A profitable evening on the annual New Zealand Parks Awards for Auckland Council has been topped off with Neighborhood Ranger Glenn Browne being named Parks Particular person of the 12 months.
Welcoming the award, Mark Bowater, Head of Auckland Council Parks acknowledged “Glenn has performed a large function this yr together with his Ranger Glenn persona and the engagement with younger folks has been enormous.
“He created a sequence of on-line movies over the primary lockdown which grew to become massively widespread, and this yr he has been the face of our Pest Free Auckland social media marketing campaign which has been an exceptional success.”
Delighted at being named Parks Particular person of the 12 months by Recreation Aotearoa, Browne commented “I’m thrilled. I like serving to folks have interaction with nature and play an energetic function in caring for the environment.”
Noting that his focus is on serving to the subsequent technology change into guardians, he added “our tamariki (youngsters) and mokopuna (grandchildren) are those who would be the future leaders for our nation. If we assist them perceive the significance of our parks and native ngahere (forest), then all of us profit.”
Browne acknowledges that the award isn’t about what he does, however relatively he’s merely shining a lightweight on the arduous work of his colleagues in a means that’s chatting with younger folks, he added “with out the superb job that every one the rangers and volunteers do in our parks, there can be no Ranger Glenn.”
Alongside Browne’s win, Auckland Botanic Gardens gained the Wholesome Park of the 12 months Award whereas a 3rd award scooped by Auckland Council went to the newly accomplished Kopupaka Reserve in Westgate which was named Playground of the 12 months.
Auckland Botanic Gardens’ win acknowledged its innovation, excellence, sustainability and neighborhood engagement.
One of many high locations in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland Botanic Gardens follows sustainable horticulture practices, together with aiming for spray-free gardening, utilizing natural mulch and compost produced on web site and utilizing a mixture of minimal mowing strategies and rising meadows to take care of the grounds.
The newly accomplished Kopupaka Reserve has been developed to serve the rising neighborhood and has a nod to its former use as a strawberry subject, with the playground together with a custom-designed play tower that represents orchard crates.
Councillor Alf Filipaina, who’s the Chair of the Parks, Arts, Neighborhood and Occasions Committee stated the three awards characterize the unimaginable work of a whole lot of employees, contractors and volunteers.
He acknowledged “I be part of with all of Auckland in congratulating all of the employees from each Park Providers and Neighborhood Amenities whose arduous work have resulted in some stunning parks for us all to get pleasure from.
“I particularly need to acknowledge the way in which all of them went about their work whereas we had been in lockdown final yr. Their mahi meant we might all hold wholesome and effectively whereas we had been preventing off COVID-19.”
The New Zealand Parks Awards are run by Recreation Aotearoa and search to recognise excellence, innovation, effectiveness and excellent areas and locations that help exercise inside the recreation sector.
Picture (from left): Hannah Chapman-Carr, Senior Parks Challenge Specialist with Wholesome Park Award; Glenn Browne, Neighborhood Ranger with Parks Particular person of the 12 months Award; Greer Clark, Senior Challenge Supervisor; and Nina Rattray, Principal Panorama Architect with Playground of the 12 months Award.
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