William Fraser Memorial Park on Pohe Island Precinct Projects

Enhanced Sportsfields and Facilities

Future Project
( Council / NRU )
  • public-focus
  • well-connected
  • environment
  • liveable-community

William Fraser Memorial Park on Pohe Island represents a substantial addition to the sports and recreation opportunities in Whangarei. One of the larger projects is the recent development of five new sportsfields on the northern boundaries of the park, close to Riverside Drive. These sportsfields have been designed to be used in all weather conditions. A new building is proposed by the Northland Rugby Union (NRU).

Whangarei Activity Centre

Future Project
( Council / Bike Northland )
  • public-focus
  • well-connected
  • environment
  • liveable-community

Developed as a partnership between Council and Bike Northland, this indoor recreational facility will provide a strong youth focus. The initial focus of the facility is to further enhance cycle sports including BMX, mountain biking and track cycling. This focus will complement existing BMX facilities across Pohe Island and the high use of recreational cyclists on the shared paths.

Expanded Path/Trail Network

Future Project
( Council )
  • public-focus
  • well-connected
  • environment
  • liveable-community

The success of the Hatea Loop has illustrated public appetite for multi-use trails. Over time, additional routes will be formed on Pohe Island that will connect important internal destinations. Key destinations include Te Matau ä Pohe, the Whangarei Activity Centre, and northwestern park amenities. Most routes will circumnavigate the edges of the Wahi kai o te whakaaroaro (Meadows of Meditation)/ Kanohi o te tupuhi (Eye of the Storm). The connections will be clearly marked and signposted and provide additional walking options for visitors and residents alike.

Expanded Planting

Future Project
( Council )
  • environment
  • culture-and-heritage

A number of low coastal plantings are proposed for the wettest slopes of Pohe Island, especially in the south-east of the park. Given the existing clay-cap restriction, most of these plants are expected to be herbaceous plantings, and suitable for a riparian area. There may be an opportunity to provide for cultural materials as part of the planting scheme.

Hatea Loop Corridor

Future Project
( Council / Community )
  • public-focus
  • well-connected
  • environment
  • sustainable-futures
  • culture-and-heritage

A number of new, man-made amenities and facilities are expected to be put into place to enhance the experience of visitors to Pohe Island and the Hatea Loop. Proposed amenities include a parkour/free-running activity zone, a new jetty/kayak access, new parking, seating and shade. Community-driven projects such as the Ball Clock, Camera Obscura and Te Kakano will add value and interest to the area. Most of these new amenities can be found along the Hatea Loop corridor, and increase its status as a pre-eminent regional facility. Council has allocated funding in the LTP.

Passive Recreational Area

Future Project
( Council )
  • public-focus
  • well-connected
  • environment
  • liveable-community
  • culture-and-heritage

This area sits at the heart of Pohe Island and is intended to be a place for passive recreation. It acts as a place for contemplation in the sea of activity that surrounds it. It is anticipated that man-made structures would be limited in this space or have a very small footprint. Examples of such structures could include carved wooden (totara) seats dotted across the meadows which are horizontal poupou whenua, interspersed with a number of small poupou whenua that represent different hapü that call Whangarei home. This would also help to thematically connect Pohe Island with the various landmarks that overlook the site, such as Parihaka, Pukenui Forest, and Parakiore. Council has allocated funding for development of Pohe Island in the LTP.

 

Pohe Island, Pop-Up Retail and Activities Space

Future Project 2015 onwards
( Council / Private )
  • public-focus
  • sustainable-futures
  • liveable-community

A small number of seasonal pop-up food and beverage facilities will provide further activation of Pohe Island and the Hatea Loop. Planned facilities such as the walkway, river piers, selective removal of mangroves and the inclusion of food and beverage operators will create a focal point for activity and social interaction around the lower Hatea River. Pop up and mobile vendors will be located in the car parks when completed.

  • "This could be a great park for all of Whangarei residents to use, as it is the pathway is being used extensively, why not expand on the theme planting trees and gardens, making it a family friendly place , not just scrub land, we do not need more rugby fields. "

    Catherine - Other Ideas
  • "A large distinctive piece of art on the waterfront of Pohe Island."

    Tom - Other Ideas
  • "Having the facilities close to town would be great. Make sure the design is interesting and unique to add interest to Pohe which at the moment looks rather bleak. I do think that this should not just be about rugby. Can we have other sports provided for."

    Andrea - Enhanced Sports Fields and Facilities
  • "I would like to see something along the lines of the Hamilton gardens where there are some lovely gardens and seating areas for contemplation. Different 'themes' tying in with the gardens allowing for a place to 'chill out'."

    Jill - Passive Recreational Area
  • "I think the grass area around Pohe Island & around the dog park should be developed into a mountain bike track that can be used by all age groups from young children to adults. The track could wind around the open space including around the trees etc, and could include jumps/hills and challenges with options for both beginner and more experienced riders. This would be a great way to use that space and easily accessible. A great way to promote cycling as there are not many places to bike that are centrally located and safe areas for kids away from traffic. "

    Janelle - Cycle Activity Centre
  • "Seating that has shade and includes picnic tables would be good. What about BBQs?"

    Andrea - Hatea loop Corridor
  • "A cycle way just for kids - like the one in North Shore Auckland would be great. "

    Tom - Cycle Activity Centre
  • "Include some art installations for visual interest. What about a sensory garden for the blind and visually impaired."

    Andrea - Passive Recreational Area

Development Opportunities

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Economic Performance
Te Whakatupu Oranga Whanau

  • A range of quality educational facilities
  • A strong and sustainable economy
  • Promotion of tourism
  • Provide for marine activities

Liveable Community
Nga Whare Noho o Whangarei

  • High quality residential intensification
  • Services and facilities to meet the needs of the community
  • World class design and architecture which is unique to Whangarei
  • Safe and inviting spaces
  • Recreation and wellbeing

Culture & Heritage
Taonga tuku iho

  • Protect valued heritage buildings and uses
  • A meaningful partnership with Mana Whenua
  • Use of Te Aranga Maori design principles
  • Provide interpretation of heritage and culture
  • Celebrate local identity and our unique history

Public Focus
Whakamahorahora

  • A range of well designed spaces for civic activities, sports and recreational activities
  • Exciting and inviting day and nighttime activities, events & facilities
  • Enable interaction with the water and green spaces
  • Vibrant and attractive public spaces for all to enjoy

Well Connected
Honohono

  • Ease of movement between the city and the waterfront
  • Integrated public transport
  • Provide spaces for people of all ages and abilities
  • Comprehensive pedestrian and cycle network

Environment
Toitu te whenua, toitu te taiao

  • Provide flood protection
  • Improve water quality
  • Restore ecological edges
  • Protect surrounding green network and landscape features