Community wellbeing for our residents and visitors is a primary focus for the Council. The benefit of access to green spaces is well known, and we want to ensure that everyone who lives in our District, or anyone visiting us, has easy access to our fantastic parks and open spaces.
Ours is a unique part of New Zealand – one that, as locals, we know boasts a rich heritage shaped by rugged ranges, vast valley plains, and a stunning coastline.
Our shared connection to these natural spaces is further enhanced with a network of parks and sporting facilities, that encourages us to explore and enjoy these areas – from historic Queen Elizabeth Park at the centre of Masterton, to our riverside recreational trails and Henley Lake, and our spectacular coast. The areas we enjoy today reflect the spaces traditionally occupied by Rangitāne and Kahungunu – between the Waingawa, Waipoua, and Ruamāhanga Rivers, and the along the coast.
This Strategy explores how we can best protect and develop our parks, facilities, and open spaces in a way that reflects mana whenua values, including kaitiakitanga of the natural environment and whakapapa of the area. It recognises and provides for recreational and cultural opportunities to enhance Māori wellbeing and, through that, the wellbeing our broader community.
A thriving community needs resilient, healthy parks, sustainable environments, and healthy biodiversity. Our Strategy sets the direction for us to protect and enhance these taonga today, and for future generations.
‘Our parks are healthy, resilient, and connected; they enhance the wellbeing of our present and future communities and connect our people with nature’.