Pukekawa/Auckland Domain has again been recognized internationally as a world-class park, winning its fourth Green Flag Award for 2021.
The Green Flag Award scheme, introduced in Australasia in 2012, is an international quality mark for parks and green spaces, which assesses how well parks meet the needs of the local community.
The awards set a benchmark standard for recreational outdoor spaces worldwide, including criteria such as quality of service, safety, maintenance, community involvement and sustainability.
Chairman of the Auckland Domain Committee, Councilor Desley Simpson says it is great to see the hard work of our staff recognized on the world stage.
“This is the second year in a row that we have won the Green Flag Award, and it is a credit to Auckland and the people who work and maintain our wonderful Pukekawa / Auckland Domain.
“The estate is one of 24 parks in New Zealand and 31 in the Southern Hemisphere to receive a Green Flag Award for 2021.
“Pukekawa/Auckland Domain is a jewel in Auckland’s crown, and I’m proud of the team who are once again delivering top-notch services and spaces to Aucklanders.
“As governors of this beautiful area of Auckland, it is important that we maintain it at this excellent standard for all Aucklanders to enjoy for generations to come.”
There were a number of winning factors that secured the price for Pukekawa/Auckland Domain. The judges were delighted with the range of recreational facilities, saying they provide a diverse set of experiences for the community, with the quality amenity landscape being an invaluable asset to the town.
The judges were also won over by the management and upkeep of the Estate, impressed with the staff of entrepreneurs who take ownership of it, and who are committed and passionate about providing excellent public service to the people of Auckland.
Auckland Council’s parks services manager Mark Bowater said the Green Flag award was an important international benchmark for the council.
“The Green Flag Award recognizes and rewards parks and green spaces that provide innovative, high-quality recreational experiences to our communities.
“That’s exactly what we want to achieve with the estate, and it’s great to see that we’re doing it.
“Access to parks and open green spaces is critical to supporting happy and healthy communities, especially in high-density locations where open spaces can be hard to come by. Auckland Domain is unique not only for its size and location, but also for the many facilities it has on site.
“We know how much our parks mean to the people of Auckland and how popular the area is. It is therefore fantastic that this space is regularly recognized internationally.”