FRIENDS OF REGIONAL PARKS (AUCKLAND) INCORPORATED
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.
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.
Promote and support the Auckland Regional Parks as places for enjoyment of recreation, heritage appreciation, biodiversity and conservation.
Help protect the Regional Parks’ diverse natural landscapes, forests and coastlines. Promote development of the Regional Park network by Auckland Council to complement Auckland’s growth
Undertake special projects to develop the Regional Parks.
Support other Friends groups, volunteer groups and other organisations associated with Auckland’s Regional Parks.