Te Mata Park Trust will receive $234,000 from ECCT (Eastern & Central Community Trust) towards planting native trees and establishing tracks on the recently acquired new land.
‘’This outstanding contribution allows us to move the project forward,’’ comments Mike Devonshire, Chairman of Te Mata Park. ‘’The Trust Board is absolutely delighted with this significant milestone in our fundraising efforts and would like to acknowledge ECCT for their visionary and generous support.’’
Te Mata Park has been awarded this contestable funding via the Community Assets & Facility Fund (CAFF), which was recently established by ECCT and assesses each application against six guiding principles.
‘We believe there is very good alignment between this project and these principles,’’ comments Shelly Mitchell-Jenkins, Chairperson. “We are delighted that we have been able to help Te Mata Park Trust with their One Giant Chance project. With over a million people visiting the Park each year, this will make a difference to the lives of people within our communities.”
Officially launched in July 2018, the Trust’s One Giant Chance crowdfunding campaign successfully raised $1,250,000 to purchase 8.5 hectares of neighbouring land. Since securing the land, the Park Trust has been diligently working to secure funds to enable the land to be opened to the public.
‘’It is estimated that the full cost of opening the land, including fencing, signage, planting native trees and building tracks, etc, is close to $500,000. Currently $286,000 has been raised through Charitable Trust support, so we have a further $214,000 to go. However we are confident this can be secured in the coming months,’’ adds Mr. Devonshire.
With the $234,000 contribution from ECCT, the Park Trust can now initiate various aspects of the project, including resource consent, fencing, an archaeological assessment and removal of the exotic trees.
‘’We have recently undertaken a consultation process, whereby the draft concept plans have been available to view by the public. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. However the plans are still subject to approval by Mana Whenua and final sign-off from our Trust Board,’’ adds Mr. Devonshire.
’’We do realise that our park users are keen to access the land however we would like to emphasise that public access is not permitted until 2020,’’ adds Mr. Devonshire. ‘’This is for their safety and also to ensure work can take place without impact from foot or bike traffic.’’
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.
‘’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.’’
‘’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.’’
The Trust Board is continuing to accept donations, which will go towards native trees and trackwork on the new land. Please contact our Manager for details. Please also view our draft Concept Plans on this webpage.