MIL OSI – Source: Far North District Council – Release/Statement
Headline: Next step for Kawakawa Hundertwasser Park Centre – Te Hononga
A change to land currently used as a car park is being proposed to allow the Kawakawa Hundertwasser Park Centre – Te Hononga to be built behind the famous Hundertwasser toilets.
The proposed facility will include a Hundertwasser interpretive centre, gallery, community workshop, town square, links to the Hundertwasser toilets, improved public amenities and walking and cycling links. The concept has also been expanded to house the Council library and service centre.
The community project involves Far North Holdings Ltd, Kawakawa Hundertwasser Park Trust, Te Runanga O Ngati Hine, Kawakawa Business & Resident Association, Far North District Council and Northland Regional Council.
The centre is to be partly built on land classed as a Local Purpose (Parking) Reserve.
Far North Holdings – a 100% owned Council-Controlled Trading Organisation – is project managing the development in partnership with the community trust and needs to secure commercial finance on part of the build, a step which is not possible while the land has reserve status and is leased.
The Council is now proposing to revoke the land’s reserve status and sell the land to Far North Holdings so the project can go ahead. The Reserves Act 1977 requires public consultation for any change to the use of a reserve.
Terry Greening, Chairperson of the Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board, said it is important that people realise this revocation and sale will not result in a loss of public amenity.
“The Council will create a purpose-built car park for this project, which will have more than 70 car parks, including spaces for buses and coaches,” he said.
The Kawakawa Hundertwasser Park Centre – Te Hononga already has support from the community, with a Reserve Management Plan allowing the car park to be leased for this project.
“The centre is an exciting project for Kawakawa and this is just another step along the way,” Mr Greening said.
The Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board encourages everyone to have their say on the proposal.
The consultation closes 4.30pm, 2 October and more information is available online at www.fndc.govt.nz/kawakawareserve17.