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And the winner is
(drum roll please...)

The PLF Emerging Leader’s Scholarship 2024 has been awarded to Maria Burnett. Maria graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Otago University in 2020, followed by a Postgraduate Certificate in Planning from Massey University in 2021. Since March 2023, Maria has held the role of Parks Officer - Planning and Strategy at Central Otago District Council. Despite being so new to parks, Maria has already made a substantial leadership contribution at the national level through her work on Recreational Aotearoa’s Generate committee as Conference Lead, and shown a strong commitment to leadership through undertaking Toastmasters training and other voluntary work. Her referees all described her as having an enormous thirst for knowledge and eagerness to learn about the parks sector – an ideal scholarship recipient!

Thank you again to our long time supporter and member DLA Piper for funding this years scholarship! You are truly helping make a difference in the Parks Sector by supporting our emerging leaders!

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That's a wrap for the 2023 PLF Roadshows!


We had a great turn out with over 325 attendees across six different venues!

A big thank you to all of our speakers including Paul Beverly,

Michael Boland and DLA Piper.

Thanks to Horizons, Christchurch City Council, Wellington City Council, Tauranga City Council,  Hamilton City Council, Eastwoodhill Arboretum and Gisborne District Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council for providing the venues and kai!

Last but not least, thank you to our Gold Sponsor Bridge It NZ for making these roadshows possible!

If you have any feedback about the roadshows, please email: 

2023 Parks Leaders Forum Strategic Goals

The Parks Leaders Forum have just published their DRAFT 2023 Strategic Goals and want YOUR feedback.

Click the button below to read the report.


Click here to leave your feedback.

All findings will be discussed at this years AGM in Auckland on Friday September 29th 2023. Register for the AGM here

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Associate Member Profile: 
Bridge It NZ 

Members Projects Profile: The ICC Tree Plan 2020 Our Trees – A Tatou Rākau

Bridge It NZ has been helping Kiwis access and enjoy local green spaces since 2009.


We specialise in building small to medium size bridges (6m-50m) to help unlock the value of your land, and we became a member of the New Zealand Parks Leaders Forum in 2017.

The Invercargill City Council (ICC) recently completed their 2020 Tree Plan, providing a clear direction for the Council to managed all trees in parks, cemeteries and streets across the region.

Check out more information on this great Members Project by clicking on the link below.   

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For parks leaders by parks leaders

The New Zealand Parks Agencies Leaders Forum is made up of a network of New Zealand parks agency managers and parks business leaders who meet regularly to assist each other and to progress sector issues.

Share Ideas, Seek Advice

A forum to share problems and seek advice and support from experienced colleagues


​Meetings that provide access to credible, timely, reliable and relevant information and advice on parks challenges and best practice in NZ and beyond.

3-4 Meetings per year
Address Parks Issues Together

An opportunity to shape advocacy on the sector’s behalf to address parks issues and raise awareness of the environmental, social and economic benefits parks provide

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