To: New Zealand House of Representatives, Prime Minister

Save our Reserves

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Save our Reserves

We ask that the government not use parks, sports fields and public reserves for housing.

Selling New Zealand public green space is short-sighted, undemocratic and privatisation of the ‘commons’. Public reserves should not be used as commercial property.

Why is this important?

Valuable public open spaces are now under threat from this Government, which wants to carve up and sell our parks for housing developments.

Once it’s sold, it’s gone forever.

Save Our Reserves (SOR) emerged as a response to a proposed housing development on Point England Reserve, Auckland. We thought this reserve would be a reserve forever. It’s a wonderful open space with rural character, playing fields and endangered birds. However the Government plans to sell 11.69 hectares (28.88 acres) of the land to Ngāti Paoa (or other developers) for a housing development as part of their Treaty settlement. We support iwi in getting fair treaty settlement but do not agree to public reserves being used as commercial property.

We realise that this sets a dangerous precedent for other reserves, and have formed a group to help other communities who will face similar losses under this Government. This petition is a push back to say NO to housing on parks, sports fields and public reserves across New Zealand so communities don’t have to fight individual battles. We don’t want central government forcing local councils to rezone public open space for housing.

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Reasons for signing

  • Obvious to most
  • Typical National Govt. short term gain, long term pain. It's all about money and IWI not KIWI
  • I want to help save our much needed reserves


2017-04-20 21:35:54 +1200

1,000 signatures reached

2017-04-15 08:45:42 +1200

500 signatures reached

2017-04-11 16:03:22 +1200

100 signatures reached

2017-04-08 13:42:55 +1200

50 signatures reached

2017-04-03 17:17:47 +1200

25 signatures reached

2017-03-25 11:14:13 +1300

10 signatures reached