One Giant Chance! Help Protect and Expand Te Mata Park
A golden opportunity to protect and expand our treasured Te Mata Park. A gift to everyone in our community, please support us!Hawke's Bay
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to protect, expand and enrich our Te Mata Park!
We invite you to support the Park Trust as we raise funds towards the purchase of a beautiful stretch of land - 8.5 hectares located between Tauroa Car Park and the Gates Car Park, running alongside Chambers Walk.
A gift for all in our community, this new land has so much potential...
* New trails to explore. New loops to enjoy with friends, taking in sensational views of the Ranges.
* Enjoyment of extensive native plantings, and continuation of the bird corridor.
* Enhanced safety. Separating park users at the Tauroa entrance – ensuring mountain bikers and walkers/runners are on different trails.
* Secures your solitude. Takes traffic off Chambers Walk, and ensures an experience without overwhelming crowds.
* Learn from new Park educational tools – educational signage, improved technology (Park App, Virtual Visitor Centre, inc maps), enhanced learning about our history and flora & fauna.
* Protecting a part of Hawke's Bay history - the land includes important sites of Maori significance, as confirmed by local historian Patrick Parsons.
* Enjoyment of new Park features. A discreet and environmentally sensitive Sculpture Walkway has been proposed. Integrating art, education, history and culture, we envisage that the story of Te Mata is reflected throughout a tastefully designed art experience, that is in keeping with the look & feel of the Park, using elements that reflect the environment. This could be an opportunity to work with local artists, and create a unique attraction that would be enjoyed by a wide range of users, for many years to come.
* Ease of access – nestled between Tauroa Car Park and the Gates Car Park, this land is ideally located; perfect for school groups, young families and those less able.
* New and varied topography. Outstanding natural features. Natural platforms. Steep cliffs with potential for abseiling. Cave for the adventurous.
* It is so important that we raise sufficient funds to purchase this land. It presents a wonderful opportunity to protect the outlook and scenic corridor leading in to the Park. 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.
The Fundraising Goal:
The current owner of the land has agreed to a very fair and favourable offer for the land. We are very fortunate to have this opportunity. They are a local family who wish to see the land absorbed in to the Park boundary, and therefore under the protection of the Park Trust.
We must raise the funds by the 30 APRIL 2019, in order to secure the purchase of the land. $1.25 million is required to purchase the bare land and then a further $250,000 for developing trails, planting native trees and installing informative signage.
We aim to raise much of the funds from our local community; via GiveaLittle, online donations, business sponsorship and local charitable trusts. National Lotteries and National Gaming Trusts are also being approached for the track work, native trees, etc (however, they will not fund the purchase of bare land).
We firmly believe that our goal is achievable.
Please support us - this is a gift for ALL in our community!
Te Mata Park: the jewel in Hawke's Bay's crown. 'The Giant' has a significant and commanding presence in every way - a landmark with outstanding geological, ecological, recreational, spiritual and cultural significance. Te Mata Park is a vital recreational asset for our community, and a popular attraction for tourists to the region. The Park is a magnet for walkers, runners, mountain bikers and paragliders.
Use of funds
Your contribution will be spent on purchasing the bare land. The land is currently under contract with a deadline of raising funds by the end of April 2019. Any surplus funds will be spent on building new trails and new directional & informative signage.The Te Mata Park Trust Board will be seeking donations from other sources, so even if less than $1million is raised via Givealittle, The Trust hopes to be in the position to still buy the land.
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Te Mata Park Trust is now the proud owner of an additional 8.5 hectares of neighbouring land.
‘’The title of the land changed hands on Wednesday 31 July,’’ comments Mike Devonshire, Chairman of Te Mata Park Trust Board.
‘’We would like to thank everyone who has supported us throughout this project. This is a significant milestone in the history of Te Mata Park, and our local community played a huge part in making it happen.’’
’’Whilst this is a very exciting time for the Park, we would like to emphasise that public access to the new land is not permitted until later in the year,’’ adds Mr. Devonshire.
‘’Our project governance group and Park Manager have been working hard over recent months to establish a landscaping plan. We have also been communicating with local Charitable Trusts on securing the remaining $250,000 for projects on the new land, including planting native trees and building tracks that complement the rest of the Park.’’
A timeline for the project has been developed. Initially the Park Trust intends to remove all large areas of pinus radiata and wattles, as well as extend the fence line bordering the neighbouring property. ‘’We want to create a wonderful native habitat for birdlife, with a professional re-vegetation plan, including manuka, kowhai, totara, titoki, kahikatea, flaxes and pigeonwood, amongst many other native plant species.’’
‘’It is essential that park users do not access the land over the next few months, for their safety and also to ensure work can take place without impact from foot or bike traffic,’’ adds Mr. Devonshire.
The Trust Board is also pleased to report that $41,000 was recently approved by a charitable trust based in Auckland, for new directional and educational signage on both the new land, and the existing Park.
‘’Now that funding has been secured, we hope to get the new signage programme underway within the next few months,’’ comments Mr. Devonshire. ‘’We are very grateful to the trust for assisting us with this very important project.’’
Other funding applications are also in the pipeline. ‘’We have three other applications being considered by local Charitable Trusts and will receive their feedback by September. This will allow us to progress the project swiftly.’’
Varying levels of new walking tracks, a children’s mountain bike track and a new separate descent mountain bike track are in the proposed plans. ‘’We have also integrated a discreet and environmentally sensitive Sculpture Walkway, a Rongoa Garden, as well as several picnic areas. The potential for this beautiful block of land is quite exciting,’’ comments Mr. Devonshire.
Officially launched in July 2018, the One Giant Chance campaign raised $1,250,000 to purchase 8.5 hectares of neighbouring land, located on the Havelock North side of Te Mata Peak, and between the two main car parks.
‘’This is a landmark occasion in the history of the Park. On behalf of all the Trust Board, we would like to thank everyone, from far and wide, for their support. We are delighted that the land is now part of Te Mata Park – the first time that the Park has been expanded since its beginnings in 1927.’’
The Trust Board is continuing to accept donations, which will go towards native trees and trackwork on the new land.
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This page was created on 18 Jul 2018 and closed on 31 Jul 2019.