Green Flag Award

Want to find a fantastic park to visit? There are currently 23 Green Flag accredited parks and spaces in New Zealand.

The Green Flag Award® scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces around the world.

2018/19 Green Flag Award Winners

We want all of our parks in NZ to achieve the Green Flag standard - contact us if you think your local park deserves a Green Flag!

The benefits of winning a Green Flag Award®

Winning a Green Flag Award® brings with it a wealth of benefits, from the status of being affiliated with a prestigious awards programme through to tangible benefits such as boosting tourism and opening up revenue opportunities.

  • Showcasing your award - Each year, winners receive a Green Flag or Green Flag Community Award Flag. Those with Green Heritage Site Accreditation also receive a plaque to promote the status.
  • Enhanced pride and reputation - As the international standard for parks and green spaces, holding a Green Flag Award® brings with it a vast amount of prestige. It is also an excellent example of civic achievement and provides communities with a great sense of civic pride.
  • Improvement - Winning a Green Flag Award® visibly demonstrates to the local community that a clear improvement has been made to a site.
  • Regeneration - Improving facilities at a park/green space and engaging more with the local community can have a knock on effect to the regeneration of an area. Upgrading a site to achieve Green Flag status can, for example, bring about improvements to health and education, reduce crime and improve the general cleanliness of an area, whilst at the same time providing a boost to its profile.
  • Increasing tourism - Having a Green Flag Award® is an excellent attraction for tourism. Research shows that people will make special trips to award-winning sites. What's more, by holding popular events at your site, you will guarantee yourself repeat visits.
  • PR and marketing - Award winners have the opportunity to use the Green Flag Award® logos on all of their publicity and marketing materials, such as stationery, promotional literature, vehicles and uniforms. Winners are also provided with template press releases throughout the year that they can use as they wish.
  • Green Flag Award website - Every winner has their own dedicated page on the Green Flag Award® website. This is fully customisable and a whole range of content can be included, such as a description of the park/green space, contact information website address, facilities and events
Setting the Standards - Download the Green Flag Award Guidelines here or read through them below.

Current Green Flag Judges 2018/2019

Lindsay Weaver, Wayne Carlson, Birandra Singh, Steve Sutton, Stuart Leighton, Paul McDonald, Karl Nesbitt, Joby Barham, Steve Owens, Thomas Dixon, Micheline Newton, Mark Millar, Gus Flower, Duncan MacDougall, Kate Krawczyk, Andrea Jackson, Marie, Gordon, Kelly Crandle, Rhiann Collins, Hannah Chapman-Carr, Cameron Walker, Christine Wabllihare, Liza Whalley, Annetta Purdy, Ben Wolf, Mark Naude, Bill Wheeler, David Askin, Gordon Bailey, Jenn Brenden, Lyndsay Hyde


  • Exterior Signage $50
  • Roll Up Banner $200
  • Exterior Flag $350
  • Lamp post banner $POA

It would be good to see New Zealand covered with Green Flag Awards! For more information to register for a Green Flag Award please contact our Parks and Open Spaces Programme Manager, Karl Nesbitt on 027 697 2004 or

What is the Green Flag Award

Green Flag Award Judging

Green Flag Award Judging Criteria

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