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Twelve New Reserves Planned For City

April 24, 2002

Auckland City is to rezone 12 sites for open space, many of them coastal, as part of a “greening Auckland” programme.

Councillor Juliet Yates, chairperson of the City Development committee, says the council has acquired the land for rezoning as open space in the district plan.

She says there are seven new esplanade reserves that consist of strips of land along the coast or beside streams, sometimes called the Queen’s Chain.

“Under the Resource Management Act the council can take esplanade reserves where sites with riparian rights are subdivided or redeveloped,” she said.

“Seen as a single site a new esplanade reserve may appear to be only a minor asset. But if you add the proposed new sites to our current sites, the seven new sites in total represent a great step forward in securing public access to, and enjoyment of, our coastline.

“This also means that formerly neglected areas, which on inspection were used as rubbish tips, will be cleaned up and native coastal plants will be established.”

Councillor Yates said the council had also acquired other non-coastal land for rezoning as open space land under the district plan.

“The rezoning of St Johns Bush, in Meadowbank, is the final step in gaining public use of a unique gully, historically planted with an amazing collection of significant trees.

“The trees are both exotic and native specimens, with an under layer of ferns and a surprising number of less well-known native plants.

“Overall, the effect is that of a rain forest with its high canopy.

“This reserve, so close to the city centre, is a great acquisition for the people of Auckland and its visitors,” she said.

Councillor Yates said the council’s “greening” programme represented a lot of planning and consultation with the community.

Matters concerning these issues were reported to relevant committees and statutory authorities on a regular basis, she said.

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