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 engagement shows passion for the future of Raglan





October 22, 2020

The Places for People, He Whenua He Tangata project team is celebrating the high level of engagement in the community that the recent submission process attracted.

Drop-in sessions held over the previous months were attended by many locals, providing a variety of opinions on the community-led project. A very successful workshop was also held with students of Raglan Area School, where the voice of our youth was heard loud and clear.

Overall a total of 295 submissions were received. For the proposed changes in front of Orca at the Bow Street / Wallis Street intersection area ( Pūtoetoe Place ) there was 58% in support and  33% were against the plan and 9% in part. As far as the proposed parklet on Bow Street is concerned, 61% were in support, 28% were against and 11% in part support.

As many in  the community will know, this project has sparked  vigorous  debate within our town and the next steps of the project will be determined, much more than simply by the numbers. The project team are now analysing the large number of comments received by the community that go hand in hand with the submissions.

One purpose of the project is creating places downtown for people to gather and enjoy what the town has to offer. There was a lot of support for the creation of a space in central Raglan that is pedestrian-friendly and attractive to simply hang out for a while. However one of the main areas of concern is parking in the downtown area of Raglan and the potential impact the project would have on parking and businesses in the area.

With this in mind the project team are acutely aware of the intent to bring people together, so progress on the Pūtoetoe place area will go on hold while further discussions continue with the businesses in that area.  A finalised design for the proposed Bow Street parklet as presented in the drop in sessions will be coming out soon, and there are ongoing discussions about a location for a second parklet in town. 

Another purpose of the project is to improve the safety, confidence and attractiveness of other modes of transport like walking, cycling  and access for mobility scooters.  There will also be improvements to road crossings making the downtown safer and more pedestrian friendly.

How the overall project continues to evolve will become clear over the coming months, there is a lot of analysis by the project team and further discussion with the businesses and community that needs to take place. 

Project Manager Dennis Amoore from the Raglan Community Board says  “We’d just like to say a huge thank-you to the people of Raglan for getting involved. Submissions both for and against showed a lot of passion and care for our town and community, though there were very different ideas about what it should and shouldn't strive to be.”

“We believe it's in processes like these - where everyone's ideas and concerns and values are respected - that we can make decisions together as a community.”

Look out for another update in a couple of weeks.  You can visit the Raglan Community Board website www.raglancommunityboard.co.nz for more information about parklets and the project  plus contact details for the team should you have any queries.

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
2 months 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.

John Lawson
John Lawson
2 months ago

Who’s decided safer ways for people to bike to town and safe walking paths are out of scope? If the aim is to reduce the impact of traffic, people need other ways to get to town.

Matt Kambic
Matt Kambic
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago
John Lawson
John Lawson
2 months ago

Why is it called Pūtotoe Place, but the plants illustrated aren’t toetoe?

Chad Huirama
Chad Huirama
2 months ago

How’s about you happy come lately people actually consult with the Iwi, whanau, Marae and Mana Whenua from around Whaingaroa. Talk to the whanau who are the original owners of Raglan through whakapapa that spans generations back to our Tainui Waka. Not YOU people who have occupied the land lately or through your colonial thievery that’s taken place since you pakeha arrived only 150 years ago. Maori whakapapa and heritage dates back over 700 years, long before you thieving imposters turned up and start making your own idea on life out Whaingaroa. So before you start planning anything come speak to the mana whenua first and see what we think is best for our town. If anyone got a problem with this let me know and I’ll come speak to you face to face. Be warned you could get a taiaha to the dome if you start being disrespectful.

John Lawson
John Lawson
2 months ago

“We heard clearly through the community-wide survey that the community wanted . . . less car dominance.” So why 13 more carparks than at present?