Improving Mahara Place
Construction: 28 January - August 2019
Work is underway to make improvements to Mahara Place. We're creating a plaza where you can come together, enjoy and relax. There'll be a terraced area in the sunniest, most sheltered part of the plaza, reading gardens, and formal and informal seating areas. We’re working 7am-5pm on weekdays and will work some Saturdays. We’re planning to have the work finished by August 2019 as long as the weather plays ball.
This work's part of our 14-year programme of town centre improvements. We've worked with the Mahara Place Development Committee, made up of local business and community representatives, to further develop designs that we made with the community in 2014 and 2016, to make sure they're fit-for-purpose.
WHAT DO THE PLANS INVOLVE?
WORKS UPDATE 19 APRIL 2019
Our “Why I love Waikanae” letter writing competition is under way. Aimed at kids under 15, every entry needs to be posted into the letterbox outside Mahara Gallery (weekdays 9am – 4pm) – the aim is to support Mahara Place businesses during construction.
There are three age categories and three ipads to be won. Destination Waikanae is partnering with us to sponsor the prizes and the pop-up library and service centre and local businesses are distributing the entry forms.
The competition runs until Tuesday 30 April. You can find out more on our competition web page here.
This is the first of a series of events over the next few months aimed at supporting Mahara Place businesses and links nicely with our #lovemyneighbourhood campaign.
Construction work for week ending 19 April 2019
This week we’ve installed the drainage channel and prepared the ground for more concreting. We’ve also dug out the hole for the lighting column.
Next week work will include a series of concrete pours on Tuesday, washing off the slab on Wednesday and on Friday we’ll install the lighting pole at the South-West corner of Mahara Place.
Keeping people informed
Weekly updates are being posted in the Library windows and Mahara Place businesses are using the ‘black board’ to let you know the latest specials.
With the Mahara Place improvement works well underway we’ve decided to re-locate the pop up library into the Mahara Gallery. The pop-up is running from the smaller of the Gallery’s two exhibition spaces to provide a more pleasant environment for library-goers while the works are taking place. A big thanks to Mahara Gallery for making the space available while we investigate options for Waikanae library services in the long term..
As well as the plaza the development committee has been working on ideas for future improvements in Mahara Place, if further funding becomes available. Future plans include improvements to the laneways connecting the Marae to Mahara Place, Mahara Lane up to State Highway 1, a new playground and the entranceway by the Library.
WHO'S PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE?
The members of the Committee were nominated by the community board and include:
- Jocelyn Prvanov - Waikanae Community Board representative
- Sue Lusk (Destination Waikanae) – community representative
- Graeme Joyes (Coast Access Radio) – community representative
- Andrew Stroombergen (Waikanae Butchers) - community representative
- Ann-Maree Ellison - Iwi Town Centre Working Group representative
Council representatives include our urban designer, our head gardener, and our town centres project team.
HOW MUCH MONEY IS THERE?
For the upcoming stage of work, there's $1million available for improvements.
As part of the 2018 Long term plan process, our focus was on making sure we balance spending and live within our financial constraints. We heard community concerns about affordability and put a strong focus on a financially sustainable approach and spending less to pay back more debt. The focus of the financial strategy is a reduced capital investment programme focused on infrastructure that supports resilience and agreed growth. By managing operating and capital expenditure at sustainable levels, borrowings and rates increases can be balanced while making sure the cost of major assets is spread over the time.
What this means for Mahara Place is that originally, as part of the 2015 Long term plan, we had $1.5 million allocated for the Mahara Place improvements. As part of the 2018 Long term plan process, we deferred $500,000 of this money to financial years 26/27 and 27/28 to align with other town centre projects happening down the track.
HOW TO KEEP IN THE LOOP
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WHAT OTHER PROJECTS ARE HAPPENING IN THE TOWN CENTRE?
- The Mahara Gallery redevelopment
- Stage 2 improvements to Frater Lane – work expected to be completed in conjunction with the Mahara Place work.
- Stride n Ride projects – connecting the Expressway shared pathway to the Waikanae town centre
- The NZ Transport Agency’s work to make the state highway a fit-for-purpose local road. For more information on this project, visit their website.