Auckland Growing Greener: In 2016 The Auckland Council set out their plan for a greener environment, an improved waste, and recyclable climate. A pretty full and comprehensive idea of where the goals are, and what the council want to achieve, what we have done is shed some light on the issues that may be of interest to homeowners in and around Auckland City and its suburbs.

Neighbourhood greenways (the new form of parks that we are seeing springing up everywhere), will let you move under your own steam and at your own pace between places such as schools, town centres, open spaces and transport hubs. Greenways are transport links focused on walking and cycling, providing on-street and trail links between these destinations as well as supporting recreational opportunities. Greenways also bring other opportunities and benefits, including connecting communities and exposing people to Auckland’s natural and cultural heritage.

Auckland Growing Greener, provides a structure where things like greenways could enhance biodiversity by acting as wildlife corridors or restoring ecological functions. These can often be referred to as wetlands, or where extreme water runoffs are between suburbs. Greenway plans have been driven from the ground up by community leaders and local boards, including Whau, Puketāpapa, Maungakiekie-Tāmaki and Waitematā. Plans are now being implemented by over a dozen local boards. A wider strategic collaboration involving the council, CCOs, local boards, the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority, mana whenua, trusts and corporate partners will ensure the growing network is connected, high quality, and delivers on-the-ground green infrastructure that will be well used and loved by all Aucklanders.

As more suburbs grow in and around Auckland, you will see more of these. This in turn could benefit your own gardens and green areas, improving the land and asset value of your property. The Auckland Growing Greener project offers many dimensions to Auckland’s future sustainability, and over the next few months we will drill down and see what benefits there are for our customers as we continue to develop.

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