Park pro­tec­tions

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Welling­ton City Coun­cil has strength­ened pro­tec­tion of the city’s parks and re­serves, in­clud­ing for­est rem­nants in Tawa.

Ma­jor sec­tions of the hills that make up the Outer Green Belt, be­hind Tawa, Broad­mead­ows, Khan­dal­lah, Ngaio, Karori, Brook­lyn and Owhiro Bay have been given re­serve pro­tec­tion un­der the Re­serves Act, that un­til now had been pre­sumed.

The move comes af­ter a pro­ject to tidy up the clas­si­fi­ca­tion of a num­ber of parks and re­serves.

Some notable pro­tec­tions in­clude for­est rem­nants in Tawa, es­pe­cially the Wilf Mexted, Red­wood Bush and Wood­burn re­serves, as well as sports­grounds in the sub­urb.

Over the past few years, WCC has agreed to clas­sify or re­clas­sify more than half the city’s parks and re­serves, or about 2000 hectares, to give them greater pro­tec­tion un­der the Re­serves Act.

The coun­cil’s nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment port­fo­lio leader, coun­cil­lor He­lene Ritchie, said the changes rep­re­sented a ma­jor ad­vance in pro­tect­ing Welling­ton’s green im­age.

‘‘I’m de­lighted that we have given ex­tra pro­tec­tion to these im­por­tant ar­eas, which not only adds to our re­serves net­work but fur­ther bol­sters Welling­ton’s green im­age. I also hope to ex­tend these pro­tec­tions even more in the com­ing months with a spe­cial em­pha­sis in the north­ern growth man­age­ment plan.’’

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