Environment

2.1 Gardens, beaches and green open spaces

Ngā wāhi wātea me ngā mahi papa atawhai

We manage the city’s natural environment and gardens in ways that balance conservation and enhancement with opportunities for enjoyment and recreation

What we do

Local parks and open spaces

Botanic Gardens

Beaches and coastal operations

Roads open spaces

Town Belt

Community environmental initiatives

Walkways

Biodiversity (pest management)

Our gardens, beaches and green open spaces activities contribute to us beingTop

People-centred – High quality natural environments enhance Wellington’s unique ‘sense of place’, making it an even better place to live, work and play. They attract visitors and provide attractive, safe and accessible opportunities for leisure and recreation.

Connected – Accessible and high quality natural and green environments encourage people to gather together, share activities and connect with each other. Networks of green spaces and corridors link the city with its coastline and beaches. Conservation connects people with the environment and links the present to the future.

Eco-city – High quality natural and green environments protect and enhance our biodiversity and contribute to offsetting our carbon emissions. They model Wellington’s leadership role as Capital City of a clean and green New Zealand and as a leading sustainable city of the 21st Century.

Dynamic Central City – High quality natural and green environments accessible within minutes from the central business district attract visitors, and are important for residents’ quality of life.

Key projectsTop

During the year:

Parks and open spaces

We work with over 70 active environmental groups who contribute huge amounts of time and labour to our open spaces.

Botanic Gardens

Beaches and coast

Town Belt

Community environmental initiatives

We involved 2757 children with planting projects, in collaboration with Zealandia, World Wildlife Fund and the Zoo.

Walkways

Biodiversity

What it costsTop

Operating Expenditure ($000) Actual
2013
Budget
2013
Variance
2013
Actual
2012
2.1.1 Local Parks and Open Spaces1        
Expenditure 7,694 8,052 358 7,961
Revenue (531) (479) 52 (1,092)
Net Expenditure 7,163 7,573 410 6,869
2.1.2 Botanical Gardens2        
Expenditure 4,510 4,383 (127) 4,444
Revenue (379) (446) (67) (384)
Net Expenditure 4,131 3,937 (194) 4,060
2.1.3 Beaches and Coast Operations        
Expenditure 1,020 1,042 22 1,041
Revenue (51) (51) (49)
Net Expenditure 969 991 22 992
2.1.4 Roads Open Spaces3        
Expenditure 10,070 9,216 (854) 9,706
Revenue (694) (552) 142 (603)
Net Expenditure 9,376 8,664 (712) 9,103
2.1.5 Town Belts4        
Expenditure 5,070 4,358 (712) 4,285
Revenue (422) (209) 213 (914)
Net Expenditure 4,648 4,149 (499) 3,371
2.1.6 Community Environmental Initiatives        
Expenditure 389 408 19 421
Revenue (24) 24 (10)
Net Expenditure 365 408 43 411
2.1.7 Walkways        
Expenditure 505 511 6 469
Revenue
Net Expenditure 505 511 6 469
2.1.8 Biodiversity (Pest Management)        
Expenditure 1,123 1,046 (77) 1,111
Revenue (65) 65 (85)
Net Expenditure 1,058 1,046 (12) 1,026
Capital Expenditure ($000) Actual
2013
Budget
2013
Variance
2013
Actual
2012
2.1.1 Local Parks and Open Spaces5        
Expenditure 894 925 31 1,893
Unspent portion of budget to be carried forward N/A 551   N/A
2.1.2 Botanical Gardens6        
Expenditure 1,065 1,118 53 444
Unspent portion of budget to be carried forward N/A 320   N/A
2.1.3 Beaches and Coast Operations        
Expenditure 116 116 168
Unspent portion of budget to be carried forward N/A 30    
Capital Expenditure ($000) Actual
2013
Budget
2013
Variance
2013
Actual
2012
2.1.5 Town Belts        
Expenditure 155 116 (39) 276
Unspent portion of budget to be carried forward N/A   N/A
2.1.7 Walkways7        
Expenditure 441 339 (102) 337
Unspent portion of budget to be carried forward N/A   N/A
  1. Under budget due to lower depreciation costs.
  2. Over budget due to lower shop revenue and higher labour costs
  3. Over budget as a result of the one-off impact of restructuring costs.
  4. Over budget due to clean-up costs following the severe storm in June.
  5. Under budget due to delays in the planning and consent phase for the Halfway House restoration. Also works funded by the Charles Plimmer bequest at Watts Peninsular have been delayed due to ongoing discussions with central government agencies.
  6. Under budget due to delays replacing paving at the Begonia House – this work is now under-way and expected to be complete in the early part of the 2013 year. Also some delays have occurred in the renewal programme.
  7. Over budget as additional work has been completed in Spicer Forest funded by Meridian Energy.

How we performedTop

We aim to protect Wellington’s ecology and unique natural environment while keeping the city’s open spaces, parks, gardens, beaches attractive, accessible, and safe. We assess our performance by measuring compliance with quality standards and surveying residents’ use of, and satisfaction with, local parks, gardens, beaches and open spaces. We also measure the amount of restorative planting and pest management that takes place.

To measure the standard of the open spaces we provide

Residents’ (%) satisfaction with the quality and maintenance of local parks, gardens and beaches

Residents’ (%) satisfaction with the quality and maintenance of local parks, gardens and beaches.

Source: WCC Residents’ Monitoring Survey 2013

Residents (%) who agree that green open spaces, gardens and beaches provide good value for money

Result: 80% (target: 90%; 2011/12: 94%; 2010/11: 94%).

Source: WCC Residents’ Monitoring Survey 2013

Residents’ (%) satisfaction with the quality and maintenance of green open spaces

Residents’ (%) satisfaction with the quality and maintenance of green open spaces.

Source: WCC Residents’ Monitoring Survey 2013

To measure the utilisation of the open spaces we provide

Residents’ frequency (%) of usage of local parks and reserves (yearly and weekly)

Residents’ frequency (%) of usage of local parks and reserves (yearly and weekly).

Source: WCC Residents’ Monitoring Survey 2013

Number of visitors to the Botanic Garden

Result: 1,141,398 (target: 1,200,000).

This is a new measure. Visitor numbers to the Botanic Garden include estimates based on last year. The counters have not been working correctly since August 2012. Three new counters were installed in April. Visitor numbers during May and June were 68% better than projected.

Source: Botanic Garden

Residents’ frequency (%) of usage of Botanic Garden (yearly and weekly)

Residents’ frequency (%) of usage of Botanic Garden (yearly and weekly).

Source: WCC Residents’ Monitoring Survey 2013

Residents’ frequency (%) of usage of beaches and coastal areas (yearly and weekly)

Residents’ frequency (%) of usage of beaches and coastal areas (yearly and weekly).

Source: WCC Residents’ Monitoring Survey 2013

Residents’ frequency (%) usage of walkways (yearly and weekly)

Residents’ frequency (%) usage of walkways (yearly and weekly).

Source: WCC Residents’ Monitoring Survey 2013

To measure the standard of the street cleaning service

Street cleaning (%) compliance with quality performance standards

Street cleaning (%) compliance with quality performance standards.

Source: WCC CitiOperations

To measure our efforts to protect and enhance biodiversity and native species health

Total number of native plantings undertaken by the Council

Result: 41,155 (target: 45,000)

Source: WCC Parks and Gardens

Total number of native plants provided by the Council for community planting

Result: 32,162 (target: 30,000)

Source: WCC Parks and Gardens

High value biodiversity sites (%) covered by integrated animal pest control or weed control

Result: 52% (target: 52%)

Source: WCC Parks and Gardens

Proportion of grants funds successfully allocated (through milestones being met)

Result: 100% (target: 95%).

Source: WCC Community Networks