19 July 2013
Independent and experienced commissioner, William Wasley, has approved a resource consent application for the Te Mata Park Visitor and Education Centre.
Te Mata Park Trust chair Bruno Chambers says, coming hot on the heels of a $500,000 grant from Department of Internal Affairs, the project has taken a huge leap toward fruition.
“The Trust is thrilled to get the consent approved and now we are looking forward to getting on with the project,” Mr Chambers says.
The Commissioner’s report highlighted the benefits the development would provide, including employment, support for local tourism and educational opportunities through the interpretation of the park features.
The consent was granted with conditions, including the removal of Peak House within 12 months of the Centre opening, controls around traffic flow and guidelines relating to building materials, colour schemes, reflectivity and landscaping to ensure the natural character of Te Mata Peak is retained.
Existing submitters have until August 9th to appeal.
A total of $2.736m of the Te Mata Park Trust’s $4m target has been raised, including commitments from Hastings District Council ($1.1m); Hawke’s Bay Regional Council ($500,000); Napier City Council ($250,000); and a further $420,000 committed from private philanthropists and charitable trusts.
The Trust currently has an application being considered by the Eastern and Central Community Trust and a number of gaming trusts. The Trust is hoping to secure the remaining required funds from local business and philanthropic individuals.