INDEPENDENT NEWS

Council approves development plans for Otaraua Park

Published: Thu 6 Dec 2018 04:43 PM
Council approves long term development plans for Otaraua Park
Council today gave the green light to a plan that will see 60ha of land in the centre of Kāpiti become a multi-purpose recreational and sporting facility in the future.
Located on the south bank of the Waikanae River, the Council has been working with iwi, the community, and key stakeholders on plans to develop Otaraua Park since purchasing it in 2012.
“The plan is to develop a top sport and recreation destination for our District, where we will be able to host large-scale events of regional and potentially national significance,” says Group Manager Infrastructure Service Sean Mallon.
“We’ve recently upgraded the drainage on the sports fields, and next we’ll be working on the design and installation of a new amenities block, followed by improvements to the Park’s entranceway from Otaihanga Road.”
Mr Mallon says the developments are being done over the long term, which means some details of the plan may change over time. The Council consulted on, and approved, a management plan for the park in 2014, which will ensure all future developments are done in keeping with certain environmental and recreational priorities.
“We’re confident we’ve reached a good balance between providing a top sports park and honouring our District’s ecological values.”
$4.3m has been set aside over the next six years in the Council’s 2018-2038 Long Term Plan (LTP) for the re-development, and a further $360,000 annually for the remainder of the LTP. Future development will be funded from a mix of rates and external funding.
“We look forward to continuing our discussions with iwi, sporting groups, and the community as we proceed with the Park’s development,” says Mr Mallon.

Next in New Zealand politics

Gordon Campbell on a new book on the leaky homes scandal
By: Gordon Campbell
Review finds NZTA road safety regulation failings
By: RNZ
Climate Change Commission Chair-designate announced
By: New Zealand Government
Government putting right Holidays Act underpayment in Health
By: New Zealand Government
Police should not have pursued youths on Auckland motorway
By: Independent Police Conduct Authority
Locked-in care is a ‘hard place to be happy’
By: Office of the Children's Commissioner
Campaigner welcomes removal of racist refugee restrictions
By: Murdoch Stephens
Sroubek report confirms Minister made wrong decision
By: New Zealand National Party
NZTA to refocus on safety following review
By: New Zealand Government
NZTA to adopt "safety first"?
By: Movement
NZ roads will never cope with heavier trucks
By: Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre
National Party open to higher methane targets
By: BusinessDesk
NZ to go Dutch to battle climate change
By: BusinessDesk
Small end of town needs to chip in on climate change - Carr
By: BusinessDesk
Carr named to chair Climate Change Commission
By: BusinessDesk
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media