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Taumanu and Ambury Regional Park receive prestigious award


Taumanu Reserve and Ambury Regional Park have made it onto the winning list of the prestigious Green Flag Award. The global excellence mark for parks and green spaces, was recently awarded to 10 Auckland Council parks, which made the cut over some of the best regions in the world.

Taumanu, the Onehunga foreshore development, celebrated its third anniversary this November. The $30m redevelopment followed decades of advocacy by the Onehunga community, after the original foreshore was cut off by the building of SH20 in 1975. As the first major access to the Onehunga seashore since the 1970’s, it has new beaches, a boat ramp, a turning bay, and a pedestrian/cyclist bridge linking the foreshore to Onehunga Bay Reserve. It is a perfect spot for families to share a picnic or a swim, and the large open space is ideal for dogs to enjoy time off-leash.

The award initiative is managed locally by the New Zealand Recreation Association, and overseen by Keep Britain Tidy. They are judged by how well the green spaces meet the needs of the local community, and criteria for the awards included quality of services, safety, maintenance, community involvement and sustainability. 

Auckland Council has over 4000 parks, including 27 regional parks, 228 dedicated sports parks and over 800 winter sports fields. These spaces provide endless opportunities for people to enjoy peace and reprieve in nature, and opportunities for participation in a wide range of outdoor leisure activities. 

Auckland Council’s head of parks services, Mark Bowater, says, “I’m thrilled and very proud that our parks have once again been recognised as some of the world’s most industry-leading green spaces. These awards are a testament to our staff, community volunteers and contractors who work tirelessly all year round to fulfil and maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

Auckland Council Environment and Community Committee Chairperson Penny Hulse, commented, “The Green Flag Awards recognise Auckland as a great place to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Parks make a major contribution to our quality of life and have far-reaching social, environmental, economic and cultural benefits” she says.













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