30 JANUARY 2013

Hamilton Gardens is one of the first parks in New Zealand to earn the prestigious
Green Flag Award for excellence and high standards in public parks.

The Green Flag Awards, delivered through Australasia by the Parks Forum, recognise
well-managed parks which strive to meet its visitors’ needs, retain important historic
and cultural values and develop protection of native species and habitats. The first
12 to be awarded to Australasian parks were announced this week.

Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker says the Green Flag Award emphasises the quality of
one of Hamilton’s finest attractions, and the hard work of a group of committed staff
and supporters.

“Hamilton Gardens is absolutely world-class: the themed gardens represent the story
of our gardens, it hosts a range of wonderful events every year, and never fails to
amaze visitors to our city,” Mayor Hardaker says.

“We are very proud of the work that has gone in to Hamilton Gardens and we are
delighted it has been recognised by the Parks Forum.”

Hamilton Gardens Director Peter Sergel says the Green Flag Award is a significant

“Over the years, hundreds of people have contributed to Hamilton Gardens. For the
gardens to be honoured in this way also honours their tireless work and passion.”

Commenting, Parks Forum Deputy Chair Michael Ayrton, says: “There have been
some outstanding organisations which have been assessed recently and for Hamilton
Gardens to be awarded the Green Flag is high praise indeed. Hamilton Gardens
scored particularly well on all counts and is a great asset for the people of the
Waikato and further afield.”

The Green Flag Award was presented to Hamilton Gardens at a special event
yesterday (29 January). Key industry partners in New Zealand for the Green Flag
Awards are the Department of Conservation and the New Zealand Recreation

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