Plun­ket rooms are go . . .

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

Work on a $1.5 mil­lion up­grade of the Have­lock North Do­main has started, with re­moval of the old Plun­ket Rooms last week.

The plan for the park in­cludes build­ing a new play­ground with a chil­dren’s wa­ter play area, sun shades, a re­vamped skate area de­signed for small chil­dren, paths and new seat­ing and ta­bles.

De­vel­op­ment of the park is a once in a gen­er­a­tion pro­ject which will see the do­main be­come the true heart and con­nec­tor within the village, says coun­cil’s re­serve man­age­ment com­mit­tee chair­man, coun­cil­lor Wayne Bradshaw.

Mr Bradshaw says the pro­ject will draw a num­ber of pub­lic build­ings to­gether to form a cul­tural core for Have­lock North. The his­toric cricket pav­il­ion is also to be moved but will stay within the do­main.

“Once fin­ished, the church, the pav­il­ion, the Have­lock North Func­tion Cen­tre and the li­brary will all face into this com­mu­nal space, and open­ing up the pools will bring them into the do­main. This has huge po­ten­tial to be­come the equiv­a­lent of the tra­di­tional village green, a gath­er­ing and event space for all of our com­mu­nity, he said.

“What other small tomedium town has such am­ag­nif­i­cent green space right in its heart and we’re now in a po­si­tion to re­ally make the most of it.”

Plun­ket staff have moved to the Hast­ings of­fice and are ex­cited about re­turn­ing to the pav­il­ion in its new home.

“It is just a tem­po­rary­move. We will be back and the new build­ing­will be­won­der­ful,” says clin­i­cal ser­vices man­ager Tracey Arm­strong.

ON THE MOVE: Have­lock North Plun­ket Rooms, on the way to a new site, mak­ing way for de­vel­op­ment of the Village Green.

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