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