Feedback wanted on plans for popular reserves

​Western Bay of Plenty District Council wants you to have a say on concept plans which will help decide what future facilities are offered at two popular reserves.

The reserve management plans for Maramatanga Park in Te Puna and the Ruahihi Power Station Reserve which borders SH29 and the Wairoa River have recently been reviewed and Council is asking users and locals to share their thoughts on what's proposed.

Maramatanga Park is currently home to a number of Te Puna based sports clubs while the Ruahihi Power Station Reserve is a popular entry spot for people who kayak the Wairoa River.

Reserve concept plans identify things that need to be updated and options for additional facilities to be built on site.

Some of the topics Council wants your feedback and thoughts on for Maramatanga Park include:

  • The range and number of sports fields available
  • Increased parking
  • Installing an artificial cricket wicket
  • The condition and use of the netball court
  • More tennis courts
  • A potential community building
  • New playgrounds and a basketball half court
  • Potential skate park
  • Toilet facilities.

For Ruahihi Power Station Reserve these are mainly around:

  • Proposed gravel access to the river
  • Formalising the parking area
  • Building a facility for the canoe club
  • Providing a lockable gate.

 Council recreation planner John Rauputu says people may be interested in having their say if they're someone who:

  • Uses, enjoys or plays sport on these key reserves
  • Is interested in sustainable development and the natural environment
  • Wants more spent to provide playgrounds, fields, new or better toilets or other facilities
  • Wants changes to how people use these reserves.

The easiest way for people to find out more, or have their say, is by visiting

For those wanting to have their say in person an open day is planned at the Community Centre (next to the tennis courts) in Maramatanga Park from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, 2 September 2017.

Consultation closes at 4pm on Friday 15 September 2017.

Page reviewed: 23 Aug 2017 8:47am