NPDC launches Parks Week photo competition

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Get snap-happy in some of our lesser-known parks and reserves, and be in to win!

As part of Parks Week, NPDC is encouraging locals to spread their wings and hunt out public parks that they might not have visited before.

“We’ve got 1,600 hectares of parks and reserves throughout the district but we’re creatures of habit and we tend to stick to the big ones, like Pukekura Park, and those nearest home. With this competition, we’re giving people a prompt to visit some of our parks that they might not even know about,” says Manager Parks and Open Spaces Conrad Pattison.

“We have heaps of cool public spaces from Tongapōrutu to Tariki. Pick a few to visit and make it a fun family activity.”

NPDC is giving away two family passes to the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre. To enter the competition, take a photo of yourself at one of the listed parks and reserves and send it to NPDC through Facebook Messenger (along with your name, email address and phone number). Each photo submitted is a single entry.

Entries close on 15 March, after which the two winners will be contacted by email.

Hundreds of organisations across Australia and New Zealand are holding events to celebrate the vital role that parks play in creating liveable cities and thriving communities. Parks Week 2023 (6-12 March) is focusing on how spending time in our parks and open spaces improves our wellbeing.

Locations for NPDC’s photo competition

  • Tongapōrutu Reserve – Three Sisters.
  • Yandle Park stone seats, Urenui.
  • Lepperton War Memorial Reserve, Manutahi Rd, Lepperton.
  • Donaldson’s Rose Garden, Pukekohe Domain, Waitara.
  • Marine Park tuna boardwalk, Waitara.
  • Gardenia Avenue playground, Bell Block.
  • Waipu lagoons, Ellismere Avenue, Bell Block.
  • Hempton Rose Garden yew trees, Hempton Street, New Plymouth.
  • Marsland Hill/Pukaka Kibby Carillon bells, New Plymouth.
  • Sea mine, Coastal Walkway, New Plymouth.
  • Millstones, Huatoki Walkway (near Red Coat Lane), New Plymouth.
  • Pioneer Monument, Hakirau Street, New Plymouth.
  • Miritatana Reserve sign, Heta Road, New Plymouth.
  • Cowling Seat, Rotokare/Barrett Domain, New Plymouth.
  • Mishima torii gate, Japanese Hillside, Pukekura Park, New Plymouth.
  • Kunming Garden moon gate, Brooklands Park, New Plymouth.
  • Marfell Community Garden, Endeavour Street, New Plymouth.
  • Dean Park memorial seat, Upjohn Street, New Plymouth.
  • Ainsley Street playground, New Plymouth.
  • Founders Reserve planting memorial, Pembroke Street, New Plymouth.
  • Herekawe Walkway tunnel, Back Beach, New Plymouth.
  • Victor Davies Park old railway line plaque, New Plymouth.
  • Matakai Reserve sign, Tasman Parade, Ōākura.
  • Okato community skate park, Ōkato.
  • Stony River swing bridge, Ōkato.
  • Lake Mangamahoe swing bridge.
  • PG Nops Scenic Reserve swing bridge, Inglewood.
  • Windsor Walkway, Joe Gibbs Reserve, Inglewood.
  • Pukeho Domain playground, Tarata.
  • ANZAC monument, Tariki Domain.

Fast facts

NPDC looks after 82km of walkways, 16ha of gardens, 50 playgrounds, eight skateparks, 24 sports parks and 316 monuments.