Council & City

Play policy: Rēhia Papaioea! Play Palmy, play!

We’re making a commitment to reflect a playful, fun and flexible approach in all our public spaces, facilities, events and activities.

What is play?

Play provides opportunities to improve everyone’s wellbeing. Play is activity for enjoyment and recreation – that is, activity that is freely chosen for fun, creativity and personal challenge. Play provides a foundation to improve people’s individual wellbeing, as well as bringing broader community benefits. There is global and national concern that a lack of play experience can limit individual physical, social and mental growth, and the development of lifelong skills such as communication, conflict resolution and risk assessment.

Policy will guide Council's approach to play

The policy will guide Council’s decision-making and commitment to provide a range of play opportunities in several operational areas:

  • Parks and reserves planning, management and development
  • Facility programming and development e.g. at libraries and aquatic centres
  • Urban design response to public space infrastructure development
  • Placemaking activities such as street activation
  • Community events and activities
  • Support to strategic partners such as Rangitāne o Manawatū and Sport Manawatū

Council adopted this policy in April 2021. A review will be planned from 2024-25.