Volunteer Training - Thanks to Auckland Council


Another round of park volunteer training days are coming up in October and November 2021 thanks to Auckland Council. These workshops are designed for reserve volunteers, and we encourage Kaipātiki volunteers to attend to brush up on health and safety, risk management and if wanting to apply herbicide in reserves - attend the Growsafe course.


Spaces are limited so contact Anna Baine (anna.baine@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz) directly to check availability and book into a course.


Lunch and refreshments provided on all courses with the exception of the two practical Growsafe training days.

Restoration Planning and Geo Mapping/GIS workshops - (max 20)

Tuesday 2nd November, 9.30am – 3pm

Takapuna Cricket Club, Onewa Domain, Northcote Rd, Northcote.


This workshop is being delivered by Ben Sheeran from Recreation Solutions and will cover the basics around how to prepare a community restoration plan for your project or site plus guidance around using the council Geo Mapping service (relevant planning overlays, park boundaries, drawing polygons for planting sites).

Growsafe (2 day course) – (max 12 per course)

This 2 day certified course provides essential training for those volunteers that are wanting to use herbicides e.g. spraying, for their weed control activities in parks.


Option 1: 16th and 17th November

Day one theory (16th November 10am – 2.30pm) – Takapuna Cricket Club, Onewa Domain, Northcote Road, Northcote. Theory aspect of Growsafe, delivered by Dean Bowden from Sprayschool.


Day two practical (17th November 10am – 1pm) – Stancich Reserve, Oceanview Road, Northcote. Practical component, knapsack use training and completion of spray diary delivered by NZ Biosecurity Ltd.


Option 2: 17th and 18th November

Day one theory (17th Nov 10am – 2.30pm) - Te Atatu Peninsula Community Centre, Room, 595 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula. Theory aspect of Growsafe, delivered by Dean Bowden from Sprayschool.


Day two practical (18th Nov 10am – 1pm) - Harbourview Park, Gloria Ave, Te Atatu Peninsula. Practical component, knapsack use training and completion of spray diary delivered by NZ Biosecurity Ltd.


Outdoor First Aid course - (max 20 per course)

The outdoor first aid course is being delivered by First Training and will cover the basics of first aid response and treatment e.g. CPR, treating wounds, broken bones, shock etc. This is a certificated course.


Option 1: 10th November 8.30am – 5.00pm – West Lynn Gardens and Butterfly House, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn, Auckland.


Option 2: 11th November 8.30am – 5.00pm – Fort Takapuna - The Barracks Room 1 - A12, 170 Vauxhall Road, Narrow Neck, Devonport.

​Risk Assessment course - (max 15)

The risk assessment course is being delivered by Craig MacDonald from ‘All about People’ and provides essential training for park volunteers around the safety act and how it relates to volunteers, plus how to complete a risk assessment plan for volunteer activities in local parks as well as key things volunteers need to know in order to keep themselves safe while working in parks.


27th October 10am – 3pm – Three Kings Fickling Convention Centre, Waikowhai room, Mt Albert Rd, Three Kings.



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