Communities working towards a shared vision
“New Zealand’s smaller centres can be well designed, vibrant places, especially when their communities work towards a shared vision.” So says landscape architect Morné Hugo, who led the two-stage design and implementation of a walkway, heritage plaza and playground development in Te Puke’s town centre for the Western Bay of Plenty District Council.
The project brought to fruition ideas in the Te Puke Town Vision of redeveloping and better integrating Jubilee Park, an important but previously under-used open space. The refurbished park is now linked to the main shopping street via the walkway and boasts a new terraced plaza, events stage and new destination playground.
Morné says, “By creating a new focal area, the town’s dynamics are changing in ways the community wanted; it all ties in with the town vision. We worked collaboratively with the council, community and contractors to resolve issues early and create costeffective solutions.”
Those solutions included designing and locally manufacturing furniture and streetscape elements, including a multi-functional events stage, to reflect the character of Te Puke.
The walkway was opened in December 2011. A year later, the opening of the park redevelopment successfully accommodated 1,000 visitors.
3 April 2013