Places for People – He Whenua he Tangata


Paiherea, kahore e whati 


The whakatauki that guides this project, “Paiherea, kahore e whati”, meaning: when the reeds of the toetoe are bundled together they will never be broken, separated they break easily (Te Awaitaia 1860).



 

Places for People Project Update


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July 2021: A Successful Installation

The Places for People project team warmly welcome you to enjoy the new community spaces on Bow Street, one outside Ali's and LJ Hooker, the other outside Wyld and Trade Aid.

The parklets were installed in a number of days, along with the new road markings, street art and implementation of angle parking. Big thanks to Dallas Mihinui and team who worked through the night to get the painted road art completed, which aims at providing a safer crossing environment for pedestrians.

Work has been completed on the parklets this week with finishing touches being put into mobility access and safety by the end of the week. 

Thanks to our Mayor, Allan Sanson and his wife Trisha for joining the team on Friday 2nd for the opening and a street celebration.  A small group cycled up and parked their bikes to join the opening.  

It takes a while to get used to something new and we thank you all for your patience and interest.  It’s been great seeing the community using these new spaces and watching traffic flow smoothly through the roundabout.  We encourage you to try cycling into town and pulling into the bike stands on the parklet, meet friends and enjoy a coffee whilst the kids hang out on the deck or just sit and watch the world go by.  

Feedback Welcomed

You now have the opportunity to provide feedback to help shape how we move forward. The trial period for the parklets will run through until December 2021. We will then evaluate the success of the project.  If the feedback is positive the trial will continue until March 2022. As always, your feedback is important to us and the project - we are keen to hear of your experiences and suggestions.

Feedback open:  8th - 31st July

The Places for People Project has been made possible thanks to funding from the central government, through Waka Kotahi’s (NZTA) Innovating Streets fund.

If you have any questions please contact the project team or a member of the Community Board directly.  You can do that by phone or email. Visit the RCB website www.raglancommunityboard.co.nz for project details, updates and contact information. 

We look forward to getting your input into this project.

Dennis Amoore

Mobile: 027 825 5807

Email: deamoore@farmside.co.nz

Lisa Thomson

Mobile: 021 179 8256

Email: lisa.thomson@waidc.govt.nz





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June 10th 2021  - The Parklets are coming 

The Places for People project team and Raglan Community Board are excited to announce that the Bow St parklets are under construction, and should be ready to be installed at the end of June. The Places for People Project has been made possible thanks to funding from the central government, through Waka Kotahi’s (NZTA) Innovating Streets fund.

The two parklets will be installed close to the existing raised crossings on Bow St, near Ali’s Turkish Kebabs and the second outside Trade Aid. The concept behind the parklets is to give extra space for pedestrians and cyclists to use and enjoy the downtown area. Creating seated areas to enjoy takeaways or to simply take a break and catch up with someone while walking and cycling around town. 

The great thing about the project is that as part of the trial the community will have the opportunity to provide feedback to help shape how we move forward. Once installed, the trial period for the parklets will run through until December, when we will evaluate the success of the project.  If the feedback is positive the trial will continue until March 2022. A few weeks after installation when everyone has had a chance to try the parklets and get used to the changes, you can let us know what you think of these new public spaces. Your feedback is important to us and the project, and can be given via the Community Board website and forms available from the library. 

You will also notice the addition of some road art at the crossing of Wainui Rd between the Shack & Wyld (formerly Blacksands). The road art will be painted on the surface of the road to highlight to drivers and pedestrians that this is a busy area with a lot of foot traffic.This will be done on the nights of 21, 22 and 23 June (weather permitting). Road art has been proven around the world to slow drivers down and make them feel more aware of pedestrians. 

In conjunction with the Places for People project and as a result of our monitoring and feedback from the community, Waikato District Council will be implementing some changes to reduce the congestion and improve safety at the intersection of Bow St & Wainui Rd, in front of the Harbour View Hotel. This will involve moving the give-way line forward on Wainui Rd so cars don’t stop in the middle of the crossing, and trialling a painted roundabout at the intersection of Bow St & Wainui Rd. Being just paint on the road surface it will allow trucks, emergency vehicles, and other large vehicles, or those towing to simply drive over it. There will also be give-way lines added to Bow Street in both directions. The aim of this trial is to alleviate the traffic congestion and create a more free-flowing intersection where it becomes clear who gives way to who. 

The four parallel parks in front of LJ Hooker will also be changed to angle parks for safety reasons and to minimise delays at the roundabout as people park. Each of the three raised crossings on Bow St will also be pedestrianised. All this work is scheduled to be undertaken on the nights of 21, 22, and 23 June (weather permitting).  Bow Street and Wainui Road (from the roundabout) will be closed to all through traffic on these nights.

As part of this work there will initially be a number of “safe hit” plastic poles attached to the road surface along with painted lines to indicate the intended pathway for vehicles. 

The project team has requested to keep the use of these safe hit poles to the required minimum number. If, after the trial period, the community feedback is positive and a majority of people want the changes made permanent, then the safe hit poles will be replaced with new concrete curbing and expanded garden beds on Wainui Rd.

People might be wondering about the designs for Putoetoe Place, at the bottom of Bow Street, that were developed earlier in the project.  At this stage due to cost and timing, the focus has been on delivering the two parklets and road art.  We have gathered a lot of info and feedback and there is support for a redesigned public space in the  Putoetoe Place area and this will be readdressed with the businesses and community later in the year.  

The Places for People project team would like to acknowledge that this has been quite a journey to get to this point - from lockdown to now being able to create and install some new public spaces into our town. The team recognises that there are many different opinions around town about this project. Throughout it all we have strived to listen to all the different opinions and take on board everyone’s feedback in a constructive and respectful manner. 

The opportunity to trial some changes to the downtown area, to reimagine what might be possible without using ratepayer money was an obvious choice for the Community Board and Project team and we ask that you approach this trial period with an open mind and take time to enjoy the parklet spaces.

If you have any questions please contact the project team or a member of the Community Board directly.  You can do that by phone or email. Visit the RCB website www.raglancommunityboard.co.nz for project detail, updates and contact details. 

We look forward to getting your input into this project.



March 21st 2021 - Places for People Update

Following on from our last update the project team & Community Board are pleased to announce that the design for the two parklets has been finalised. In conjunction with Waikato District Council we are presently sourcing pricing from local builders for the construction of these, while we are obtaining final approval from Waka Kotahi NZTA for our design.

Once we have pricing and a program from the tenderers, we can confirm the date for installation but our aim  is currently the end of May. The concept behind these parklets is to give extra space for pedestrians and cyclists to utilize and enjoy the downtown area, create seated areas to enjoy takeaways or simply take a break and catch up with someone while walking around town. 

The Bow street parklets will be constructed from modular interlocking parts that can be moved and rearranged in different locations and layouts, the initial locations for the trial period will be next to the existing raised crossings on Bow St, one in the vicinity of Ali’s Turkish Kebabs and the second near  Trade Aid. During the trial period which will run through to the end of March 2022, we will be seeking further feedback from the community, businesses and visitors as they enjoy and experience utilising these new public spaces. 

As part of the project, we are looking at some road art to highlight the existing busy crossing of Wainui Road from The Shack to Wyld (formerly Blacksands), this will proceed in the next two months. In conjunction with the Places for People project and as a result of our monitoring and feedback from the community, Waikato District Council is looking at a complementary project to improve the congestion and safety at the intersection of Bow st & Wainui Rd. This will involve moving the giveaway line forward on Wainui Road so cars don’t stop in the middle of the crossing, and trialling a paint-only roundabout at the intersection of Bow st & Wainui rd, similar to the one at Calvert Rd in Whale bay. Being just paint on the road surface will allow trucks and other large vehicles or those towing to simply  drive over it. There will also be give way lines added to Bow street in both directions. The aim of this trial is to alleviate the traffic congestion and create a more free flowing intersection where it becomes clear who gives way to who. 

Later in the year and into 2022, after we have all had some time to experience the changes, there will be the opportunity for feedback from the community to decide what parts of the project we would like to make permanent and what things should be returned to their current state.



If you want more information, contact the team via Dennis or Lisa.

We look forward to getting your input into this project.

Dennis Amoore

Mobile: 027 825 5807

Email: deamoore@farmside.co.nz

Lisa Thomson

Mobile: 021 179 8256

Email: lisa.thomson@waidc.govt.nz

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Geoff Kelly
Geoff Kelly
1 year ago

After attending the first presentation evening I am dismayed with the lack of data there is no baseline data we don’t know how many cars come into town how long they stay how much they spend or where they come from if you want to experiment with tge llively hood of people in this town then at least come with supporting data not analogically scripted stories of what happened in other cities or countries
For me this is a rushed project that is all about spending the $300k and nothing about getting a good outcome for Raglan
This project should be deferred until we have data that supports the premise that a town square is good for Raglan
I would rather we give the $300 k back than rush into a project that is not properly scoped out
To be told by a committee member that my business needs to drop its prices is typical of the lack of knowledge that this committee is demonstrating on how a small business operates
Further more I dispute the net carpark gain argument its not the amount of car parks it is the location of those car parks that is important
We have just come out of Covid and our reserves are low we cannot afford an experiment that is untested we cannot have a bad summer caused by a trail or experiment
Also this forum is hard to use you cannot scroll up as you are typing to reread what you have typed so impossible to prove read
These are just some of my concerns and I have been in business at the bottom end of town for a number of years.

Matt Kambic
Matt Kambic
1 year ago

At first glance, I didn’t see a major flaw in the design.

It would make a remarkable centerpiece to this amazing town. Great opportunities for people gathering, coffee-sipping, busking, harbour watching, sunset musing, with kid’s spaces, bike racks, a good mix of shade and sun. A place for pleasant strolling and sitting, while maintaining access for vehicles to move through and park nearby, at all the added extra parking spaces. (This last dependent, as usual, on visitor numbers which do saturate on busy weekends.)

The design incorporates aesthetics that are both gentle and rocking, so to speak. And lots of greenery, both the established and the new. With very busy foot traffic, and a lot of extra outside seating, businesses generally should stand to gain, though they’ll have to suffer through the construction.

Most of all, for me, though, is the beauty of creating a true ’town square’ (town oval?) with all that positively entails for Raglan. 

chrisbanksy@gmail.com
chrisbanksy@gmail.com
1 year ago

I’m “interested “ in the comments that appear to promote a discussion( somewhat deconstructively) why the council to whom we pay rates to, therefore own, have decided, finally to invest in our village that will maybe enhance our living in a developing communal space.I’m amazed that some residents seem to seek fault with the council’s intent to improve our environment..(historically WDC and Raglan District Council historically have not necessarily met the expectations of Raglan residents in regard the distribution of amenities to rate collection.
Hopefully that will progress to, believe it or not, footpaths beyond Waikowhai, Rangatahi and Flax Cove.)or for that matter anything “ within reason” and with due regard to the hopes and aspirations of our “collective “ community.
Whaingaroa has survived , its spirit intact and dare I say grown in spite of not necessarily because of the council but because of the community.
You’re doing a great job community board!!!

John Lawson
John Lawson
1 year ago

Did you consider making party bikes available to get to parking areas such as the rugby ground? eg https://www.alibaba.com/showroom/party-bikes-for-sale.html

John Lawson
John Lawson
1 year ago
John Lawson
John Lawson
4 months ago

A pity that the Board doesn’t join in the discussion and that Pūtoetoe Place has been dropped. It should have been redesigned instead.