Message from Kate Russell ONZM, FFINZ-  Chair of the Parks Leaders Forum 


Now more than ever, the value of our parks through New Zealand has come into sharp focus for the community and the agencies charged with caring for them. From the small community park, with a playground and space to walk the dog, through to our amazing regional parks, national parks, environmental areas, trails and reserves, all kiwis appreciate the opportunities for health, wellness and mental wellbeing these amazing spaces provide.


As our minds turn to solutions to the Climate Change emergency, development and maintenance of our parks, trees and open spaces are one of the many ways we can take control and turn the tide back toward a healthy planet for future generations.


The New Zealand Parks Leaders Forum (PLF) is the foremost industry group bringing leaders together to share ideas, learn from one another, and provide guidance and support to all those charged with managing our country’s valuable green assets. With an open-source spirit of sharing best practice methods and advice, the Forum offers professional development opportunities across the Parks network, with peer support and the chance to hear from those at the cutting edge of Parks development.


The PLF is developing an international network of connection and sharing, with strong links to our UK and Australian partners for capacity building and collaboration. Through all these connections we have access to research, innovation and new thinking through workshops, on-line services and advice, field trips and webinars.


Please join us and be part of a network of Parks Leaders who care deeply about our industry, our country and the enormous value our Parks provide to Aotearoa.

Mā te taiao kia rauora ai tōu oranga

Let nature in: strengthen your wellbeing


Kate Russell ONZM FFINZ