Feed­back dead­line

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

This week is the last chance for com­mu­nity feed­back on the Te Mata Peak Trust’s Te Mata Park man­age­ment plan.

The Peak’s Trust Board last week re­leased the fi­nal draft of its 10 year man­age­ment plan for the park, which pro­poses im­prove­ments to cater for in­creas­ing vis­i­tor num­bers — in­clud­ing car park­ing, an ameni­ties hub, an am­phithe­atre and the ad­di­tion of 8.5km of mountainbiking trails.

The board is en­cour­ag­ing com­mu­nity in­put, with com­ments wel­comed be­fore Fri­day April 29.

As well as out­lin­ing im­prove­ments, the plan also re­sponds to “long-stand­ing” com­mu­nity con­cerns on as­pects of the park’s ameni­ties and man­age­ment, and the chal­lenges faced by the trust­with in­creas­ing pop­u­lar­ity and use of the park.

Chair­man Bruno Cham­bers said they had made the tough de­ci­sion last year not to pro­ceed with the pro­posed $4.3mil­lion vis­i­tor and ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre project.

It was a hard call to make he said, partly be­cause the “un­der­ly­ing driv­ers” were still there, in­clud­ing a lack of ameni­ties, and interpretive in­for­ma­tion, with the grow­ing pres­sures of vis­i­tor num­bers.

“So we’ve com­mit­ted our­selves to de­vel­op­ing a broader-scale vi­sion for the park. We know lo­cals adore the park for itswild open spa­ces and spe­cial char­ac­ter and don’t want it spoilt.

“But they also want prac­ti­cal ameni­ties, to learn more about the park, for it to be care­fully and ac­tively man­aged, and to know it is be­ing pro­tected and fu­ture-proofed.

“This man­age­ment plan lays out what the trust be­lieves needs to be put in place to de­liver on those com­mu­nity pri­or­i­ties.”

Im­prove­ments in­clude turn­ing the main gates carpark into the “heart of the park” with a hub of ameni­ties in­clud­ing toi­lets, in­for­ma­tion, drink­ing wa­ter and the ca­pac­ity for a cof­fee ven­dor. Con­cept de­signs in­clude more park­ing, pic­nic ar­eas, an in­for­mal am­phithe­atre for pub­lic use, and a short loop walk­ing track for those with limited mo­bil­ity.

The sum­mit was also a fo­cus area, with im­prove­ment to car park­ing, hard land­scap­ing, view­ing ar­eas and in­for­ma­tion dis­plays.

A com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion process held late last year asked users to iden­tify con­cerns and sug­ges­tions for the im­prove­ment of the park, and re­ceived over 660 re­sponses. Im­prove­ments would ad­dress is­sues iden­ti­fied by re­spon­dents, such as lack of ameni­ties, the con­di­tion and range of paths and tracks, qual­ity of signs and in­for­ma­tion, and the preva­lence of dog poo in the park.

A fo­cus was also en­sur­ing the park’s “unique land­scape and sig­nif­i­cant cul­tural and en­vi­ron­men­tal her­itage” were care­fully pro­tected for gen­er­a­tions to come.

The plan will be for­mally adopted in early May.

Printed copies of the draft Te Mata Park man­age­ment plan are avail­able at Hast­ings District Coun­cil, Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil, Napier City Coun­cil, Flaxmere Li­brary, Hast­ings Li­brary, Have­lock North Li­brary, and Have­lock North Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. It is also avail­able on the park’s web­site at tem­at­a­park.co.nz.

Com­mu­nity feed­back should be sent by email, by Fri­day, April 29, to: [email protected]­at­a­park.co.nz

FU­TURE PLANS: This is what Te Mata Peak’s main gate­way could look like, if the TeMata Peak Trust’s man­age­ment plan is adopted.

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