Parks Leaders Forums

There is much evidence which demonstrates the benefits of our parks to environmental, economic and social health. With this in mind, the importance of sharing our experiences with other similar organisations, in order to move ahead as an industry, cannot be understated.
Parks Leaders Forums bring together senior park managers to share knowledge, skills, best practice and keep abreast of emerging issues affecting the parks sector. 


Parks management forums have recently been held in Auckland (11 February), and Wellington (15th February). An inaugural South Island Managers Forum scheduled for Christchurch on the 2nd March 2011 will be rescheduled for a later date.

The Auckland meeting was very successful and included organisations from Whangarei, New Plymouth, Tauranga and Rotorua, as planned after the super city merger. The Wellington meeting run by the Wellington Regional Strategy Group provided Parks Forum with good opportunity to profile its work.


February 2011: Auckland Regional Park Managers’ Forum


The Northern Regional Park Managers Forum in Auckland brought together senior park managers in the wider region to share and discusss common issues.


April 2009: Auckland Regional Park Managers’ Forum


The proposed amalgamation of Auckland’s city and regional councils into one ‘super city’ and the consequent implications for the region’s parks was the main agenda item for this seminar for Auckland park managers.  With one organisation being formed in place of seven councils and an implementation date of October 2010, this change has significant implications for parks and Parks Forum.

Auckland park managers determined that they would work together to ensure that amalgamation would result in better outcomes for parks, visitors and the broader community.


April 2009: Brisbane Regional Park Managers’ Forum


Parks Forum held a forum in Brisbane for Regional Parks Managers from local government agencies in South East Queensland to enable agencies to share some examples of their high quality management practices and discuss opportunities for further engagement and networking. Brisbane City Council (BCC) hosted the event.

Tantanoola Caves, image courtesy of Department for Environment and Natural Resources, SA