Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Wellington City Council consultation sees playgrounds transition to play spaces

Wellington City Council consultation sees playgrounds transition to play spaces
October 14, 2019

Treating New Zealand's capital city as one large ‘play space’ is at the heart of Wellington City Council’s review of the city’s 14-year-old Playgrounds Policy.

Explaining that the draft policy looks at the importance of providing for a range of play spaces - from formal, dedicated play areas through to playable space within the city’s parks and neighbourhoods - Wellington’s Deputy Mayor-elect and Recreation portfolio leader, Paul Eagle advises "Wellingtonians love their playgrounds and the many spaces in their communities to play in. We’re looking for any feedback and ideas that will make what have better and get more people out and having fun."

Councillor Eagle says the policy doesn’t propose to close any playgrounds around the city, noting "playgrounds are at the heart of many neighbourhoods. Understanding how the city could partner with communities will help us better invest and maintain a city-wide network."

Incoming Councillor Jill Day, who will take up the Children and Young People portfolio within the new Council, says she is pleased to see the Council’s commitment to talking to the wider community about the use of public play spaces, adding "with limited play spaces available, it’s important that we are encouraging children to get out and get active. It’s equally important that wider family groups, schools and early childhood centres are being involved in how the wider community can best use the city’s communal play spaces."

The proposed policy is based on ‘five strategic priorities’ that will try and broaden what the Council does and provides to get more people outside and playing. In addition to providing a well-planned and managed network of the usual formal playgrounds, court spaces and skate facilities, the Council is looking at how to work better with schools and the community, how to promote informal play through the idea of ‘the city as a play space’ and how to promote play (and the value of play) more generally.

Wellingtonians are invited to give their thoughts on the draft of a new Play Spaces Policy with public consultation running until Friday 18th November.

Details of the public consultation are now posted on the Wellington City Council website at

Image: Playground at Wellington's Oriental Bay.

Related Articles

7th August 2019 - Wellington named New Zealand’s fittest city

1st February 2019 - Virtual reality game allows people to explore Wellington

19th April 2018 - Wellington City Council release concept for innovative new playground

23rd January 2018 - Study identifies need for more shade cover in Wellington playgrounds

10th April 2017 - Pukeahu National War Memorial Park wins landscape architecture awards

12th December 2016 - New Zealand introduces updated playground standards

15th November 2015 - Risky outdoor play positively impacts children’s health

28th August 2009 - Pitches Secure Wellington Reserve’s Test Status

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

METRA Australia

With industry leading solutions in design and durability you can improve your facilities with our access control operations, payment systems and flexible personal locker storage solutions. Your…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Security


BioLab Australia Pty Ltd

BioGuard is Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted supplier of premium, innovative and affordable commercial water treatment systems and chemicals. BioGuard offers a comprehensive range of…

read more

Aquatics / Technology / Waterparks



Quayclean are a national cleaning and waste services partner with proven results in the understanding and delivery of cleaning needs and challenges faced by facilities including; major venues and…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Surfaces / Venues


Polin Waterparks

Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976, and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is one of the world leaders in the design, production, and installation of…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks



AUSTRALIAN MADE. FIT FOR PURPOSE. AlphaFit is a 100% Australian owned family company manufacturing gear specifically for the strength and conditioning, functional fitness and high-performance…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness


Aflex Inflatables

Aflex Inflatables are the leaders for obstacle courses, pool toys, waterparks and land-based watersides and fitness runs. They are industry leaders offering the widest range of pool, lake and beach…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks



Clubware’s online gym software is not your run of the mill management system. It has been carefully designed to incorporate all the elements that a fitness club would need. How did we do that?…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Recreation


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business