Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


The Peak: New loos and more car space

The Peak: New loos and more car space

A project to enhance one of Hawke’s Bay most well-known and well-loved icons has been officially opened at a special event this morning.

The construction of a larger car-park, new toilets and a visitor shelter at the main gates of Te Mata Park was completed in February after receiving a financial boost from the Ministry of Tourism.

The central government grant of $380,000 to go towards the work was announced in June 2017, by then Minister of Tourism Paula Bennett. The balance of $715,000 came from a fund Hastings District Council put aside for the Te Mata Park project. The project also included a second toilet block at the Tauroa Road park entrance as well as drinking fountains and bike wash facilities.

Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst says there was a strong call from the community for toilets and more parking during feedback for the park’s management plan in 2016. “I’m proud of what’s been achieved with the new facilities, which look great and will only enhance people’s enjoyment of this wonderful natural asset”
“Te Mata Peak is one of our region’s most recognised and most visited attractions and is usually the first place visitors are taken when they come to Hawke’s Bay.”

Te Mata Park Trust Board chairman Mike Devonshire says there has been a huge increase in visitor numbers, with close to a million people now visiting our park every year.

"These new facilities are a popular and welcome addition to the park’s amenities. The feedback has been outstanding. We recently undertook a Park User Survey, and there was nothing but positive comments for the new development. It has been tastefully done, and in keeping with the rustic nature of our Park.

We wish to acknowledge the unwavering support from Hastings District Council and their effective partnership in creating a valuable asset that will be enjoyed by Hawke's Bay families and visitors for many years to come.”

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching.

"There needs to be better investment in education so every child can reach their potential and we have enough teachers for every class", said NZEI Te Riu Roa lead principal negotiator Louise Green. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: City Council Ends Its Support For Jackson’s Movie Museum

The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum... Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. More>>

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>


Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>


Lesser Politicians: ACT Conference Promises Fewer Politicians

Party Leader David Seymour today revealed his Smaller Government Bill which will reduce the size of Parliament to 100 MPs, limit the size of the Executive to 20 Ministers, and remove the Maori seats. More>>





Featured InfoPages