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Destination Play

How has project incorporated accessibility and inclusive design considerations?  

Tuesday, July 19th, 2022

Play is essential for people of all ages and abilities.

Accessibility and inclusivity considerations have been considered and incorporated across the design elements including:

  • The inclusion of a Changing Places toilet, accessible and uni-sex toilets and changing facilities.
  • Mobility carparks, a new ramp access from the Coastal Walkway and a range of access points (steps, ramps).
  • Various hard and non-slip surfaces, accessible water play and better access to the natural reef.
  • There will also be accessible and inclusive play components and play opportunities.
  • Destination Play tells a rich cultural story of the local area and hapū. This has been built into the design across all aspects.
  • The design also incorporates the teaching curriculum into the play spaces to allow for schools to visit and use the various areas as outside classrooms.
  • A range of experiences and spaces will be included in the 12 conceptually themed zones – including: Shared social spaces, gender neutral spaces, free to use BBQs, quiet and active zones, sensory stimulation, and a coastal plant garden.

How will the works affect the car park and walkway?

Tuesday, March 19th, 2024

A blessing of the playground took place on Tuesday 19th March. The site will be prepared with temporary fencing closing off the playground on the 20th March.

The current playground will be removed on 21st March and the seawall adjacent to the playspace is also having some maintenance done at the same time. The car park will still be operational at this time.

The coastal walkway will be closed for safe equipment removal and for maintenance work to be carried out on the sea wall.

The main civil contractor will start their work in April (aiming for early April but it is TBC). Once confirmed, the car park will be closed and the walkway will also be closed to allow for the hill play, stairs and timber terraced deck to be constructed safely. This will reopen this as soon as it is safe to do so.

The car park to the right by the aquatic Centre is still operational as is on-street parking. Users will be encouraged to use active modes of transports where possible during this time.

When is it starting? and finishing?

Tuesday, March 19th, 2024

The current Playground will close on 21st March 2024 and the existing play equipment will be removed.

Civil and structural construction is expected to start in April 2024. This will go through until about September 2024 and then the new play equipment and furniture will be installed. We are working towards opening in December 2024 in time for the summer school holidays.

Who is behind the design of Destination Play?

Tuesday, July 19th, 2022

The design concept has been completed by the New Plymouth District Council parks team. This has been in collaboration with Ngāti Te Whiti and a wide range of community stakeholders.

Various workshops have been carried out with local organisations, schools, and groups to get wide input to ensure the creation of a play space that can meet the needs of all users as best as possible. Some of the community stakeholders who have been involved: Conductive Education, Rainbow Youth, CCS, Sport Taranaki, Age Concern, NPDC Age and Accessibility Working Party, Blind Foundation and Deaf Aotearoa.

Why do you need additional funding from the community?

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

We’re giving people the opportunity to make a lasting contribution to their community and play a part in making our city an incredible place to live, work and play.

Already Taranaki people of a variety of means have made large and small contributions, including those who have given generous in-kind commitments.

While Stage One funding has been secured, we hope to add to Stage One as soon as practical. Donations and additional funding will make this happen.

How have you consulted the community about this project?

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

Over the last two years the project team have conducted a wide range of community consultations, which showed a strong need and support for the redevelopment of the existing playground and development of new play areas.

Feedback from this research showed that the existing playground lacked creative play experiences, were not inclusive for those with disabilities, were not multi-purpose and that the community strongly desired these traits in a play area.

Ngāti Te Whiti hapu are supportive of the playground and as project partner are collaborating on all aspects of the design and execution to fully incorporate the cultural narrative.

In addition, the redevelopment of the playground has the support of the New Plymouth District Council, Toi Foundation, NZCT, Sport Taranaki, Venture Taranaki and The Halberg Foundation.

Who will maintain the playground once it is installed?

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

New Plymouth District Council will maintain and upkeep the playground as they do with all other community playgrounds.

How will it add community value?

Thursday, July 14th, 2022
  • By virtue of the ambition of its scale, nature, and site, Destination Play at Kāwaroa will be transformational for our community.
  • Destination Play at Kāwaroa will create an inclusive, futuristic experience here in our backyard, contributing to community education and wellbeing across our region as well as becoming a renowned visitor attraction.

What is NPDC’s role in the project?

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

NPDC as the asset owner has been responsible for the research, consultation, design, procurement and construction of the project. Through NP Partners, NPDC will invest further in site infrastructure, ongoing management and maintenance.

What is Taranaki Foundation’s role in the project?

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

Taranaki Foundation are the lead organisation managing the project fundraising, working together with New Plymouth District Council who are responsible for construction, management and operation and Ngāti Te Whiti who are providing input into all aspects of the design and execution of the project.

Who are NP Partners?

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

NP Partners is a public-private partnership forum for business leaders, community leaders and entrepreneurs drawn together by a shared vision. We are committed to investing in the growth of our city and district, creating community value and impact through a Partner-led, Council-managed programme.

Destination Play is the first of NP Partners bold initiatives for our city and community.

How will contributions be recognised?

Friday, October 21st, 2022

All contributions $1,000 and greater will be recognised visually on site with a naming wall and in certain play areas.

The contribution levels are:

  • Foundation Partners
  • Kāwaroa Partners ($100k+ cash/in-kind)
  • Products & Services Partners ($1k, $25k, $50k+ in-kind)
  • Donors ($1k, $5k, $10k, $25k, $50k+ cash)

If you would like to discuss how you contribution will be recongised, options to make a large donation, and/or represent an organisation or business that wishes to be a partner contact Taranaki Foundation CE, Josh Hickford – 027 4621412 josh@taranakifoundation.org.nz


How can I contribute?

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

You can contribute here: Destination Play at Kāwaroa

If you wish to make a donation, and/or represent an organisation or business that wishes to be a partner in this ambitious community legacy project contact Taranaki Foundation CE, Josh Hickford – 027 4621412 josh@taranakifoundation.org.nz

You can also find more information about the project on the Taranaki Foundation site www.taranakifoundation.org.nz/destination-play/

Can I get a tax refund on my donation to Destination Play?

Saturday, December 10th, 2022

Yes. Not only will your gift help bring this community project fully to life, but your donation will also qualify for a tax rebate of 33.3% up to the limit of your taxable income.

See more about tax credits for donations on the IRD website

Will the project still be delivered if we don’t meet the full funding target?

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

The project delivery has a staged approach based on the confirmed funding available.
Stage One includes almost 80% of the design scope. The exact scope of this stage will be limited to the funding secured so far. Stage Two will commence once funding is secured.

The project will still be delivered within the scope of the funding secured. Stage Two will include anything unable to be delivered in Stage One.

How much funding is still required?

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

Stage One will include the $5.8M in confirmed funding for the project. The scope of this stage is limited to this funding secured. Securing funding for Stage Two is ongoing and the cost of this will be determined when Stage Two detailed design is completed.

How much funding is the project receiving?

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

To date Destination Play at Kāwaroa has close to $5.8M in confirmed funding for the project. This total forms the Stage One funding available. Stage Two funding is currently being raised through philanthropic donations from organisations and individuals, sponsorship and other fundraising channels. This includes our community fundraising campaign where anyone from the community can contribute to the project at any level. You can donate here: Destination Play at Kāwaroa

Where has Taranaki Foundations project funding contribution come from?

Thursday, July 28th, 2022

The funding Taranaki Foundation is providing to the project is from donors donating specifically to Destination Play. These funds are outside of our funds under management and are not included in our annual funding round.

Read more about our Funding Round here.

How are aspects of local mana whenua incorporated?

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

The project team have been in partnership with mana whenua throughout. This includes local hapū Ngāti Te Whiti.  Some elements include:

  • Maramataka physical features that highlight the Māori lunar calendar
  • Sculptures of Te Wheke-a-Muturangi that highlights Kupe, an important figure in Māori folklore
  • The star of Puanga and constellation of Matariki are incorporated into play space
  • Sensory stimulation features include aspects of local Motu, flora and fauna
  • Learning boards that detail not only the above but will provide te reo translation on all educational aspects.

When will construction of the project start and finish?

Thursday, July 14th, 2022
  • Construction is set to begin in Spring 2023.
  • The construction of the project will be phased and delivered in stages in response to the funding secured.
  • The construction of the project is expected to be completed in 2024.
  • Any future construction will depend on the staged approach and any remaining areas.

What facilities will be built?

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

As well as replacing an ageing playground facility, Destination Play at Kāwaroa will transform this significant location into a major intergenerational educational and play resource.

The approx. 22,000 m² play area will include:

  • Water, challenge and natural play features.
  • Shared social spaces, seating, shelter and an outdoor classroom area.
  • Easier access to Kāwaroa reef encouraging natural exploration.
  • A Maramataka feature that highlights the Māori lunar calendar.
  • Agility and fitness equipment including a pump track, climbing platforms and swings.
  • Learning hotspots aligned with local history, mana whenua and the NZ curricula.
  • Better public facilities including changing rooms, toilets, parking and space for food trucks.

Construction of the above will be in a Staged approach.

Who’s involved with the project?

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

The Destination Play project is led by the Taranaki Foundation in partnership with Mana whenua of Ngāmotu – New Plymouth, Ngāti Te Whiti, NP Partners and New Plymouth District Council.

NPDC as the asset owner has been responsible for the research, consultation, design, procurement and construction of the project. Through NP Partners, NPDC will invest further in site infrastructure, ongoing management and maintenance.