One chance to ex­pand park

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

One of the first places lo­cals take out-of-town vis­i­tors is Te Mata Park.

There is no doubt that the Sleep­ing Gi­ant is one of the most trea­sured and fre­quently vis­ited at­trac­tions in Hawke’s Bay.

With re­cent statis­tics in­di­cat­ing that nearly a mil­lion peo­ple visit the Park an­nu­ally, it is no won­der that the Park Trust Board are em­brac­ing this ini­tia­tive to ex­pand the Park.

One Gi­ant Chance is a com­mu­nity fundrais­ing cam­paign, re­cently launched by Te Mata Park Trust, to pur­chase 8.5ha of neigh­bour­ing land, lo­cated near Tau­roa Car Park.

“One Gi­ant Chance is a huge op­por­tu­nity,” chair­man of Te Mata Park Mike Devon­shire says.

“We must seize the mo­ment. We will only get one crack at this, so we’re pulling out all the stops to en­sure our mes­sage is com­mu­ni­cated far and wide.

“This project is about pro­tec­tion, en­hance­ment and main­tain­ing our unique Park ex­pe­ri­ence, for gen­er­a­tions to en­joy,” Mike says.

When asked why this ad­di­tional land is re­quired for the Park, it is crys­tal clear that the ben­e­fits are both far­reach­ing and sig­nif­i­cant.

“I can’t em­pha­sise enough how im­por­tant and ben­e­fi­cial this land ac­qui­si­tion would be for our com­mu­nity in Hawke’s Bay,” he says.

“Not only will this land al­low us to fur­ther ex­tend the bird cor­ri­dor and na­tive tree plant­ings, but it also en­sures a sig­nif­i­cant widen­ing of one of the main en­trance points in to the Park.

“This will en­able us to fur­ther sep­a­rate dif­fer­ent park users, en­sur­ing moun­tain bik­ers and walk­ers / run­ners are on dif­fer­ent trails, re­sult­ing in a safer en­vi­ron­ment for all to en­joy.

“We also wish to in­vest fur­ther in ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties, en­cour­ag­ing more var­ied user groups in­clud­ing schools and youth groups — of­fer­ing them an ex­pe­ri­ence to learn more about their cul­tural and phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment.

“The Park has unique eco­log­i­cal, ge­o­log­i­cal, ar­chae­o­log­i­cal and cul­tural fea­tures, that many peo­ple are not aware of. We in­tend to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tional tools to the schools and young peo­ple of the re­gion. Te Mata Park is an ideal place for field trips and learn­ing prac­ti­cal out­door skills.

“Be­ing eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, and close to the main car parks, this new land will be an ideal venue for tak­ing school groups,” he says.

The new land also has out­stand­ing nat­u­ral fea­tures such as steep cliffs, a wet­lands area and even a cave for the ad­ven­tur­ous. Sites of Ma¯ ori sig­nif­i­cance have also been iden­ti­fied.

“There are also ar­eas of flat­ter con­tours, which will be ideal for eas­ier, fam­ily friendly trails, en­sur­ing that those who are less able, can also en­joy the beauty of our Park.”

Lo­cated be­tween Tau­roa and the Main Gates Car Parks, the land is de­scribed as be­ing “a miss­ing piece in the puz­zle”.

”We wish to se­cure the in­tegrity and beauty of the Park and en­sure this neigh­bour­ing land is used for re­cre­ational pur­poses; pro­tect­ing the serene, ru­ral and unique ex­pe­ri­ence at the Park.”

Te Mata Park Trust aims to raise $1.5 mil­lion through com­mu­nity fundrais­ing and lo­cal char­i­ta­ble trusts. This will al­low for the pur­chase of the land, as well as the track devel­op­ment and plant­ing of na­tive trees. The land is un­der con­tract, and funds must be raised by the end of 2018, to meet the con­di­tions of the con­tract.

“Mo­men­tum is build­ing. Lo­cal com­mu­nity groups and sports groups such as Ben­ne­long Moun­tain Bike Club and the Hawke’s Bay Ori­en­teer­ing Club are get­ting be­hind this ini­tia­tive. They are ex­cited about the prospects of ex­plor­ing new land,” Mike says. “Sev­eral fundrais­ing events are also be­ing planned for Novem­ber, and we are also de­lighted to have some sig­nif­i­cant bene­fac­tors in­volved, which is re­ally giv­ing the cam­paign a great boost.”

■ To do­nate visit www.tem­at­a­ or search One Gi­ant Chance on www.givealit­

Where the land to ex­pand the park is lo­cated.

Parts of the land.

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