Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Waitakere Ranges Property Gifted To ARC

Auckland Regional Council
Media Release

Waitakere Ranges property gifted to ARC

15 November 2004

The Waitakere Ranges Protection Society will today formally gift a Waiatarua property to the Auckland Regional Council.

The formal handover of the land will take place during the first public forum at the ARC's monthly council meeting. This forum was introduced following the October local government elections and will be a regular feature of ARC full council meetings from today onwards.

The 0.244 hectare property at 71 Turanga Rd, Waiatarua, adjoins the Spragg Bush area of Waitakere Ranges Regional Park.

ARC Chairman Michael Lee says the Council is extremely grateful for the gift, which brings the total area of the regional parks network to 38,231.84 hectares.

"This land is a welcome addition to the park not only because it contains a stand of mature native forest," Cr Lee says.

"It will also make a major contribution towards protecting the landscape and scenic values of the area which could have been harmed by development.

"The fact that the Waitakere Ranges Protection Society was determined to purchase the land and see it added to the park to protect it from development speaks volumes about their practical commitment to the Waitakere Ranges."

The Society raised funds from more than 100 donors, including $25,000 from Waitakere City Council, to purchase the land for $72,000 in 2001.

"I thank the members of the Society, for their generous gift and I commend them for their ongoing contribution to the conservation and protection of the Waitakere Ranges." Cr Lee says the property will be managed as part of Waitakere Ranges Regional Park and will be protected in perpetuity.

ARC Parks and Heritage Committee Chair and Waitakere representative Sandra Coney says the gift of the Turanga Rd property highlights a significant ongoing issue for regional parks.

"We need to work throughout the regional parks network to protect park landscapes from the intrusion of nearby development," Cr Coney says.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: on the inquiry into the abuse of children in care

Apparently, PM Jacinda Ardern has chosen to exclude faith-based institutions from the government’s promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care.

Any role for religious institutions – eg the Catholic Church – would be only to observe and to learn from any revelations that arise from the inquiry’s self-limiting focus on state-run institutions… More


Gordon Campbell: On Jim Anderton
For anyone born after 1975, it is hard to grasp just how important a figure Jim Anderton was, for an entire generation.
During the mid to late 1980s, Anderton was the only significant public figure of resistance to the Labour government’s headlong embrace of Thatcherism...More>>


Gong Time: New Year's Honours List

Jacinda Ardern today congratulated the 179 New Zealanders named on the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

“Although this list was compiled and completed by the last government, it is a pleasure to welcome in the New Year by recognising exceptional New Zealanders,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“As an Aunty, I love reading books to my nieces, so it’s lovely to congratulate Joy Cowley, who is made a member of the Order of New Zealand today....More
Full list

Roads: National launches bid to save highway projects

The National Party has launched a series of petitions aimed at saving regional highway projects at risk because of the Government’s obsession with Auckland trams…More>>


Medical Cannabis: Bill Introduced to “ease suffering”

Health Minister Dr David Clark says making medicinal cannabis more readily available will help relieve the suffering of people who are dying in pain More>>


Campbell: On The Quest For Zero Net Carbon Emissions
Some would querulously ask, zero net carbon emissions by 2050 – while others would say, why not?


CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>





Featured InfoPages