One Giant Chance! Help Protect and Expand Te Mata Park

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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!

About us

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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Latest News on 'New Block' of land!  17 March 2020

Lots has been happening over the last few months! We thought it was timely to send you, our valued campaign donors, an update of current progress.

Work on the ‘new block’ is now well underway.

• The resource consent application will be submitted soon, following recent consultation with neighbours and mana whenua. Once approved (hopefully by May), this will allow the track work to begin.

• ProArbore have been working onsite over the last 2 weeks – taking advantage of the fact that Chambers Walk has been closed (due to the forestry project happening in the Park). They have made excellent progress, and will complete the work by early April. We are removing all pines and wattles, and a handful of unhealthy exotic species. However a good number of trees will still remain, providing important shade (including those along Chambers Walk).

• We have been working on refining the track work plans. Some of our governance group met recently to assess the land, now that many of the pine trees have gone. Much easier to visualise the trails now! The next stage is that a more detailed plan will be created by Strata Group (thanks to their support), and proposed tracks will be marked out – for approval by the Board. A ‘safety in design’ assessment will also take place. We anticipate that there will be minor adjustments to the existing concept plan, ensuring that the walking tracks ‘blend in’ to the existing network of trails - but no changes of great magnitude (original concept plan here - )

• New boundary fencing will also go up in late April / May.

• We are continuing to apply for funds for the future native tree plantings. However this years we have 6319 plants ordered, to go in the ground this planting season. Hardy, robust plants that will quickly grow and have a high likelihood of survival. Years 2 and 3 plantings will include more variety of species, and more quantity. Guy Morris is managing our landscaping programme.

• There will be volunteer planting days happening on 11 and 25 July (proposed dates). We will keep you informed. However if you wish to put your hand up to volunteer, please email Emma on

We thank you once again for your wonderful support - and look forward to sharing this journey with you.

Many thanks

Te Mata Park Trust Board

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