Parks, Play and Open Spaces
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Parks Planning Masterclass Regional Events - September 2024

Recreation Aotearoa and Xyst have developed a Parks Planning Masterclass. The full day class is designed for both new and experienced parks planners, park managers, coordinators and anyone involved in the management and administration of reserves and open spaces.


Recreation Aotearoa is calling for nominations to join our board and help shape the future of the Recreation Industry in New Zealand.

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We are excited to unveil our enhanced ARPro accreditation programme, which comes into effect today.

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Since 2018, Recreation Aotearoa has been managing He Puna Korikori – the Outdoor Activity fund – on behalf of Sport NZ. The fund was set up to increase the engagement of underrepresented populations in outdoor recreation and activities. He Puna Korikori was a fixed-term initiative, and this round is the final year of funding.

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A record crowd attended the annual Recreation Aotearoa Parks Awards, held in Ōtautahi Christchurch last night. These awards are an opportunity to recognise the people, places and spaces within the New Zealand Parks, Play and Open Spaces industry. 

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Recreation Aotearoa has made, and continues to make, written submissions to dozens of Council Long Term Plans (LTPs), with comprehensive submissions made to the largest Councils. 

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Recreation Aotearoa is on a journey to providing a website that is accessible to all our members and recreation professionals across Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Recreation Sport Leisure Consultancy (RSL) have announced Global Leisure Group (GLG) have joined RSL, marking the beginning of a new chapter in sport and recreation consultancy in Aotearoa.

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We’re excited to announce our new partnership with Xyst! Xyst supports local government and other agencies with planning and management of parks, open spaces and community facilities. With 30 parks and recreation specialist consultants across Aotearoa, Australia and Canada, Xyst can help you with trees and trails to project and asset management – and everything in between. Find out more about Xyst ...

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Over the next 12 months the Recreation Aotearoa Board, supported by our Māori Navigation Group Te Kāhui Kura Māori will be undertaking a review of the Recreation Aotearoa Constitution to consider what changes might be required to further enact the organisation’s commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.