Atiu Creek, NZ
Originally cleared for cattle grazing with some mixed stands of forestry, Atiu Creek Farm was gifted to the Auckland Regional Council by Jackie and Pierre Chatelanat who wanted to ensure that all New Zealanders could enjoy access to the Kaipara Harbour, and that the cultural and heritage values of the area would be protected.
Atiu Creek Regional Park officially opened to the public in 2008. The Auckland Regional Council is developing the park as a countryside Regional Park, managed and operated on the principles of protection, preservation and enhancement of its natural and cultural values. At 847 ha, it's Auckland's third largest Regional Park but remains quite unknown to Aucklanders.
The park is a patchwork of countryside park pasture, groves of mature exotic trees and native bush. Three nationally threatened bird species; the NZ dabchick, brown teal, and the North Island brown kiwi live at the park and the area also has intact areas of coastal forest which are now rare nationally.
In 2015, Greenfleet and NZ supporters Cardlink planted 1,000 native trees to help with an ongoing reforestation program in the park.
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