Auckland Council leads the way in park management, winning two of the four national prizes at the New Zealand Park Awards.

We are delighted to see the hard work of our teams recognised at a national level, says Mark Bowater, head of park services.

“Having our world-class parks recognised with national awards is something all Aucklanders can be proud of”.

Centennial Park in the North Shore suburb of Campbells Bay took out the Healthy Park Award. The judges commented that the 74-hectare park ‘ticked all the boxes as to what your ideal park should look like’.

“This award is a real reflection of the mahi (work) that the Parks Services team do with community groups in Campbells Bay,” says Mark.

Overseeing and empowering community involvement in predator control has played a key role in the management of Centennial Park and he acknowledges the collaboration with the Centennial Park Bush Society.

“They have been phenomenal in tree planting, predator control and restoring the water catchment area that runs through the park. This win is a tribute to their efforts as well.”

Centennial Park key facts:

  • One of Auckland’s biggest urban parks (just 5-hectares smaller than Auckland Domain and 10-hectares larger than Auckland Botanic Gardens.
  • Home to more than 35 different bird species.
  • More than 175 species of native plants.
  • Heritage sites including bunkers and a gum diggers hut.
  • High community engagement with family a regular bush camp, pest control, beach clean-ups school holiday activities and maintenance working bees.
  • The bush camps provide opportunities for families to experience camping, nature walks, bug hunts, harakeke (flax) weaving, storytelling and more.

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