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Tairua Skate Park Delayed

20 April 2021

A Tairua neighbourhood group opposed to a children’s skate facility at Cory Park Domain has initiated a legal challenge in the High Court against the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board’s decision to locate the facility there.

The Preserve Cory Park Domain Incorporated Society (the Society) launched its legal challenge on 11 March, after the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board resolved at its 17 February meeting that the skate park project could proceed at the domain. The approval was subject to noise mitigation measures being incorporated into the design and confirmation from the Tairua Sports and Recreation Trust that their funding contribution of $150,000 to the construction costs had been achieved. Both conditions have been met.

“Our lawyers are negotiating with the Society to try to avoid spending ratepayers’ money on a legal process, but the matter has not been resolved,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. “This is disappointing. We’d much rather spend ratepayers’ money delivering a recreational amenity for the town’s young people.”

Cory Park Domain is zoned in our District Plan for active recreation such as organised sports and skate park facilities. There has been long-term demand in Tairua for such a facility. In the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan, the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board budgeted for the investigation and construction of a skate facility.

Irrespective of what the Society decides to do, Council and the Community Board will be asked to consider a staff report at their May meetings, recommending that all previous decisions relating to the skate park at Cory Park be revoked and that the Council starts the process afresh. This would involve assessing all of the possible locations for a skate park in Tairua, deciding on a preferred option, and then consulting with the whole community on their preferred option. This process would be run from the Council’s Thames office and the final decision made by Council.