“(1) If the Authority is of the opinion that any land which is within, or reasonably close to, the district and which is not vested in a public body is required for a public reserve, domain, sports ground, or place of public recreation or enjoyment for the benefit of the inhabitants of two or more local districts, the Authority may, for any such purpose, purchase or otherwise acquire such land or take the same as and for a public work under the Public Works Act 1928:
“Provided that no land outside the district of the Authority may be so taken under the Public Works Act 1928 unless the local authority for the area where the land is situated consents to the taking.
“(2) Where any land that is not within the district of the Authority may, with the consent of any local authority, be taken as provided in subsection (1) of this section under the Public Works Act 1928, the local authority may, if the Authority so agrees, instead of consenting to the taking of the land by the Authority, itself take the land under the Public Works Act 1928 and transfer it to the Authority. In any such case the Authority shall indemnify the local authority in respect of all payments made by the local authority for compensation and costs in respect of the taking and transfer of the land.
“(3) Any land, within, or reasonably close to, the district, which is a reserve within the meaning of the Reserves and Domains Act 1953 or for the purposes of the Municipal Corporations Act 1954 or the Counties Act 1956 and which is vested in a public body may, if the Authority and the public body so agree, be transferred to the Authority upon such terms as may be agreed upon between the Authority and the public body or in default of agreement as may be determined by the Local Government Commission on the application of either party. Any land so transferred shall be held by the Authority subject to the trusts (if any) affecting the same at the time of the transfer, and the Authority shall have and may exercise all the powers and authorities in respect of the reserve that were possessed by the public body from which the land was transferred:
“Provided that the power conferred by this section shall not extend to any public reserve which is vested in a public body and which, before becoming vested in that body, was the property of the Crown.
“(4) The Authority may set aside as a regional park or part thereof any land vested in it, and shall, in respect of any land so set aside, and in respect of any other regional park or part thereof, other than a public reserve subject to the Reserves and Domains Act 1953, have all the powers vested in borough councils by section 305 of the Municipal Corporations Act 1954; and those powers shall be in addition to, and not in substitution for, any other powers possessed by the Authority in respect of the park.
“(5) In this section the term local authority means—
“(a) In relation to any land within the district of any city, borough, town district, or county, the council of that district:
“(6) The Authority may, on any regional park owned, administered, or controlled by it, provide buildings suitable for the purpose of conducting therein a shop or kiosk at which members of the public using such regional park may purchase such articles or commodities which they may reasonably require; and the Authority may grant a lease or licence of the same to any person or persons, whether incorporated or not, at such rental or other consideration and for such period (with or without any right of renewal) and upon such terms and conditions as it thinks fit.
“(7) In addition to any other powers vested in it the Authority may from time to time in its discretion, and upon and subject to such terms and conditions as it thinks fit, make monetary grants to a local authority in or towards payment of the cost of providing, improving, or maintaining public access, whether by road or otherwise, to a regional park or part thereof or to the Auckland Centennial Memorial Park or part thereof.”