Giant fundraising week for park
With only six weeks to go until Te Mata Park’s fundraising deadline, momentum is building with One Giant Week of events planned for the end of November.
”This is one giant chance for our Hawke’s Bay community to rally the troops and get in behind our campaign to buy new land for the Park,” Mike Devonshire, Chairman of Te Mata Park Trust, said.
Beginning with an educational Walk & Talk around the Park, and finishing with a Peak Enduro event, the trust promises there will be something for everyone during One Giant Week.
”Thanks to support from local community groups and sports clubs, we have an impressive line up of events and activities for everyone to enjoy.”
One Giant Chance is a community fundraising campaign launched by Te Mata Park Trust to purchase 8.5ha of neighbouring land located near Tauroa Car Park.
“With the clock ticking towards the fundraising deadline, everyone is encouraged to get actively involved,” Mike said. ”We will only get one crack at buying this neighbouring land, so please, gather your friends and family, and help our Sleeping Giant to achieve this goal.
“The feedback and support from local sports clubs has been outstanding. Ramblers, Bennelong Mountain Bike Club, HB Orienteering and the local Hang gliding and Paragliding Club have all put their best foot forward and are stepping up to the challenge of fundraising for this unique opportunity,” he said.
“They are excited about the prospect of exploring new land.”
Some of the events will even traverse the proposed land. Promising a sneak peek of the new terrain, the Orienteering event and Peak Enduro will both use land.
“We are very grateful to the current owner of the land for permitting access for these unique fundraiser events.”
With nearly a million Park visitors annually, the benefits for the land purchase are strikingly clear, he said.
“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, allowing a more expansive and safer area for park users,” Mike said.
The new land has outstanding natural features such as steep cliffs, a wetlands area and a cave for the adventurous.
“There are also areas of flatter contours, which will be ideal for easier, family friendly trails.”
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 native trees.
“The land is under contract, and funds must be raised by the end of 2018.”
With several large donors secured, and community events scheduled for their One Giant Week, the Park Trust is confident that it will reach its goal.
”We are working with some large-scale contributors and will officially announce some significant contributions within the next few weeks.
“I can’t emphasise enough about how important and beneficial this land acquisition would be for our community in Hawke’s Bay,” he said.
“If you enjoy walking, riding or running in our wonderful Park, we do encourage you to get involved, and make a difference.”
■ To find out more, visit www.tematapark.co.nz and search for One Giant Week.
Brendan Pheasant races down the MTB Track on Te Mata Peak, for the Peak Enduro Fundraiser.
Aerial photo of the neighbouring land that the Park Trust is fundraising to purchase.