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MIL OSI – Source: Far North District Council – Release/Statement

Headline: Exciting developments proposed for Kaitaia reserve

A community plan to transform an under-used reserve in Kaitaia into a community recreation area has taken another step forward.

The Far North District Council has started formal public consultation to lease Tangonge Domain Recreation Reserve in Bonnetts Rd to community group Open the Curtains (which comes under the umbrella of Aupouri Ngatikahu Te Rarawa Trust).

Open the Curtains will develop the domain with an exercise track and exercise stations, playground, large pōhutukawa trees and orchard, community vegetable gardens, basketball court, BBQ and tables. It will also improve drainage and add car parking.

Te Hiku Community Board chairperson Adele Gardner said the proposed project is a great initiative that will benefit the residents of west Kaitaia.

“The aim of the proposal is to encourage healthy, outdoor activities and community involvement,” she said.

“The domain is currently under-used and is too wet to play on in winter.

“Open the Curtains will improve drainage and maintain the reserve long-term,” Ms Gardner said.

The Council is considering leasing the land to Open the Curtains for a nominal amount of $100 plus GST per year. The lease would be for five years, with the option to renew for another five years if no other need for the reserve is found. The lease will enable the project to go ahead.

However, because the land is a public reserve, the Council must consult the community before it makes any decision about the lease.

Te Hiku Community Board will consider feedback and will hear anyone who wants to talk about their submission.

“The board encourages everyone to have their say about this proposed lease,” Ms Gardner said. 

The consultation is open until 4.30pm, 2 October. See for more information.