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North Shore City Parks and Reserves

North Shore City, Auckland, has more than 400 parks, including 80 sportsfields, 108 playgrounds and more than 20 scenic bush reserves.

These parks feature an amazing variety of landscapes, from native Kauri forest to coastal parkland and mangrove-filled wetlands. The City Council are continually maintaining and improving the many parks and reserves.

One of these scenic bush reserves is Awaruku Bush Reserve

I wandered this scenic bush reserves last weekend. Awaruku Bush at Torbay is about 7 kms north of where I live. A feature of this reserve is the self guided nature trail. The reserve contains a cross section of flora and fauna that existed in pre-European times, among them is a 650-year-old Kahikatea tree / White Pine that continues to grow in the centre of the bush.

The ponds and streams in the Awaruku Bush contain eels, fish and native fresh water crayfish.

In 1970 there were plans to cut the bush up for housing. A petition was soon drawn up by residents, who formed the Glenvar Bush Preservation Society. They successfully prevented three hectares of unique forest from being cleared.

Paths, steps, drainage, a stairway and signposting were establised and in 1979 a citation was presented to the society by the Native Conservation Council for its contribution to conservation in New Zealand.
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Additional Photos by Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 920 W: 68 N: 1359] (4403)
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