Re­cre­ational needs sur­veyed

Whangarei Report - - NEWS -

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.

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