Discover our open spaces

Informal public survey.

Centennial Park (Jaycee) - Kaitaia

Council is mapping the district’s open spaces and sharing that information via a new online resource the public can use to explore parks, reserves and playgrounds in detail.

The GIS (graphic information systems) database is presented as a layered map that gives an immediate visual understanding of the extent and location of spaces managed by the Council.

We are inviting residents to look at open spaces where they live and to explore what else is on offer nearby.

Our informal survey invites users to share their experiences of these open spaces. Your responses will help us learn more about how people currently use the spaces and gather information about how they have been used in the past. 

Explore the map

Tell us how you use Far North's open spaces

Shall we keep you informed about this work? * (required)

Select your age group




Do you represent a group or organisation?

This is about your use of the Far North's open spaces. Please refer to the associated web map to answer these questions.
Did you know about the reserves in your area?

What are your main uses of these spaces (select 3)










  1. Sarah Bingham
    Council should aim to preserve as much land as possible to allow unstructured use for walking, dog walking cycling etc and open up access to waterfronts
    1. Rachael Pull
      I'd love to hear more about how you see us preserving access to waterfronts. Please feel free to fill in the feedback form above - this will all help improve how we manage our parks and reserves.
  2. Patau Tepania
    How was our Whanau land made into a reserve when council don’t own it! And if you do?? Please prove it! Show me the change of title? You have my email address now! Thanks!
    1. Rachael Specialist Planner - Urban Design
      I've emailed you today with what I've found and am looking forward to working this through with you. Thanks for responding.
  3. Tracy Dalton
    Access information at reserves confirming public have the right to access - especially beach frontage and access across property to swimming water holes/ Lake Omapere.
  4. Jacqueline Clendon
    How are FNDC protecting our tribal access / Lot 4 which has recently been resurveyed by the bordering property owner which FNDC are well aware of? What have they done about it, is the property owners new survey correct? Does it allign with FNDC cadastral maps? When will FNDC address the current RFS requests & follow ups regarding this?
    1. Rachael Specialist Planner - Urban Design
      I would like to work with you on this. I've sent you an email, so let me know when you are free in the New Year.
  5. Sharon Greig
    Perhaps you could reorder the description menu and put the commonly known place name first?

    But in general, it's really cool map to see. I notice the Administrating Body is not filled in in the description menu?
    1. Rachael Specialist Planner - Urban Design
      Thankyou for the feedback. This is a work in progress, and as we improve the accuracy of our information we hope to be able to incorporate this information.
  6. Jane Johnston
    You haven't provided any reason for this work by the Council. The map you've provided on-line is incomplete (e.g. it doesn't include areas the public knows are gazetted as reserve) and it is inaccurate (e.g. it includes a reserve that has already had its status revoked and has been sold for to a private, commercial development), and it doesn't show some formerly reserve land that had its status revoked and divested to FNHL for uncertain/not-transparent reasons). Nor does the map indicate potential future reserves, arising form subdivision pressure that can be expected to require the establishment of reserves. The map doesn't provide legal names, nor the common names for gazetted reserves - making it potentially difficult for users to accurately identify what is and what is not included in the Map. Nor does it distinguish between the different types of reserve. This exercise appears to be part of some internal process (i.e. not requested by Ratepayers or submitters to any formal planning process), and as its purpose is not clear (is uncertain), it raises a question as to if officers are hoping this exercise will result in the identification of reserves to be revoked and to be sold. It is disingenuous of our Council to run a survey exercise such as this, without transparency as to what it is you are working on exactly and why.
    1. Jacqueline Rewha Clendon
      I agree with you as the status on Oke bay scenic reserve was revoked yet FNDC still class it scenic reserve? How so?
      It is as if fndc are trying to make the public recognise these areas as reserves so they can then tick a box!
    2. Rachael Specialist Planner - Urban Design
      Happy New Year Jane.
      I will get back to you with answers before the end of the week.
    3. Rachael Specialist Planner - Urban Design
      Happy New Year Jane
      It seems we’re on the same page when it comes to Far North reserves.
      We are working hard to gather data and feedback needed to better manage our reserves and open spaces, as well as to meet our statutory requirements. We are currently undertaking work to fully and accurately identify open spaces in our District. When that data set is complete, we will be able to manage reserve land on behalf of the public more efficiently and do our future planning more effectively.
      Given Far North population projections, I doubt we will find we have excessive number of reserves in the district. However, we can’t say that definitively until we have completed the analysis you mention.
      Despite our best efforts, the information isn’t perfect yet. If there are current details you see as incorrect, please let me know. I’d rather find out at this stage than later on, when documents based on this information (like Reserve Management Plans) are out for consultation.
      Which brings me to the purpose of this webpage – we are trying something new here. We are trying to be transparent with the public from the beginning of the process, and we’re inviting feedback in an open manner. The benefit of this approach is that the public can start getting benefit from the information straight away and not be waiting for a final document or map. It also gives us flexibility to change or improve details that people have pointed out to us on this page.
  7. Jane Johnston
    Council has been actively divesting itself of Reserves (following revocation of reserve status) this past decade. It has done so in an absence of any analysis of future demand or future opportunities and/or risks to communities in relation to the reserves, and in absence of any analysis as per the "purpose" of the Reserves Act. Ratepayers Associations are opposed to any encroachment by private interests, onto finite, scare public space 'reserves'. We ask that Council diligently perform its proper function under the Reserves Act, and focus on protecting these all reserves for the benefit and use of the public, in accordance with the Reserves Act, and other statute presribing requirements for the full variety of reserves in NZ. We also ask that you do more to secure additional reserves, particularly to enable access to the coast and marine environment, and the margins of streams, rivers and lakes, as well as to the Conservation estate.
  8. anthony atkinson
    I have exceptionally good photo's to share but not as loosely as with this email
    1. Rachael Specialist Planner - Urban Design
      Thank you, that would be great. Could you email me a time and a Council office that would work for you? That way I can also confirm if you would be comfortable in us using them.
      Happy New year