Gi­ant fundrais­ing week for park

Havelock North Village Press - - Home Living -

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.

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