Great re­sponse to park plans

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

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

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