Meri Te Tai Reserve Upgrade

We received a total of $467,500 from the TIF (Tourism Infrastructure Fund) to do this work. The Community Board also contributed $200,000 for the park improvements. We are currently working with Iwi to engage with them to work through the possibility for a mural on the reserve.

Click here to see the full concept plan.

Why upgrade the reserve?

  • The reserve and the facilities on it are old and in need of improvement to meet the needs of the residents and visitors to Whangapoua.
  • The improvements take in the toilet, the playground, the barbecue and picnic area, improved dune protection planting, the storage shed and improved waste managment.
  •  All these elements are tied together in a comprehensive design that creates a revitalised reserve for all to enjoy. The design is sensitive to the community’s aspirations and Whangapoua’s serene coastal setting.

In response to the feedback received from the community we have made some minor amendments:

Those changes are:

  • Upgrading and relocating the existing toilet block to move it away from the low lying flood area.
  • Improved open space, more seating areas for formal and informal picnic areas for families.
  • Additional parking facing the beach.
  • Protecting existing pohutukawa trees and the dune area.
  • Upgrading the playground with new equipment.
  • Relocating but retaining the waste facility to this area with a lay-by for ease of vehicle access and to maximise existing car parking.
Rubbish and recycling collections

Rubbish in Council’s official, pre-paid blue bags, glass in Council crates, and other recyclables in Council wheelie bins is collected weekly, with more frequent collections over the peak summer period. Kerbside collection schedules are available on our website at

If you’re leaving town before your collection day, blue Council rubbish bags and recycling can be left at any of our seven refuse transfer stations free of charge. Their hours and locations are at Four of them have after-hour drop-off facilities.