Bay of Plenty National Park

our land, our people, our environment: our bay of plenty

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Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei

Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain

 

The first Regional National Park in New Zealand!…

Bay of Plenty National Park is inspired by great National Parks; it is part aspirational goal, part choosing how we live.

We believe the Bay of Plenty is mostly at a National Park status already, even where our towns and cities are based. There already exists spectacular natural beauty in our region, in our reserves, in our cities and in our suburbs. We want to encourage everyone to work together to protect and enhance our region’s natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage and live more sustainably.

Making our region…

  • greener – with more trees and plants

  • more sustainable – with more focus on local products and produce, minimising our waste and reducing our reliance on cars

  • with more biodiversity – more native plants and animals, with pest plants and animals reduced

  • a healthier place for people, plants and animals – our region is a better place to be for every living thing and every living thing is healthier because of it.

How…

Similar to the very successful London National Park City, this is not just about joining up everyone under a top-down agency, in fact the opposite. Bay of Plenty National Park would not have a traditional single top-down authority, instead a partnership and a large number of contributors. In our case this could become thousands of people. Existing Parks’ agencies in this case would simply see aspects of their work projected and occurring from the ground up, without the extra resource demand. Bay of Plenty National Park is all about recognising the ‘way we do things around here’ in New Zealand, and recognising the critical mass of people’s actions, community initiatives and those of respective community groups.

 

 

 

 

Growing a movement…

  • in partnership with tangata whenua and involving everyone – everyone has a part to play, no matter how small or big their contribution

  • connecting environmental/sustainability projects and initiatives – the goodworks currently happening all contribute to the same overarching goal; there is no right or wrong way to contribute to this goal

  • re-wilding streets and neighbourhoods – more natural habitat in more places

  • creating eco-corridors – connecting existing green spaces through the development of new green spaces to allow our wildlife to thrive and move more freely between them

  • recognising, preserving, enhancing, using and enjoying our green spaces – identifying the spaces around us and making them better and more usable

  • planting waterways – more planting to protect our waterways and provide habitat for wildlife and plant species

  • using Rongoā Māori/native plants to heal the land and us – planting the right plants in the right places as they would historically have existed to heal the whenua, and using these plants in traditional Māori medicine

  • creating sanctuaries for bees and other wildlife – recognising the important part bees and other insects have in our eco-system and encouraging a reduction in pesticide use so they can thrive

  • minimising waste – eliminating single-use plastics, dealing with foodwaste etc and minimising what is sent to landfill

  • encouraging active transport methods throughout the region

  • Biophilic principles for our cities and suburbs – deliberately building more nature into our built up environment to satisfy our inherent human inclination to affiliate with nature and the benefits this creates

What would it be like to live in the Bay of Plenty as a National Park?…

Fundamentally, like any park, Bay of Plenty National Park recognises both the daily reality of living on our planet as communities, but doing so alongside the value of urban life, habitats, landscapes, people and culture. The region would be a more connected place to be, and through the aspirational vision of the project get better every day.

An invitation…

  • to join us on this journey to greenness,

  • to connect more people to nature

  • to safeguard our environment, for everyone now and in the future.

  • to be a part of it

  • to join the movement