The Draft Keirunga Gardens Management Plan was notified for public comment on 17 October 2020. Submissions close on Friday 18 December 2020.
The Draft Plan has been prepared following extensive community consultation, including open days, and feedback from over 200 members of the community. The Draft Plan identifies Council’s intentions for the future use, management, development and protection of the Gardens, over the next 10 years.
Keirunga Gardens, covering 7.9 hectares of land, is categorised as a “Public Garden” in the Operative Hastings District Plan. The Gardens have a strong cultural heritage; since its gift to the people of Havelock North Borough Council the Heritage II scheduled buildings, together with the Arts Centre built in the 1980s, have been a centre of arts and crafts for the district. This has reflected the importance of the Homestead and land, through its owners Thomas and Ruth Gardiner, in cultural movements in Hawke’s Bay in the early 20th century. The mature oak trees along Arthur’s Path on the western side of the park create a much valued woodland and, since the 1990s, the Gardens have also been home to the Havelock North Live Steamers who built and operate Keirunga Park Railway.
The role of Council is to ensure that the Gardens are available for the whole community and visitors to use and enjoy, understand and enhance the visitor experience and sense of place, provide the best possible facilities and services, and protect those features which make it unique.
The Draft Management Plan has taken into account all the identified issues from research and consultation, with the vision for ‘The protection, management and enhancement of the natural, historic, cultural and artistic values of Keirunga Gardens’. The key goals are:
A Draft Concept Plan that identifies future actions and priorities is included in the Draft Management Plan, which includes investment in the following:
The community now has the opportunity to make formal submissions in support of this plan, or to oppose any part of it. Submitters will have the opportunity to present their submission in person to Council, at a hearing that will be scheduled in early 2021.
Officers will also be available at Keirunga Gardens for two open days to discuss the Draft Plan, and any questions or concerns you may have:
In conjunction with the Open Day on Wednesday 28 October we invite you to attend a public talk by Matthews and Matthews Architects and John Adam, Landscape Historian, who have compiled a Conservation Plan for the heritage area of the Gardens.
We look forward to your comments on these exciting plans for Keirunga Gardens.
18 December 2020, 11:59pm
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