About Us


registered charity 

Committee Meetings are held on the second Monday of every month 

The purpose of the Friends of Regional Parks is to work alongside Auckland Council, and volunteer groups in the parks, as supporters and guardians of the Regional Parks network, providing vision and education, continuity, protection and a citizens voice for the Regional Parks.

The Society was created in response to the formation of the Auckland Council, and the demise of the Auckland Regional Council that had formerly created and cared for the regional parks network. 

Its members comprise individuals, regional park user groups and volunteers, committed to the protection and enhancement of the city’s regional parks for the enjoyment of current residents and future generations.

FORParks Committee

Patron: Bill Burrell QSM

Chair: Bronwen Turner 

Deputy Chair: Kit Howden

Treasurer: Sue Hill

Secretary: Tony Walton


2010  Formation of  Friends of Regional Parks NZBN: 9429043235735

2018  Creation of the Legacy Fund.

2020  Registered as a Charity 21/2/2020 #CC57573


In 2010 The Auckland Council was formed incorporating the cities of Auckland, Manukau, Northshore, Papakura, Rodney, Waitakere and the Auckland Regional Council. Bounded by the Hauraki Gulf in the east and the Tasman Sea in the west, the city extends from Warkworth in the north to Pukekohe in the south

Auckland has a magnificent network of regional parks with their origins some 125 years ago. Much of the network was developed by the Auckland Regional Authority between 1965 and 2010. Today, New Zealand’s “supercity” has 28 regional parks managed by Auckland Council covering more than 41,000 hectares, embracing coastal beaches, cliffs, dunes and wetland, indigenous forest and farmland. 

These are prized for their recreation and their conservation values and are an important contributor to Aucklanders’ lifestyles.

Auckland is the nation’s largest population centre and driver of the country’s economy. It is estimated that the city’s current population of some 1.7 million could increase by more than 50% by the year 2050.

The city’s regional parks are a vital part of the city’s recreation and conservation infrastructure and must be developed to provide for the city’s growing needs. These assets are managed under the 2022 Regional Park Management Plan.

Our Objectives