Parks Plan - Background Information
Why does Greater Wellington have a Parks Network Plan?
As responsible managers of public land, it is essential that Greater Wellington has guidelines for current and future generations on how our parks are cared for, managed and used. By developing these plans through a process that involves the public, we can reach an agreement between Greater Wellington and the public on how these lands will be managed.
Portions of the parks are held under the Reserves Act. This legislation makes management plans a statutory requirement and sets out a process for their development and review.
Which parks are included in the Parks Network Plan?
The parks network plan includes the following areas: Battle Hill Farm Forest Park, Belmont Regional Park, East Harbour Regional Park, Kaitoke Regional Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, Akatarawa Forest, Pakuratahi Forest and the Wainuiomata Recreation Area.
The Hutt River Trail is managed by Greater Wellington’s Flood Protection team as part of the Hutt River Flood Management Plan and will not be included in the review.
Baring Head, Whitireia Park and Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Park are not included at this stage. Baring Head will be included as part of East Harbour Regional Park, in an amendment to the management plan. Management planning for Whitireia Park is yet to be discussed with the new board. Greater Wellington is working with a number of organisations including Department of Conservation, local iwi, Greater Wellington and other councils to develop a management regime for Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Park (lakes Wairarapa and Onoke).
I’m only interested in one park! Does the Parks Network Plan cover my park of interest?
Within the Parks Network Plan there are chapters which give details about each park and any park specific policies. These provide a further level of detail to the general policies in the plan. For understanding what you can or cannot do in a particular park, and the process for considering new activities in the park, refer to the section on rules for use and development.
When does the plan take effect?
For the majority of land, the plan took effect on the 1 January 2011.
When Council approved the plan, they also agreed that the provisions relating to the proposed wind farm access road and ancillary underground services in Battle Hill Farm Forest Park required further consultation. In January-February 2011 the public were given the opportunity to submit on this issue. In March 2011 these submissions were heard by a subcommittee of independent persons, who are currently preparing a report for Council.