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.’’