February 11, 2015
Green Flag award for Ruapekapeka
The site of the last battle in the 1845 War of the North has won an international Green Flag Award for the second year in a row.
Thirty parks and reserves across Australia and New Zealand were nominated for the awards, which acknowledge the visitor experience through factors such as the information available and how well the park is maintained.
Ruapekapeka Historic Reserve north of Whangarei is managed in partnership by Te Ruapekapeka Trust and the Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai.
Andrea Booth from DoC Whangarei says the site allows people to get an insight into the engineering skills of the defenders, who built rifle trenches, bunkers, tunnels, and stockades as a response to British firepower.
"I think it’s got an amazing story about our history and it’s really well presented so there’s some fantastic interpretation there. It’s a really special place and it’s got a real focus on our cultural heritage. A lot of the other sites are focused on our natural heritage and environment," she says.
Andrea Booth says visitors can learn more about the site from the information and interviews on Ruapekapeka.co.nz.
FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH ANDREA BOOTH CLICK ON THE LINK
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