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Places and Spaces for a Thriving Future

We want to talk about making Central Hawke’s Bay an even more amazing place to live, work, play and learn in the future. Over the past few years our focus has been on getting our water and transport infrastructure basics right. Now we are ready to talk about the future of all those other things that enrich our lives and help to build strong communities.

Places and Spaces LogoGreat places to live have a wide range of facilities, spaces, activities and programmes that support communities to connect and thrive. Our district is growing, so we need to futureproof our places and spaces to ensure they are fit for purpose. Central Hawke’s Bay is already a great place to live - let’s continue to build on that!

We want to ensure we are providing opportunities for everyone to be active and participate whether it’s through play, sport, recreation, the arts or other types of activities.

 

There are so many things that contribute to building strong communities. For now, we want to focus on some of the key activities and facilities that are already in your community and that Council is involved in.

To learn more, and to have your say, click on one of the activities below:

Background

Project Thrive brought the whole community together in 2017 to create a vision for our District. How we deliver on Project Thrive is being continuously tested through our implementation projects. The purpose of the Thriving Places and Spaces Programme is to look across all those things we invest in as a community to make sure we are providing the right things in the right places. We are fortunate to have many great examples of our community partnering together that we can continue to build on. This will give us a greater chance of ensuring that everyone living in Central Hawke’s Bay is connected and thriving, and every visitor gets to share that sense of belonging and identity.

Project Thrive set the following seven objectives:

  • A proud district.
  • A prosperous district.
  • Strong communities.
  • Connected citizens.
  • Smart growth.
  • Environmentally responsible.
  • Durable infrastructure.

We then recognised we needed to focus in on the following five areas to reach our objectives:

  • Promoting smart growth.
  • Attracting and enabling business success.
  • Strengthening our district and community identity.
  • Protecting and promoting our unique landscape.
  • Planning for tomorrow to futureproof Central Hawke’s Bay.

The Thriving Places and Spaces programme will deliver across all these areas, but in particular:

  • Strengthening our district and community identity.
  • Protecting and promoting our unique landscape.
  • Planning for tomorrow to futureproof Central Hawke’s Bay.

There are so many things that contribute to building strong communities. For now, we want to focus on some of the key activities and facilities that are already in your community and that Council is involved in. To help us to discuss these things we have broken them down into these topics so that we have some serious (but fun) conversations about:

  • Play
  • Arts
  • Sport
  • Active Recreation
  • Swimming Pools
  • Open Spaces
  • Community Halls
  • Camping
  • Civic and community facilities

Each of these things are a part of what collectively makes Central Hawke’s Bay a great place to live for all of us, even with different interests and different needs.

Across all these areas we want to discuss:

  • Why we are doing this and why it’s important you are involved
  • What these activities and facilities mean to you
  • What kinds of experiences you want to have
  • The ways we can improve what we do
  • How to prioritise what we do
  • How all this links up to create the kind of place we will continue to be proud to call home.

We will also be talking about:

  • How to respond to growth, our future needs and ability to invest
  • The role of Council in these activities and facilities
  • How to continue to build on projects like Nga Ara Tipuna by working with Tangata Whenua to understand their aspirations and needs
  • How to reflect the differences we have across the district while still applying consistency in our decision making
  • Understanding how to balance our past and traditions with future needs
  • How to manage community expectations with our ability to afford our aspirations and how to apply innovative or in some cases traditional funding options to delivery
  • Opportunities to work in partnership to collectively achieve some great outcomes

We are always thinking about the outcomes and experiences that these places, facilities and programmes create. Because of this our discussions will include all experiences and opportunities, not just those owned or supported by Council. This is to make sure that Council investment is focussed where it is needed not duplicating the great things others are already doing across the district.

Getting Involved

There will be many ways that you can get involved in setting our future direction across the programme. Here is the timeline when we will be out and about so we can hear your views.

Engagement timeline

November 2021 - January 2022 Discussion Documents

Making sure we have the right scope and then discussing the principles, problems and opportunities for each activity and network of facilities.

March – April 2022 Draft Strategies and Plans

With the feedback we receive on the Discussion Documents we will start to develop draft Strategies and Plans. In March and April next year we will be back out to test if we have got it right.

June 2022 Finalise Strategies and Plans

After this check in we will prepare the final Strategies and Plans

July 2022 onwards Delivering

Our final Strategies and Plans will help us to prioritise investment, make consistent decisions and create clarity about what Council’s role is across all the programme elements.

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