Pub­lic parks

Central Leader - - NEWS -

I agree with your re­cent cor­re­spon­dent over the trend to com­mer­cialise our pub­lic parks. While funds have to be raised to cover the care of parks, the free ac­cess, pas­sive recre­ation use and green ap­pear­ance should not be com­pro­mised.

The Uni­tary Plan that sets the gen­eral le­gal di­rec­tion to pro­tect th­ese ba­sic prin­ci­ples is not strong enough. Even con­ser­va­tion open space zones could be filled with reg­u­lar events, ad­ver­tis­ing and com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.

De­ci­sions are of­ten left to of­fi­cers with­out elected of­fi­cial and pub­lic in­put.

It is time park op­er­a­tion plans that guide th­ese de­ci­sions are made mean­ing­ful, trans­par­ent and avail­able for pub­lic in­put.

The Friends of Maun­gawhau are cam­paign­ing for greater trans­parency and more pub­lic en­gage­ment within the new Maunga Au­thor­ity.

This in­de­pen­dent co­gov­er­nance au­thor­ity will soon gov­ern the vol­canic cones of greater Auck­land.

This new or­gan­i­sa­tion is

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