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

 


Rotorua District Council gets international Green Flag Award


Rotorua District Council gets international Green Flag Award for The Redwoods

ROTORUA 30.01.13: Rotorua District Council’s (RDC) parks and reserves are clearly amongst the country’s best and can hold their own on the international stage.

That’s the call from Mayor Kevin Winters following yesterday’s [29 January] announcement that The Redwoods/Tokorangi Forest is the recipient of an international Green Flag Award in the programme’s inaugural year in Australia and New Zealand.

The Parks Forum’s Green Flag Award is a worldwide programme which assesses the quality of parks across a number of categories, including safety, quality of the facilities, management of the environment and historical features, and as great places for people to play and recreate.

Mr Winters said The Redwoods was one of only 12 southern hemisphere Green Flag Award recipients, seven from New Zealand and five from Australia.

“Getting this prestigious award comes on top of a long list of national and regional awards for RDC last year, and further endorses Rotorua’s reputation as having some of the best parks and reserves in New Zealand. It’s another indication that our council is performing up with the best in the country.

“I’m really pleased that RDC has achieved international recognition for the fantastic work our team does in managing The Redwoods on behalf of our community.”

Rotorua District Council’s Parks & Recreation manager Garry Page and council landscape architect Joby Barham are both accredited judges for the scheme. Mr Page has been involved in pilot trials that saw the scheme introduced to the southern hemisphere this year while Mr Barham was a judge and assessed the Karangahake Gorge Green Flag entry.

Mr Page said healthy, well managed parks mean healthier communities, and the Green Flag Award shows which parks are setting the standard.

“It’s great to see The Redwoods/Tokorangi Forest recognised formally on the world stage. Local visitors, as well as national and international tourists can be sure that they will be visiting a truly great park.

“Congratulations in particular to Redwoods Forest & Visitor Centre manager Julianne Wilkinson and her great team. They put in a huge amount of hard work behind the scenes to ensure our forest is available for recreational use, and much of the credit for this award should go to them for their dedication and professionalism.”

David Clark, Melbourne-based CEO of Green Flag accreditation agency Parks Forum congratulated Rotorua District Council on their award.

“Our parks provide a window to the natural environment and in a highly urbanised society parks are more important than ever,” he said.

The 12 Australian and New Zealand parks which have been announced as winners of international Green Flag awards this week are:

· The Redwoods/Tokorangi, Rotorua District Council, NZ

· Tapapakanga Regional Park, Auckland Council, NZ

· Ambury Regional Park, Auckland Council, NZ

· Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton City Council, NZ

· Karangahake Gorge, Department of Conservation, NZ

· Parihaka Scenic Reserve, Whangarei District Council, NZ

· Timber Trail Pureora-Orangue, Department of Conservation, NZ

· Phillip Island Nature Parks, Australia

· Centennial Park, Centennial Park and Moore Trust, Sydney, Australia

· Hyde Park, City of Sydney, Australia

· Fitzroy Gardens, City of Melbourne, Australia

· Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Parks and Gardens Authority, WA, Australia

[ENDS]

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

#SaveCampbellLive : Mediaworks Delivered 104,000 Petition Signatures At TV3's Newton HQ
#PonyTailGate #TailGate Full Coverage

Pukeahu Park : ANZAC 100th Anniversary Dawn Service In Pictures

Roughly 18,000 people gathered this morning at Pukeahu Memorial Park for the Anzac day centenary. Anticipating the large turnout, patrons arrived as early as 4.30. It was virtually impossible to get near the Memorial after 5am. By 6, the crowds on Taranaki Street had stretched as far back as the Z Petrol station.

The screens erected around the park displayed the live events to those who had turned up. The heat generated by the huge number of people caused many to take a turn. Medics and ambulances were on hand for the fainting crowd members. Only twenty minutes into the ceremony, one medic said they had already dealt with 15 to 20 spells. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

War: What’s To Commemorate?

Gordon Campbell in Werewolf: Is there anything that can be validly commemorated on this 100th anniversary of Gallipoli? Beyond, that is, a fleeting sense of empathy with the thousands of soldiers killed or wounded on April 25 1915 and in the months thereafter, until the whole thing was finally called off in December 1915. More>>

MORE IN WEREWOLF:

ALSO:

Peter Ellis Case: Minister Declines Request For Commission Of Inquiry

Justice Minister Amy Adams has declined a request from supporters of Peter Ellis for a Commission of Inquiry on the basis that an inquiry cannot be used to determine the liability of any person. More>>

Quakes: New Process For Red Zone Crown Offers

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a process to give everyone a say on the Crown offers to owners of vacant, commercial/industrial and uninsured properties in the Residential Red Zone. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Battle Obama Is Waging Over The TPP

For the past two and a half years, this column has been arguing that the fate of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will hinge on whether US President Barack Obama can win Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from Congress... Last week, the White House finally, finally unveiled a draft TPA Bill. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Govt Breaks Free Doctors Visit Promise To Kids

Documents obtained by the Green Party show that the Government decided to fund only 90 percent of doctors’ visits for children suffering from an injury in an attempt trim the cost of the so-called “free” visits. More>>

ALSO:

Other Wars: Extension Of NZDF Commitment In Afghanistan

The New Zealand Defence Force’s commitment of mentors and support staff to the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Afghanistan has been extended out to December 2016, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

PM's Press Conference: Auckland Property Prices Increasing "Too Rapidly"

John Key accepted that Auckland property prices 'are going up too rapidly” in a press conference held today in Wellington, however he said that this is not anything new. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: ANZAC PMs Concerned About ISIL Bringing The War Home

Prime Minister Key and Prime Minister Abbott spoke of the bond formed between Australia and New Zealand in the “baptism of fire” of Gallipoli. Abbott stated that New Zealand and Australia’s values and interests are linked, and this is reflected in the joint operation in Iraq which will begin shortly. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news