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Derby St. (Spider) Park Makeover

Closed Cause page created in the Community category by Love Kawatiri

$300 of $5,500 goal

Given by 6 generous donors in around 3 months


Help transform Derby St. Park into a vibrant community hub and recreation space for our pre-school and primary school tamariki and whānau.

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Love Kawatiri plans to conduct a community makeover of Derby St park (or Spider Park as commonly referred to by it neighbours) on the corner of Derby St and Fonblanque St . This park neighbours early-learning centres Kawatiri Kids and the Westport Playcentre. It exists in-between two of our primary schools South School and St. Canice’s and is situated close to a low-decile state housing area. The park boasts some of the Westport’s best playground equipment but is under-utilised due to exposure to the street and lack of shelter, while the back section is prone to drainage and flooding issues.

The project was initially conceived when looking at viable spaces around Westport that may be suitable for the planting of a community orchard. Upon further investigation we felt that the area could be enhanced through the development of paths, shelter and the planting of fruit trees and shrubs. Since observing how people currently interact with the area and talking with local kids these plans evolved to include a scooter / learn-to-ride park for primary / pre-school kids, with enhanced play areas, shelter and seating.

We plan on further engagement with the community and affected stakeholders throughout the final design, planning and development stages of this project. Our desire is to carry out this revitalisation project in a similar manner to the 7 Day Makeover that occurred in front of the NBS Theatre. This will enable the community and regular users of the park to be involved in the final developments and building of this area, while generating a sense of community ownership.

Our desire is to transform Derby St. Park into a community hub and recreation space. Where pre-school and primary school children are encouraged to be active by developing their riding and road skills in a safe environment. While enjoying the adventure of the park’s play areas our children will be exposed to an edible landscape that improves the neighbouring communities food security with a fresh supply of fruit. We envision the park becoming a vibrant congregation point in the community, where families can socialise while enjoying a picnic under the shelter of trees or the gazebo in the centre of the round-a-bout.

Together we can unleash our potential and make a difference for our tamariki, whānau and the wider community!

About us

The Love Kawatiri Community Trust is a vehicle for supporting the development of community-led projects, initiatives and community enterprises in the communities of the Kawatiri/Buller District.

Our Vision is "to unleash the strengths and potential in Kawatiri, enabling the community to take the lead in creating a positive future."

Use of funds

Funds raised will be utilised in materials associated with the Derby St. Park Makeover. This includes earthworks, installation of a juvenille road safety / scooter park, an urban orchard, gazebo, seating and children's fort.

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Over $35k raised to date!  8 May 2019

Posted by: Love Kawatiri

So far we've raised over $35k towards enhancing and transforming Derby St. (Spider) Park. Its been really excited to get such fantastic support from the Buller District Council Revitalisation Fund, Buller Electricity, Buller REAP, SGS and others.

We're keen to help create a fantastic park for our pre-school, primary school children and whānau. We also know that many ratepayers are struggling so we are keen to contribute to the development of initiatives utilising a broad range of supporters and partners.

Kia Kaha Kawatiri !

Together we have the power to unleash our potential and turn our passions/aspirations into action!

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Latest donations

  • Jo Suth & Smithy

    Jo Suth & Smithy on 11 May 2019


    Fab idea Team! Love our wee town and all the work the volunteers do!


  • Brent Oldham and Sharon Roche

    Brent Oldham and Sharon Roche on 09 May 2019


    Let's get this done...


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 08 May 2019



    • Love Kawatiri

      Kia Ora, Thanks for donating to our Give-A-Little campaign last year to support our Derby St Park Makeover project. We had some significant and unexpected delays to the project due to BDC needing to do some evaluation of potential contaminants at the site from historic use as a quarry in the early 1940’s. We now have permission to progress the project and are aiming to start getting pathways installed in June/July 2020. We are looking forward to getting some developments on this project, we’ve raised over $65k towards the project so far and hope to reach at least $85k to achieve our objectives/desired outcomes. We will be working on getting the installation of the juvenile road safety pathways complete in June, with further developments and a community makeover following that. Once again, thank you for your donation we are looking forward to getting some progress on this project over 2020 and hope it will make a huge difference to our tamariki and the surrounding neighbourhood. Regards, Pete Howard, Love Kawatiri

  • S Duncan

    S Duncan on 08 May 2019




  • Pete Howard

    Pete Howard on 08 May 2019


    Looking forward to seeing this park enhanced for the benefit of our tamariki and wider whānau in our community!


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