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Rodney local parks management plan

Closed for feedback

About the Rodney local parks management plan

This consultation closed on 30 August 2019. Thank you for having your say.

We received 219 feedback submissions about the Rodney Local Parks Management Plan.

These included:

  • 97 online submissions through Have Your Say and our online map tool
  • 14 emails
  • 19 hard-copy feedback forms or postcards.

Key feedback themes across all Rodney local parks

  • Most people valued Rodney local parks as informal recreation spaces.
  • Access and connectivity of Rodney’s local park network was also very important to people.

Other notable themes

Commercial or legal

  • Some community groups requested formal leases with the council and clarity over the types of uses allowed in local parks.
  • A small number of people were concerned about protecting public access to reserves when informal access was on private land.
  • Some suggested allowing food vendors at busy local parks in summer.

Vehicles and parking

  • Some were concerned about public safety when pedestrians and cars shared confined space.
  • Some thought using parks for long-term parking was inappropriate use of park land.
  • Some wanted overflow parking areas to manage periods of high demand and to allow emergency access to the reserves.
  • Others felt freedom camping was ruining the experience for others in local parks.

Community character

  • Many people used emotive language to explain why local parks were vital to their local community such as "Tapora is a very tight-knit isolated community who have a proud history of farming".
  • There was a proposal to ban alcohol to reduce anti-social behaviour in some local parks.


  • Warkworth was considered to have a strong heritage, particularly in parks along the river way and the potential to improve tourism.
  • There was a call for more heritage preservation at Riverhead Historial Mill Esplanade Reserve.
  • Mana Whenua cherished Omeru Scenic Reserve for its significant pa settlement, history, waterfall and wildlife.

Access to water

Increasing numbers of people are visiting Rodney to enjoy swimming, boating and its wildlife. This put pressure on access to the coast in many locations, especially where there are boat ramps, good beaches or coastal walkways.

Get a copy of the feedback summary

​What happens next

We will use your feedback, together with information received from informal meetings with stakeholders, to help us draft the Rodney Local Parks Management Plan.
​Rodney has more than 300 parks and open spaces, from beaches and bush-covered reserves to sports fields and playgrounds.

We are developing a Local Parks Management Plan for the area to reflect what you value about your parks, and how you use them.

The Rodney Local Parks Management Plan will cover:

  • the private use of parkland
  • sea level rise and coastal erosion
  • protecting the natural environment
  • leasing and licensing parks
  • changing habits for sport and play
  • improving park quality to serve the needs of the whole community
  • improving opportunities for all ages and abilities
  • recognising different park uses.

Have your say on the Rodney local parks management plan

We would like to hear your thoughts on what we should consider as we draft the plan.

We want to make sure the plan fits with what the community values in its local parks, and how people would like to use and enjoy parks in the future.

Throughout the process, we will be working closely with:

  • sports clubs and community groups
  • schools
  • volunteer groups
  • mana whenua.

You can read more about local parks management plans on the Local parks management plans page.

When you can have your say

You can have your say from 3 July to 30 August 2019.

​This consultation closed on 30 August 2019.

Thank you for having your say on the Rodney local parks management plan.

We are currently analysing your feedback and using this to inform our draft plan.

Once we have drafted the plan, you'll have a chance to provide feedback again.

You can read more about local parks management plans on the Local parks management plans page.