Recreational needs surveyed
The right spaces in the right places.
That’s the aim of a new active recreation and sport strategy for Whanga¯rei, being developed in partnership between Whangarei District Council, Sport Northland and Sport NZ.
Council senior strategic planner Bernadette Aperahama said the strategy would help the council identify and prioritise active recreation and sport needs throughout the district.
“We’re doing this work now in anticipation of what goes into the 2021-2031 Long Term Plan.”
The first step in creating the strategy is to hear from the public via a series of surveys.
There is a survey for schools, a survey for active recreation and sports organisations, a survey for marae and a survey for the wider community.
The community survey is available to everyone and asks about the types of activities people do, how frequently they do them, what challenges they face carrying out those activities, and what are the biggest changes the council could make. Aperahama stressed the organisation survey was for informal groups like those who get together for a walk, as well as sports clubs.
The organisation survey closes on August 30, and the community survey on September 6. There are prizes up for grabs for completed entries.
Aperahama said the last time an active recreation strategy was created by the council was in 2003.
A number of projects identified in that strategy have since been implemented around Whanga¯rei including getting three water turfs at the Hockey Stadium, rebuilding the netball courts, new courts at the tennis centre, and development of the gymnastics and aquatic centres.
The new strategy will also feed into the refresh of the Northland facilities plan, driven by Sport Northland and Sport NZ.