Save Our Reserves was established for the purpose of preserving urban open spaces for future generations
Save Our Reserves (SOR) was formed as a response to a proposed housing development on Point England Reserve, Auckland, New Zealand.
We thought this reserve would be there forever. It’s a wonderful open space with rural character, playing fields and is home to endangered birds. However the Government of the time decided to pass legislation to enable the sale of part of the reserve, so the land could be used for roads and buildings.
The proposed development threatened the conservation value, biodiversity and open space nature of Point England Reserve.
This set a dangerous precedent for all open spaces in urban areas. We formed a group to prevent the loss of Point England Reserve and help other communities who might face similar challenges.
We congratulate and thank those who support the movement’s purpose and implore those who have the decision making power – please keep our valuable open green space for the generations to come.
Dr Julie Chambers (PhD)
Julie previously held the position of Hobson Community Board Member (Auckland Legacy Council), Parks Spokesperson. She has a doctorate in the fields of public policy and sociology.
Chris Barfoot Q.S.M
Chris Barfoot is a local resident of 46 years, who helped to set up Tahuna Torea and Wai-O-Taiki Nature Reserves. Chris is a former Chairperson Tāmaki Estuary Protection Society, a member of the Tāmaki Estuary Environmental Forum, and a former director of Barfoot and Thompson.
Tsz Ho is a concerned Point England / Tāmaki resident who has lived in the area for over 20 years.
Helen is an Artist and proud “Nature Lover”.
Beth is a Point England resident of over 20 years. She has experience in Resource Management and Television Broadcasting.
Shaun is a designer and environmental advocate. In his spare time he weeds, sets traps and looks after birds at Point England, Pourewa Valley and Tawharanui.