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Skate Guidelines for Local Government

Skate Guidelines for Local Government

Skate park from above credit Brad Makatoa

In collaboration with key stakeholders, Sport NZ has produced a set of guidelines to provide best practise to councils to plan, fund, design, build and activate skate spaces in Aotearoa.

The New Zealand skate community is diverse and together we can better deliver to the needs of communities across Aotearoa.

Skate Guidelines for Local Government highlight the diversity of the skate community and provide detailed guidance on how to go about building authentic relationships with communities, working with designers, building a skate space or park and getting the most out of your park.

This guidance supports a growing request from Councils for support to understand and overcome the challenges they face when it comes to skate provision.

These guidelines draw on both national and international examples and are based on interviews with councils, skateboarders, NSOs, skate schools, associations and photographers, scooter riders and artists. 

A new survey from Skateboarding NZ provides a deep insight into the makeup and behaviour of the skate community across the country, which has been incorporated into the guidelines.

To see a breakdown of this survey, click here.

Join the conversation 

In addition to the guidelines, a special interest group was formed for Councils working on skate projects. This group meets quarterly, sharing best practise and lessons learned and providing a platform to connect. The hui is managed by Recreation Aotearoa. If you are interested in joining, click here.


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