Great response to park plans
Te Mata Park Trust chairman Mike Devonshire says he is delighted with the overwhelmingly positive feedback received from so many people across Hawke’s Bay to the launch of the fundraising campaign, One Giant Chance, to expand Te Mata Park.
“It truly has highlighted to us the depth of connection that people feel towards Te Mata Park, and how vital an asset this is for our entire community. People can see how this new land will make a considerable impact on enhancing and protecting the unique experience at Te Mata Park.”
The trust aims to to raise $1.5 million for 8.5 hectares of land strategically sited between Tauroa Rd entrance, the Main Gates entrance and down Te Mata Peak Rd.
“The trust board is working hard to reach out to schools, community groups, businesses, sporting organisations and local residents to assist us in reaching our fundraising goal. We are mindful that we are working in a tight timeframe, so it’s all hands on deck with our campaign programme,” Mike says
The trust board has secured several large scale pledges of support, and is confident that its total tally will continue to grow.
“The response has been overwhelmingly positive — people can see the long term benefits of this land acquisition, and how it will impact on our families for generations to come. We must grab the bull by the horns, and make the most of this golden opportunity,” Mike says.
“Many people have been walking, running and biking up the peak for 10, 20 or even 30 years — and have seen how the park has become increasingly busier. Te Mata Park has experienced significant growth in recent years. We now welcome close to a million visitors in to the park each year.
“There is a Givealittle page for members of the public to donate, and we encourage all levels of support from $1 to $1000, as everything counts!
“We also encourage local businesses to get involved, with all donations being eligible for a tax credit, and have a comprehensive donor acknowledgement programme in place for all large scale donations. It really is a wonderful way to showcase your support for such an important community asset,” he said
“We must raise the funds by the end of 2018, in order to secure this land purchase. With only 31⁄2 months until December 31, we invite members of our community to be part of this journey now.
“We would also like to thank those individuals and companies who have already generously offered their support and valued donations.
“Our park is a landmark with outstanding geological features, unique flora and fauna and deep spiritual and cultural importance. It is essential that we protect this asset, for our future generations.
“Te Mata Park was gifted to the community in 1927, and while visitor numbers have significantly increased, the park boundaries have remained the same, for over 90 years. This could be a significant and momentous gift to everyone in Hawke’s Bay — for now and in to the distant future,” he said.
The trust board welcomes all inquiries and support.
“We are hopeful that this fundraising campaign, One Giant Chance, will be embraced, both locally, and nationally. It is a positive and uplifting story for our Hawke’s Bay community, and beyond.”
Support is not just limited to individuals and families. “We encourage local businesses or organisations to consider organising a fundraising event, and assist us in spreading our message to their networks.”
■ Those wishing to join the trust on its journey to purchase the land can do so at http://tematapark.co.nz/ one-giant-chance/.
■ Donations can also be made to a Givealittle page: https:/ /givealittle.co.nz/cause/one-giantchance-help-protect-and-expand-temata