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

 

Whitianga's exciting new waterfront playground takes form

All eyes are on the construction zone on Whitianga's Esplanade as key features of the exciting new destination playground are being put in place.

Contractors are busy building the new timber boat which will be a central piece of the playground which includes exciting new nautical-themed features including a telescope, bell and sandbucket.

The new custom multi-play unit has also been installed this week with a new slide and a number of climbing platforms.

Our Councils Project Manager Andrew Scobie says the playground's completion date Tuesday 2 July is right on track.

"Everyone's enjoying watching the progress at the Esplanade. This will become a popular destination playground on the Whitianga waterfront," Mr Scobie says. "We are also planning to have a celebration for this on completion. Details are currently being worked through."

Mercury Bay Community Board Chairwoman Rekha Giri-Percival says she can't wait to see the playground in action.

"We thank the community for feedback that has helped shape this space and what promises to be a bigger, better play area and a special space in our community," she says.

This week, contractors will finish pouring the remaining concrete for the playground concrete footpath after installing the new bike rack.

New picnic tables in the playground area are also being installed.

The landscaping area around the vicinity of the playground has taken shape and CGC Landscaping will carry out planting trees and shrubs over the next couple of days. Planting along the hoggin path at the trailer park area is complete.

Streetlights around the playground and the hoggin path have also been finished.

The contractors have also finished preparing the concrete footpath to pour the concrete for the driveways at 14 The Esplanade.

The vehicle crossings have already been poured and are now being used by neighbouring businesses.

There is only a small section of footpath still to be poured, from the fishing club to around the corner of The Esplanade, then a couple small pours to stakeholder accesses at times that are convenient to them.

The only kerb and chanelling yet to be poured is the small island outside the public toilets, which is part of the new crossing.



The fortnightly construction impact meetings have been a very helpful way of keeping our residents and stakeholders informed. The next construction impact meeting will be held 10 June at 2pm in the old fire station building.

For more information visit the project page.

In addition, to hear the good news about Stage One of the Whitianga Town Centre upgrade making the finals of a national award click here.

Book a Holiday at The Esplanade Apartments in Whitianga

Each week we catch up with local businesses affected by the town centre upgrade. This week, we spoke to Jenny Kelly, manager of The Esplanade Apartments, at 8 The Esplanade Whitianga.

Jenny has managed the apartments for ten years and before that she owned Whitianga Security. She has lived in Whitianga for more than twenty years, and moved here from Tairua.

“The town centre project has made Whitianga look amazing and everyone in the town will benefit from it," Jenny says.

"The contractors have been so co-operative, they have kept us well informed and there were no cones outside our shop on Queen's Birthday Weekend, so I know they truly cared," she says.

Esplanade Apartments is in the perfect location in Whitianga for your next Coromandel holiday or business trip, with just a short stroll to the centre of Whitianga for shopping, the marina and some of the best restaurants in the Coromandel.

Their luxury accommodation includes use of resort-style facilities which feature a swimming pool and spa pool.

For more information or to get in touch with the team at The Esplanade Apartments visit its website.

Other Project Updates

Blacksmith Lane toilet upgrade

The reconstruction of the Blacksmith Lane Toilets is now well underway with the construction of the roof and wrapping of the building in preparation for cladding to be finished this week. Theexternal cladding installation is to be completed and painted next week.

Robinson Road Boat Ramp

The sheet piling is finished and large pumps are in place to drain the lower section of the ramp, ahead of pouring the first lower section of ramp next week. Inspections have been completed by archaeologists and the environmental monitoring authority.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Mishandling Of The Alleged Sexual Assault

The focus of Labour’s alleged sexual assault scandal has now shifted from the party organisation to the Beehive... This is now a crisis of Beehive management and response, not something occurring at a distance within the party organisation.

Presumably, the QC appointed to clarify what happened will eventually shed light on key issues. Such as: on what date prior to the publication of the original Spinoff article did the party hierarchy/PM’s office/PM’s press secretary realise they were dealing with a sexual assault allegation, and what did they do about it at that point? More>>

 

'History Rectified': Rua Kēnana To Be Pardoned

An official pardon for Tūhoe prophet and leader Rua Kēnana is one step closer after the Te Pire kia Unuhia te Hara kai Runga i a Rua Kēnana: Rua Kēnana Pardon Bill was read in Parliament for the first time today. More>>

ALSO:

Mental Health: Initial Mental Health And Wellbeing Commission Appointed

The Government has announced details of the initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission which will play a key role in driving better mental health in New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

people outside the meeting house at WaitangiEducation: NZ History To Be Taught In All Schools

“We have listened carefully to the growing calls from New Zealanders to know more about our own history and identity. With this in mind it makes sense for the National Curriculum to make clear the expectation that our history is part of the local curriculum and marau ā kura in every school and kura,” Jacinda Ardern said. More>>

ALSO:

Sexual Assault Claims Mishandled: Labour Party President Resigns

Jacinda Ardern: “This morning I was provided some of the correspondence from complainants written to the party several months ago. It confirms that the allegations made were extremely serious, that the process caused complainants additional distress, and that ultimately, in my view, the party was never equipped to appropriately deal with the issue…" More>>

ALSO:

Budget Process: Wellbeing To Be Enshrined In Law

Legislation has been introduced in Parliament to ensure every Government considers the wellbeing of New Zealanders when creating future budgets. More>>

National In China: Bridges Praises CCP, Meets Law Enforcement Head

A recent trip to China has raised questions over who the Opposition leader Simon Bridges met with and why... Anne-Marie Brady, a Canterbury University professor and expert on Chinese politics, has described Guo Shengkun as the leader of the Chinese secret police. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The SIS/GCSB’s Compliance With Torture

Torture is a crime under international law. New Zealand has signed (a) the UN convention against torture and (b) formal agreements about how armed conflict should be conducted. That’s the legal backdrop to the fascinating report released this week by the SIS Inspector-General.

ALSO:

New Strategy: Suicide Prevention Office To Drive Prevention Action

The Government has announced a Suicide Prevention Office will be established to coordinate action already underway to reduce New Zealand’s historically high rate of suicide. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels