AUCKLAND GETS ISLAND RESERVE
Auckland has received its first island regional park. Announced by the Auckland City Council, Browns Bay will be the city’s newest regional park. Friends of Regional Parks applauded the Auckland Council’s decision, saying Browns Island will add to the region’s chain of priceless parks along the coast. The new reserve would open up a number of recreational opportunities such as boating, day walking and camping. There will be opportunities for volunteers to restore the ecology of the island which was ravaged by recent scrub and grass fires.