Story: City parks and green spaces

Wellington town belt, 1840 and today

Though town belts were supposed to be protected from development, this has not been the case anywhere in New Zealand. Over time, one-third of the land set aside for the Wellington town belt was taken and used for purposes not envisaged in 1840. The Wellington City Council has a policy of reinstating original town-belt land where it is reasonable and practical to do so. This map shows the original extent of the town belt, and the area it covered in the early 2000s.

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Source: Wellington City Council, Wellington town belt management plan. Wellington: Culture and Recreation Division, Wellington City Council, 1995.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'City parks and green spaces - Town belts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/21817/wellington-town-belt-1840-and-today (accessed 24 May 2017)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 11 Mar 2010