committee on 6 December 2018. There is a link to this report below. The new management plan has been drafted based on these directions.
At the conclusion of the two month public consultation period, submissions will be reviewed and presented to Council for their consideration. Submitters who wish to present their feedback verbally will be given the opportunity to do so at a public hearing.
The draft plan will then be updated and finalised for adoption by Council. Once completed and approved by Council the Plan will guide management activities and use of regional parks for the next ten years, with amendments undertaken as the need arises. Works in the plan will be funded via Councils long term plan and external funding opportunities.
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