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ARC And University In Land Partnership

For Immediate Release
August 7, 2001

The Auckland Regional Council and the University of Auckland have joined forces to bring Aucklanders access to a prime piece of land the University owns.

The University has asked the Auckland Regional Council to take over the management of the seven hectare block of land located at Anawhata, which adjoins the Auckland Regional Council parkland.

This means the land will be available for all Aucklanders to use as well as University staff and students.

“The partnership between the Auckland Regional Council and the University of Auckland demonstrates the benefits of sharing resources,“ says Councillor Bill Burrill, Chairman of the Auckland Regional Council Parks and Recreation Committee.

“Aucklanders have wonderful open spaces available for their use and I’m sure this land above Fisherman’s Rock will be enjoyed by many people,” says Councillor Burrill.

The land was gifted to the University in 1966 by a group of University academics.

The terms of the gift require the land to be preserved in its natural state and to be made available for any purposes of the University and for the recreational use of students and staff.

The University will continue to own the land which has two walking tracks and is covered in regenerating coastal vegetation but the Auckland Regional Council will pay the annual maintenance costs on the land.

The University will retain the right to access the land for scientific purposes and will have the discretionary right to retrieve control and management from the Auckland Regional Council after 20 years.
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