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Press Release Monday 29 August 2016: REGIONAL PARKS FOCUS FOR CANDIDATES

posted Aug 29, 2016, 7:06 PM by Mels Barton

Auckland’s Friends of Regional Parks group has approached candidates standing for the Auckland Mayoralty and Council to find out their views on Regional Parks in order to inform voters in the upcoming election.

Auckland's parks are an essential infrastructure component to achieve the Council's aim of ensuring that the best conditions possible are created for the health, well-being, personal development and happiness of the residents. This has been confirmed by numerous comprehensive international studies that have clearly identified the physical, mental and emotional health benefits that people derive from parks. With Auckland’s rapid growth and intensification Auckland’s Regional Parks are particularly valuable as health promoting sanctuaries from the pressures and intensity of modern life.

Therefore in conjunction with the Auckland Regional Parks 50 –Year Vision and Values Plan (attached) the Friends of Regional Parks are requesting candidates to show what commitment they would specifically give as Mayor or Councillor to the survey questions. All Mayoral and Council candidates are invited to respond. Results will generate a "score card" for each candidate which will be publicised. No response to any question will result in a zero score for that question. Candidates who do not complete the survey will be scored with the lowest result in the scorecard.

The survey questions are as follows:

1. Do you support maintaining the current network of Regional Parks as a cohesive and effective whole to be managed regionally as a network? Yes / No

2.  Do you support expanding and adding to the Regional Parks network in line with the increasing population of Auckland (several parks are reaching full capacity on occasions)? Yes / No

3. Do you support providing adequate funding to adequately meet operational costs and to retain high quality specialist Regional Parks staff and rangers? Yes / No

4. Do you support the provision of resources for the conservation and protection of the special environments, flora and fauna within the parks and of the Auckland area? Yes / No

5. Do you support the establishment of a dedicated ring fenced fund for the acquisition of future Regional Parks in line with projected population growth? Yes / No

6. Do you support ensuring the continuation of the educational resource that the Regional Parks currently provide for present and future generations? Yes / No

7. Do you support ensuring that adequate attention and resources are available for the protection of Auckland’s iconic Kauri forests and for the operational management to prevent further spread of Kauri Dieback disease? Yes / No

8. Do you support enhancing the understanding and connection between urban dwellers and farming through continued support for farming on Regional Parks? Yes / No

9. Do you support retaining decision making for Regional Parks with the Governing Body? Yes / No

All Mayoral and Councillor candidates who provided an email contact address with their nomination form will receive an email invitation to complete the survey which will close on Monday 12 September. Any candidates who have not yet received an invitation can request one by emailing



Bill Burrill, Chair Friends of Regional Parks. Ph 021 978139