Town Centre Plans
Town Centre Plans
During 2014 Town Centre Plans were created for the towns of Bulls, Marton, Hunterville and Taihape. The Town Centre Plans identified a vision for each town and put into place a plan of how that could be achieved through a number of different place-making strategies.
Since the development of the Town Centre Plans, many Rangitikei residents and business owners have been implementing a number of place-making projects.
In Bulls – seats were constructed, painted and placed in the business core, murals were painted through the town and planters are regularly refreshed for seasonal colour (including Christmas Trees in December 2014). Other projects include the colourful Bulls’ hooves on pavement and a Youth Project of painting cubes which will go into Walker Park.
In Marton – look for the Wild Bird Café, plastic butterflies in one of the trees on Broadway, a quote chalkboard on the old Elim Church building, the new walkway between Marton Park and St Stephen’s Church and the painted fence at Centennial Park. A Youth Project saw art students at Rangitikei College paint mural panels which went onto the public toilets on Lower High Street.
In Taihape - a deck was built at the Town Hall building and their Youth Project was to paint a landscape mural on the fence located at the Town Hall.
In Hunterville – Queens Park has undergone a makeover, with painting park furniture and play equipment and pruning trees. There are plans to connect the Huntaway Dog in Queens’ Park with Patrick the Ram and flock statues on Bruce Street -drawing visitors into the village’s business area.
7 Day Makeover Bulls and Marton
7 Day Makeovers in Bulls and Marton were held in early February with great success. Led by Creative Communities’ internationally renowned place-maker David Engwicht, the 7 Day Makeover concept is designed to help participants work together to transform public spaces based on place-making principles. Place-making is a planning process which builds on community strengths, is community-led and seeks to transform ordinary spaces into vibrant places to be used by residents and visitors alike. With David’s guidance, participants learnt about the principles of place-making, developed a Makeover Strategy, then in project teams Project Teams, implemented their project during the week.
The turnout of volunteers of both towns was significant, with over 30 volunteers for each town. Notable in Marton was the strong support of local businesses.
Bulls locals transformed the area between the information centre and bakery, with funky painting of the fading mural, repurposed windows as artwork the removal of bollards to open up the area and the addition of bright seating. Further seating was added outside of the bakery along the footpath. A new deck was constructed across the road outside the burger bar, with the addition of moveable seating and the painting of existing seating to provide a rest stop area for travellers. Plantings in both areas support the relaxed atmosphere.
The Marton locals completed a hugely ambitious renovation of a crossing area midway down Broadway. Seating was replaced to with a wave seat and lounger and a seating platform complete with bean bags. The area across the road was transformed into a children’s ‘secret garden’, with a trail incorporating two bridges, kids size bench seating, an arch, kids sized tables and chairs and other surprises along the way (gnomes). Significant lighting was installed to complement both areas. Plans are already underway to extend the makeover further up the street, with a jumbo connect four already in place!
It’s great to see all the made-over areas being well-used.
7 Day Makeover Bulls - Photos
7 Day Makeover Marton - Photos
Exploring Possibilities Workshops – Mangaweka and Turakina
Exploring Possibilities Workshops, also led by Creative Communities’ internationally renowned place-maker David Engwicht, have occurred with the communities of Mangaweka and Turakina.
During the facilitated workshops with David, participants identified what they value and their vision for the future of their settlement.
Participants in Mangaweka used their meeting as a shot in their collective creative arms to start a series of small projects.
The first took place on Saturday 19 December 2015. Councillor Richard Aslett said 10 people tidied up the southern entrance to the village. When trimming back overhanging trees near State Highway 1, they unearthed a fully functional Spark telephone box. The volunteer crew also pulled weeds outside the DC3 Aeroplane Café and painted old tables and chairs which were then located to Main Street under some of the verandas. “Overall the team were thrilled with the results of the first make-over and phone calls and emails are currently circulating as to what to get on to next,” said Mr. Aslett.
How to Get Involved
Projects are ongoing, if you want to get involved contact the Policy Team on 06 327 0099.