Mangakino Lakefront Development
The survey to gather feedback on the redevelopment of the lakefront and Mangakino reserve closed on Friday 3 March 2023.
Thank you for all of the feedback received and thank you to everybody who came along to the community engagement events in February 2023.
Staged approach to lakefront development
Stage 1: Current Long-Term Plan 2021
Council has several assets at the Mangakino Lakefront that are maintained or replaced as part of our Asset Management Plan. There have been delays in the asset upgrade programme in Mangakino, partly due to Covid-19, but the following renewal projects have previously been consulted on and budgeted in the Long-Term Plan 2021 and will be undertaken:
- Renewal of the toilet block at the lakefront
- Road to be graded to the boat ramp
- Renewal of jetty
- Renewal of boat ramp.
Stage 2: Next Long-Term Plan 2024
In 2017, the Mangakino community, key stakeholders and user groups were surveyed to help develop a plan to better manage the increased activity at the Mangakino Lakefront. From this survey a report was produced, which suggested future changes to the Mangakino Lakefront.
A concept plan of what the lakefront could look like was developed using the ideas and feedback from that consultation. The concept plan was discussed at community engagement events held in February 2023. This engagement will feed into the upcoming Long-Term Plan in 2024.
Community preferences for concept plan
The concept plan that was developed based on previous consultation was circulated at community engagement events held in Mangakino in February 2023 (concept plan maps are shown below).
The aim of the engagement events and survey was to gather feedback and figure out what the preferences of the community are. The information gained from these sessions will be used to help inform Council when making decisions and to help plan for our lakefront to be safer, more user-friendly and to enable the care and protection of our environment for future generations.
In the survey and at the engagement events, we especially wanted to hear views on keeping people, boating and camping activities together in one place, or having these activities in separate locations. Some of the people, boating and camping things we also got feedback on included:
- Where the playground should be
- Where the car parking should be
- Where a camping area should be (in Mangakino), and what kind of camping – tents or self-contained campers or both
- Where concession sites should be and how many
- Where boat trailer parking should be
- Whether there is support for a second boat ramp where the old rowing club one was, upstream of Matekuri Island
- Any other ideas or suggestions were welcomed.
Three maps are shown above were used to help with providing feedback (expand to view full screen):
- MAP A: Zoomed in concept map of the area for people activities.
- MAP B: A concept map of the entire lakefront area showing how activities could be separated.
- MAP C: A blank map of the entire lakefront area for you to draw your suggestions onto.
Mangakino lakefront development FAQs
Activity at the lakefront is continuing to grow and there are lots more people, vehicles, bikes, boats etc. Council wants to make sure that the area is designed with safety in mind, to best accommodate the people using this recreation area, and to enable the care and protection of the environment.
Any items included in a Long-Term Plan are funded through rates and sometimes through external funding. If there was no further redevelopment at the lakefront, rates may still go up, as we are rated district wide – this means that all ratepayers pay towards all district assets.
The new toilet block will be larger and the current location of the Bus Stop Café will be too close to the toilets. An interim site will be offered, on similar basis to the previous lease agreement, while the Lakefront Redevelopment consultation occurs and until the final plan is implemented.
In the concept plan, concession sites for operators are suggested. It is also suggested that the Bus Stop Café owner would have first refusal on any new concession sites. Any long-term decision about concessions/leases etc will be made in consultation with the lakefront landowners/stakeholders.
Council manages and maintains the lakefront area, but the majority of the land is currently owned by Land Information New Zealand, with Mercury operating easements and has land subject to Waitangi Tribunal Claims.
This is still up for discussion and we want to hear your opinions on it. The safety suggestion, to move it away from boat trailer parking, has been included on the concept plan for discussion. Please come along to our community consultation sessions in Mangakino, when these dates, times and locations are publicised.
The draft plan is suggesting possible concession sites but there is no detail on what these will be. The expectation is that they will be mobile operations. Concession sites could also possibly be for activity operators or retail.
No this isn’t the confirmed position for the caravans/food trucks, this is still up for discussion, as is the number of sites.
This is still up for discussion, and we want to hear your opinions on it. This project would also require a resource consent process.
The scheduled renewals projects, the new toilet block, the graded road, and the renewal of the boat jetty and ramp will take place in the first half of 2023. There is no budget for any further lakefront redevelopment at this stage. The next steps are to undertake community consultation, and then develop a final lakefront plan and list of projects. This will form part of the Long-Term Plan 2024 discussions and formal consultation with the whole district. Council will deliberate and allocate any funding to the lakefront redevelopment plan in stages over a 10-year period.
We are open to suggestions on the best ways to keep the community informed, but we will also be sharing updates in the following ways:
We will also be communicating through the Mangakino Chronicle, Mangakino Community Facebook pages, via the Mangakino Pouakani Representative Group, and will have information available at the library.
If you have any questions, you can call us on 0800 ASK TDC any time and we’ll be looking at opportunities to talk to you in person when we can.