Te Mata Park, Hawkes Bay, NZ

Te Mata Park, Hawkes Bay, NZ

When the Te Mata Park Trust Board asked TRC Tourism to review their proposed visitor and education centre proposal on Te Mata Peak, I did not realise what a challenge the review would be, or the outcome.

Te Mata Park, in the Hawke’s Bay, attracts around 200,000 visitors a year due to scenic views and great walking and cycling.

The visitor centre proposal included a $4.5 million visitor centre, and the Trust Board had achieved a significant amount of finances, primarily from the community for the capital construction costs. With development about to start, a review of the concept, the demand and the ongoing funding was commissioned.

I reported back to the Trust that the Centre as planned could be a significant liability to the Trust. Subsequently, the Trust had announced that it will not be proceeding with its plans building the Centre (http://www.tematapark.co.nz/trust-puts-halt-on-visitor-education-centre). The Trust's current priorities are to complete a Park mangement plan. 


Posted: Tuesday 17 March 2015

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