Neighbourhood reserves in the urban area

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Number and type of council-owned reserves in the urban area
Total area and types of council-owned reserves in the urban area
Hectares of Council-owned park/ reserves per 1000 residents (whole district)
Comparison with peer councils of hectares of council-owned park/ reserves per 1000 residents (whole district)
 

Purpose of indicator

Reserves in urban areas provide amenity and are places to enjoy outdoor space. They can serve as wildlife habitats, shelter and areas where ecosystem services take place. Monitoring reserves in the urban areas gives an indication as to whether enough land has been set aside for reserves for urban population, use and purpose.

Current information and trend

In 2011 there were 173 council-owned reserves in the urban area, covering a total of nearly 705 hectares. The most common type of council-owned reserve is recreation reserve (101) followed by undeclared reserve (38). An undeclared reserve is one where land is a reserve that for various reasons has not yet been gazetted. These are followed by local purpose esplanades (19) and other types of reserves (15) as shown in figure 1. Recreation reserves are also the greatest in area (almost 450 hectares) making up 64% of the total area of reserves in the urban area (figure 2).

The most recent addition to council-owned reserves was land vested during subdivision as reserves contributions. The reserve is now called Carroll Place Reserve. This reserve provides open space and amenity for residents of the adjoining and surrounding subdivision.

The hectares of park or reserves per 1000 residents (of the whole Rotorua district) is monitored and reported in ‘Yardstick’ annual reports. Since 2007 this number has increased from 12.13 ha to 21.93 ha, an increase of over 80%. This increase is a result of new reserves, and improvement in records of council-owned reserves assets. Rotorua compares favourably to councils of similar sized populations (as shown in figure 3) with nearly 23 hectares of reserve per 1000 population which is above the average of 13.34 ha. Data shown in figure 3 and table 1 are inclusive of the entire district, combining urban, rural and other areas.

 
Bar graph showing council-owned reserves in the urban area
Figure 1
Source: Rotorua Lakes Council
*Undeclared reserves are reserves that for various reasons have not been gazetted for a specific purpose. 
 
Pie graph showing council-owed reserves in the urban area
Figure 2
Source: Rotorua Lakes Council, 2011
*Undeclared reserves are reserves that for various reasons have not been gazetted for a specific purpose.
 
Bar graph showing Hectares of council-owned reserve per 1000 residents
Figure 3
Source: Yardstick Park Check Report, 2011
 
Peer Council​ Population​ ​Area (ha) per 1000 residents
Rotorua  65900​ ​21.93
New Plymouth​ 68898​ ​14.18
​Palmerston North 75543​ 7.83​
Whangarei​ 74463​ 15.02​
​Hastings 70842​ 7.76​
Average​ 71129​ ​13.34
Table 1
Source: Yardstick Park Check Report, 2011  
 

In Summary

  • There are 173 reserves in the urban area covering a total of nearly 705 hectares. 
  • The most common type of reserve in the urban area is recreation reserve (total of 101). 
  • Recreation reserves are also the greatest in area making up 64% of the total area of reserve land. 
  • Rotorua Lakes Council compares favourably to peer councils in area per 1000 residents (whole of district)
  • Area of hectares per 1000 residents has increased by over 80% since 2007 (whole of district) 
Page reviewed: 03 Jul 2019 10:11am