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24 parks and open spaces across New Zealand receive Green Flag Award

24 parks and open spaces across New Zealand receive Green Flag Award
November 30, 2020

Recreation Aotearoa have announced that 24 parks across New Zealand, including two first time recipients, have just been awarded the internationally recognised Green Flag Award®.

Recreation Aotearoa highlight that for many of us, parks have been a haven during COVID-19, having helped communities remain healthy, active, and connected during the pandemic.

The Green Flag Award recognises and rewards parks and green spaces providing high quality and innovative recreational experiences for communities. The award sets a benchmark standard for recreational outdoor spaces worldwide. Parks are awarded based on a criterion marked by experienced Green Flag Award judges throughout the country.

The Green Flag Award enables local parks to enhance public attraction and engagement, maximise funding and revenue opportunities, and give communities a sense of civic pride.

Recreation Aotearoa Parks and Open Spaces Manager, Annette Richards advised “It’s fantastic to see so many of our parks investing time into creating spaces where our communities can connect and find joy.

“It is significant for us to be able to recognise these parks with this award. But it’s about so much more than winning an award. It’s about embarking on a journey with all the people that make providing quality horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability, access, community involvement and a warm welcome for our visitors and locals possible.” 

The 2020 Green Flag Award winning parks are:

• Randwick Park, Auckland
• Ambury Regional Park, Auckland
• King Edward Park, Hawera
• Thompson House, Levin
• Queen Elizabeth Park, Masterton
• Henley Lake, Masterton (first time recipient)
• Te Mata Peak, Hastings
• Wellington Botanical Gardens, Wellington
• Bolton Street Cemetery, Wellington
• Otari-Wiltons Bush, Wellington
• Holben Reserve, Foxton (first time recipient)
• Auckland Domain, Auckland
• Gisborne Botanical Gardens, Gisborne
• TECT Park, Western BOP
• Cornwall Park, Hastings
• Pukekura Park, New Plymouth
• Havelock North Village Green, Hastings
• Flaxmere Park, Hastings
• Waikumete Cemetery, Auckland
• Driscoll Reserve, Horowhenua
• Parrs Park, Auckland
• Long Bay Regional Park, Auckland
• Sanders Reserve, Auckland
• Tawharanui Regional Park, Auckland

The winning sites will be gifted a Green Flag to fly proudly in their parks for the public to see.

To find out more visit the Green Flag Award® website 

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16th March 2018 - Auckland parks head list of Green Flags Award winners

5th October 2017 - Parks and Leisure Australia to manage Green Flag Award parks program

15th April 2017 - Fifth Green Flag Award cements Centennial Parklands’ world-class status

11th March 2017 - Green Flags flying over Australian and New Zealand public parks

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