Te Mata Park Trust is calling on Peak users to show their support for the development of the visitor and education centre, now the resource consent has been publically notified (Saturday, 27th April).
Hawke’s Bay residents have until 4.30pm on Friday, 24th May to submit their views to Hastings District Council on the development of the Te Mata Park Visitor and Education Centre.
The Te Mata Park Trust has raised $2.25m of the $4m it needs to start construction subject to a resource consent being granted. If consent is granted it will be a major milestone in attracting the remaining funds needed for the project.
Due to the significance of Te Mata Peak, the Trust wanted the consent to be fully notified to ensure the views of the whole community were heard and any concerns addressed.
Trust chairman Bruno Chambers says park users and the wider Hawke’s Bay community have been over-whelmingly supportive of the development to date and he’s calling on those people to put their views in writing too.
“The Centre will have a significant positive impact on Hawke’s Bay’s economic, education and health outcomes and at this stage we are not aware of anyone who is anything but totally supportive of the project. However, if there are any concerns we want to know about them,” Mr Chambers says.
Visitors to the Centre, to be located off the lower carpark, will learn about the park’s history, its unique flora and fauna, its fascinating geological character and its intriguing Maori and European social history. The Centre will provide visitors with a unique perspective and an opportunity to orientate themselves within the region.
The Centre will be the destination for an increasing number of bus tours. It will also provide a place for bus passengers to transfer to smaller shuttles, eliminating the need for large vehicles to go to the summit, in turn increasing safety for other road users.
The Centre will be the focal point of the Park, making it accessible for schools and all members of the public regardless of age or ability. It will also provide a meeting place for park user groups, space for education programmes, a café and facilities, such as toilets, for the more than 200,000 visitors the Peak attracts each year. Access to the Centre will be free.
The Centre, designed by award-winning architect Christopher Kelly, will complement the natural curves of the Park and provide 180 degree views from the viewing platform.
Hawke’s Bay’s councils have already shown their support with Hastings District Council contributing $1.1m, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council $500,000 and Napier City Council $250,000.
In addition to council contributions, Hawke’s Bay fundraising consultancy, Giblin Group, has also secured another $400,000 from private philanthropists and charitable trusts.
For more information: Please contact Te Mata Park Trust chair Bruno Chambers on ph. 027 476 2635 or Giblin Group communications consultant Erin Harford on ph.027 445 6611.