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Active Recreation

The Future of Active Recreation

Icon ActiveRecreationWe are fortunate to have a wide range of choices when it comes to active recreation; walking, swimming, cycling, equipment-based exercise, fishing, running, scootering, skating and more. 

Active recreation is the term used to describe the way in which our community participates in physical activity, connecting with each other and with the outdoor environment, regardless of our age, life stage, income, culture, or physical ability.  

We’re thinking ahead withsupport and funding from Sport New Zealand and Sport Hawke’s Bay to ensure we create places that support our community to be involved in active recreation for the future of our District. 


Why is active recreation important? 

Active recreation contributes to our local identity and is a part of where we have come from and who we are today.  Some of our favourite active recreation assets like The Tukituki Trails have put us on the map and provide awesome experiences for our local community and visitors to the district. This is amongst a depth and breadth of outstanding local opportunities we have in our patch of Central Hawke’s Bay paradise.  

Participation in active recreation is growing. This is helped by a growing awareness of the benefits of physical activity and participation on one’s personal wellbeing and wairua.   On the back of unprecedented growth, an increasing older population, and time pressures that demand greater flexibility of participation in Central Hawke’s Bay, ensuring we position our District and Community to become or remain physically active is critical to planning and delivering on a thriving Central Hawke’s Bay for the future.   


Why are we having this conversation? 

While we’ve already got some outstanding assets across our District, we want to understand how those assets’ current and future use will change with growth and changing expectations and demands from our community.  As a result, we want to make sure that we are appropriately planning ahead so that we are ready and prepared for the changes that will be required ahead.

We also want to better understand what inequalities there are currently in the provision of active recreation assets or services in our community, what else (if anything) we need to be planning for in the future, or simply supporting existing community initiatives to ensure their ongoing success.

Like all of our services, we also want to better understand how we pay for these services and assets and where the cost of these should lie.  In a Central Hawke’s Bay context, where major investment in required across all of our assets and with the pressures of growth, we want to ensure we have carefully considered our investment requirements and achieve the ‘best bang for our buck’ for our communities.  

With the potential for other external funding opportunities ahead, such as the funding recently received for the Tukituki trails, we also want to make sure that we can clearly identify future opportunities that can be funded and delivered from sources other than ratepayer funds.   


What does success look like?  

With the help of others, we’ve done some early thinking and think that success for the future of active recreation is to:

  • Provide an environment that gets more people, more active, more often, for life. 

  • Work in partnership to collectively meet the active recreation needs of our community. 


Want to know more? 

To understand more about active recreation, what we are trying to achieve and who is involved, read our full Discussion Document on active recreation


Let us know your ideas? 

We’re still in the early phases of this work, however we are keen to hear your ideas to support active recreation in Tamatea - Central Hawke’s Bay.  You can do this by completing our online survey or emailing us on 


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