Views wanted on sport facilities


Tamahere locals are being canvassed for their views on the number and kind of sport and recreation facilities they want at the stalled, central Tamahere recreation reserve.

The reserve, bounded by the Tamahere School and community centre grounds, Wiremu Tamihana Drive and Airport Rd, has seen very little progress in the past year.

A concept plan of the Tamahere sports and recreation grounds (click to enlarge).

Now the Waikato District Council has proposed two options, one with facilities that will come at no extra cost, and one with more facilities that would require a small, annual charge on rates.

The basic, no-further-cost option includes a basic playground, skatepark, standard connecting footpaths, planting and park furniture.

The enhanced option, which would need funding of an estimated $38 a year on rates, would have a better and bigger playground, a more exciting skatepark, a fitness trail looping the reserve, a basketball half-court, staging and lighting in the piazza area and higher specification walkways and park furniture.

The Tamahere Community Committee supports the enhanced option, as does Tamahere Ward Councillor Aksel Bech.

Initial community consultation during the design stage also indicated that locals wanted more than basic facilities.

Follow up consultation is now underway with letters detailing the options going to ratepayers from today.

Information, including concept plans, can also be found here online.

Ratepayers have until August 25 to indicate which option they prefer.

Waikato District Council Manager Programme Delivery Jacki Remihana said it was important that the wider Tamahere community made their views known to the council.

“The response of Tamahere Ward ratepayers will give council direction concerning the standard of facilities to be included in the Tamahere Recreation Reserve and Piazza,” she said.

If Tamahere ratepayers indicated they wished to fund the high-quality package of facilities, the council would then work with the community committee to establish a detailed plan of what this would look like.

Ground work started at the reserve in January 2016 and so far preparatory earthworks and drainage for the sports fields has been completed with the main stormwater pond now in and fenced.

The community committee also recently planted trees along one of the reserve’s boundaries, and grass has been sown on the sports fields.

For more information and to provide feedback on the proposal click here.

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9 thoughts on “Views wanted on sport facilities

  • August 13, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    It’s great to see the discussion here as well as hear the talk around the community; we are a fast growing community that has previously not really had many facilities -the School, St Stephens and the Hall in the last decade being the only places the community regularly gathered.

    We now have this project underway and I urge all those in the Tamahere Ward to have a say -whatever we decide to do will not be changed or re-done for decades so let’s make sure we get what we want! We are about halfway through the month long consultation period and just under 20% of those sent the WDC consultation papers have responded to date -it would be great to have a greater response so that the Tamahere Community Committee and WDC can be sure we have a clear and representative view to act on so I urge everyone to respond and have your voice heard by completing your submission on line or by returning the form (more forms are available at School Reception if you need another one).

    At the Council table I will reflect the views of the community expressed through this consultation process. As a rate payer and long time resident, personally given the choice between “neighbourhood level” and “destination level” I will go for awesomeness every time -and at $38 per year that makes it an easy decision for me.

    Thanks again -I appreciate your support and am pleased at the progress the TCC and WDC together have been able to achieve in making this new facility a reality along with new shared footpaths/cycleways by the end of the year to complete the Newell Road “missing bits” to get that part of our community safely to and from the new facility.

    Aksel Bech -Councillor for Tamahere

  • August 12, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    What a great opportunity for the Tamahere community to contribute to something that will benefit everyone. We may not utilise all aspects of the enhanced option individually but we will collective benefit from it. I’d hate to see the cheaper option adopted and for our community focal point to look cheap and nasty. For the sake of $38 it has my full support.

  • August 3, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I love the idea of the fitness loop and hope that the track would be suitable for both cyclists and prams, say 4 abreast width would be perfect! I loath the idea of having a skatepark which is often linked with anti-social behavour, tagging and destruction of property. They are intimidating It would be a huge expence to cater for such a minority – Oppose the Skatepark!

    • August 3, 2017 at 11:17 am

      Where is your evidence that skateboarding is linked to anti-social behaviour? How are kids on skateboards intimidating? From my understanding the Skatepark concept came from the children at Tamahere school and was something that the majority of kids wanted. Or would you rather the money went to build a gated facility with security guards (preferably armed) to keep out the “riffraff”?

      • August 3, 2017 at 12:08 pm

        Thanks for the comment, Bob. All views are welcome. Just a reminder about our comment policy, which is here, and basically says treat everyone with the respect you’d like for yourself.

      • August 14, 2017 at 9:21 pm

        Thanks for your opinion – it’s really great to hear all sides. I am not interested in gated communities or armed security – I think you misunderstood my thoughts. I want a happy community hang out too but don’t think a skatepark creates this. By the way, have you ever seen a skateboard park that has NO graffiti?

    • August 9, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      I here what you are saying, and agree that skate-parks have sometimes been linked to antisocial behavior, but I have to say I don’t agree here. I think because of our location and strong and close knit community we most likely will not get that sort of activity at our skate park. It would be difficult for people to get to unless they are in the immediate vicinity (i.e. live in Tamahere). I am all for the skate-park, and I know my husband, 8 year old and 5 year old will be making very good use of this facility for some quality time together. Im all for the upgrades and literally can not wait until they are done!

  • August 2, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Definitely would like the enhanced option. Targeted Rate at $38 per year is very minimal, taking family to the movies once costs way more than that and this reserve will foster outdoor activities and really help the area to be a focal point for locals, and a very worthwhile community asset. We’ve got this far, lets get it completed to a good standard.

  • August 1, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Would like the enhanced option. Great to finally get some sort of community venue in this area.


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