Reserves in the rural area

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Number and type of council-owned reserves in the rural area

Total area and types of council-owned reserves in the rural 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 rural areas provide amenity and areas for sports recreation. They are important social places and can serve as wildlife habitats and shelter, and areas where ecosystem services take place. Monitoring reserves in the urban areas gives an indication as to whether or not enough land has been set aside for reserves for rural population, use and purpose.

 

Current information and trend

In 2011 there were 120 council-owned reserves in the rural area, covering a total of nearly 660 hectares. The most common type of council-owned reserve is recreation reserve (60) followed by local purpose esplanade (28), and undeclared reserve (21). An undeclared reserve is one where land is a reserve that for various reasons has not yet been gazetted. These are followed by other types of reserves (11) as shown in figure 1. While recreation reserves are the most numerous, undeclared reserves cover a larger area (almost 330 hectares) making up 50% of the total area of reserves in rural areas (figure 2).

Hectares of park or reserves per 1000 residents (of the whole Rotorua district) are 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 improving records of council-owned reserves assets. Rotorua compares favourably to councils of similar sized populations as shown in table 1, with nearly 23 hectares of reserve per 1000 population, which is above the average of 13.34 ha. Figures shown in figure 3 and table 1 are inclusive of the entire district, combining urban, rural and other areas.

 
Chart of council-owned reserve in the rural area
Figure 1
Source: Rotorua Lakes Council
*Undeclared reserves are reserves that for various reasons have not been gazetted for a specific purpose.
 
Chart of Area council-owned reserves covered in the rural area
Figure 2
Source: Rotorua Lakes Council
*Undeclared reserves are reserves that for various reasons have not been gazetted for a specific purpose.
 
Chart for Council-owned reserves 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 120 reserves in the rural area, covering a total of nearly 660 hectares. 
  • The most common type of reserve is recreation reserve (60). 
  • Undeclared reserves cover the largest area (almost 330 hectares) making up 50% of area of reserves in rural area 
  • Area of hectares per 1000 residents has increased by over 80% since 2007 (whole of district) 
  • Rotorua Lakes Council compares favourably to peer councils in area of reserve per 1000 residents (whole of district)
 

 
Page reviewed: 03 Jul 2019 10:12am