Auckland Regional Parks

Legacy Fund

Help Shape Recreation and Conservation in Auckland's  Regional Parks

What is the Legacy Fund?

The Friends of Regional Parks Legacy Fund established in 2018, backed by the Auckland Foundation, has been created to provide for funds to supplement Auckland Council ratepayer funding of regional park projects and acquisitions.

The fund will build a financial base can help in the purchase and develop new regional parks. The Legacy Fund will also enable short-term fundraising efforts, which will help us to buy and open parks to the public more quickly.

We welcome contributions to the Auckland Regional Park Legacy Fund from private individuals, bequests or organisations.

Valuing the past

Creating the future

Over 100 years ago, far-sighted men and women created the beginnings of the Auckland Regional Parks network by setting aside native bush in the Waitakere Ranges as natural open space for recreation and conservation.

Since then, many other regional parks have been purchased and gifted, providing Aucklanders with access to the region's finest open rural landscapes -  forest and bush, farms, coastlines and beaches. 

Like our forebears, we must have the vision to preserve Auckland's special places,  purchasing land years ahead of development to ensure future generations enjoy easy access to a regional park.


Some Frequently Asked Questions

Why we need the fund?

Auckland's rapid growth is straining the city's finances. There aren't enough resources for all the infrastructure required by new residents, and to upgrade the old.  Despite the predicted growth over the next decade there is limited Council funding  to purchase regional parks. 

FORParks established the Legacy Fund to provide supplementary funding for acquisition or development projects that expand and improve  the Auckland regional park network.

Where is the Legacy Fund held?

Friends of Regional Parks (FORParks) Auckland, has partnered with the Auckland Foundation, a major community trust.  Trustees have been appointed and, investment management is taken care of by industry leading providers.

Your donations are secure. 

All fund donations  directed  solely  to enhancement of the Auckland Regional Parks network, without the administration overheads.  

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Who  decides how the money is spent?

FORParks trustees will identify a specific need for acquisition or development projects that improve or expand our regional park network.  

The Auckland Foundation simply provides the Trust infrastructure.

How do I make sure my online donation goes to the legacy fund?

When you are making a donation via the website (direct bank transfer), simply choose "Auckland Regional Parks Legacy Fund" from the dropdown list.

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Can I post a cheque for my donation?


Are donations tax deductible?

Yes, making a donation through the Auckland Foundation is easy and you can request a receipt for tax purposes.  The Foundation is a registered charity  - Charities Register Number: CC44688 

Can I leave a bequest?

YES.  The Auckland Foundation also enables us to accept bequests which will help us fund Regional Parks for the future.  The bequests pack outlines all your options for creating a bequest as part of your will.  

Auckland Regional Parks Legacy Fund is a named Fund.  If you wish to leave a bequest directly to this fund please read page 4 - clause for use in making a bequest to a donor-directed fund. 

Download a bequests pack now (pdf)