Park work on hold so wider plan can be made

Publish Date : 12 May 2022
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Work to upgrade parking at Pukekohe Hill Reserve has been deferred until a concept plan for the area can be produced.

Franklin Local Board has decided to delay proposed carparking and renewal programmes for a year to enable more comprehensive concept planning to be completed.

Board chair Andy Baker says doing the job once and doing it well makes better economic sense.

“Pukekohe Hill is iconic for everyone and is of enormous cultural significance to Ngāti Tamoho, which is highlighted by the magnificent carved pou and panels at the summit lookout .

“We heave resolved that it is appropriate to ensure that cultural significance is integrated into future design for the reserve, alongside accessibility and amenities that ensure this special place can be enjoyed by everyone.

“We are also working with a neighbouring landowner in regard to their trees so the views from the summit and reserve can be enjoyed, however that is challenging due to the costs involved.”

The reserve is a destination for both locals and visitors, with the board wanting to make sure it is the best it can be in the future.

The 6.7-hectare reserve is at the summit of the highest point in Pukekohe. It features two stands of regenerating native trees on the southern slope, and an informal shared-use path in the trees along the western side for walking and cycling.

Because of its height, the area has communication infrastructure on a tower on the western side of the lookout and there is also a functioning water reservoir in the reserve.

“Ngāti Tamaoho whakapapa to the area and they will certainly be involved with the board in any redevelopment, along with wider public input,” Baker says.

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