The aim of the revised draft concept design for the upgrade of Ōkahu Bay’s waterfront park is to deliver recreational opportunities out on the Waitematā Harbour for the greatest number of people possible.
Public consultation on the refreshed design for The Landing is open from 28 August to 24 September.
“Given the massive increase in water sports participation and the shortage of hard-surface open space, the plan refresh is a great opportunity to hear how our community would best like to utilise this prime waterfront area,” says Ōrākei Local Board chair Scott Milne.
“Already we’ve had a successful Matariki event at The Landing, and plan to put on more family-friendly events during the summer to encourage our community to connect and make memories.”
Informed by the consultation feedback, as well as submissions and deputations made during 2022, the Ōrākei Local Board has to date supported the following design elements in the refreshed concept plan:
- a central park-like space
- multi-purpose buildings for clubs and marine-based recreation
- safe harbour access
The recent Matariki “Hiwa-i-te-Rangi” Challenge held at The Landing attracted 29 waka ama teams.
Organiser Tania Albert from Ocean Blue says she received glowing feedback from the day, and hopes that similar events are possible in the future.
“It would be awesome to see events at The Landing that include all water sports communities, and more chances to encourage complete beginners to give it a go.”
The board is also partnering with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei on the concept plan refresh and looking to incorporate their vision which includes permanent homes for their Waka Taua (ceremonial war waka) and Te Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei Waitematā Waka Ama Club.
The safe harbour will allow for all abilities sailing and paddle craft access, making it a more suitable environment for beginners to learn a new water sport.
Tell us what you think of the revised concept design. Take a look and give your feedback before 24 September at akhaveyoursay.nz