Planning Ahead for our Children: What's our next Pukekura Park or Coastal Walkway?

07 July 2017

The possibility of a flagship project every five or 10 years with strict financial management is being raised for discussion and public feedback by New Plymouth District Council (NPDC).  

A flagship project could be a new recreation or sports facility, or an initiative that boosts the district’s economy – for instance, by attracting a major event.

Alternatively, NPDC could revamp an existing lifestyle facility, so they can continue to meet the needs of a growing population.

Councillor Stacey Hitchcock says the visionary work of our forebears resulted in the creation of Pukekura Park, Puke Ariki and the Coastal Walkway – award-winning attractions that have put New Plymouth District on the map.

“Success is a long-term project that’s built on good financial judgement,” she says.

“These flagship attractions are a legacy of the foresight and investment of previous generations, which have contributed to Lonely Planet naming Taranaki one of the top-two destinations in the world.

“We need to ask ourselves: how can we continue our success for our children? What’s our vision and how can we pay for it?

“By keeping a tight rein on our finances, we think we could plan for a flagship project every five to 10 years.”

Adds Councillor Harry Duynhoven: “Our district is growing fast. It’s home to about 80,000 people now and it’s forecast to hit 106,000 in 30 years.

“But we want our home to be more than just habitable; we want the mod cons that keep it comfortable and attractive – for ourselves and our visitors.

“We have to recognise that our district can’t stand still and we should prepare for the future.”

The Council would like to know what you think – just go online to and fill in the short survey. Everyone who completes a survey will go in the draw to win an iPad.