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Making the Jewel of the City shine

 
This page contains information about members of the Youth Advisory Group that will shortly start this year's Jewel of the City survey.
Updated: 16/02/2018 2:58 p.m.

One thing is sure about the summer months and that is that the Hatea Loop will be bustling with residents and visitors keen to enjoy the “Jewel of the City”.

Since 2014 our Youth Advisory Group (YAG) has been surveying people out and about on the Hatea Loop to find out what they think about it, what improvements they’d like to see and seeing just how many people are taking advantage of this great space.

This year the team will be out at different times of the day from Monday 22 January until Monday 29 January. However, instead of the wider more generalised scope of the survey in former years, the team will focus on four locations around the Loop and the information collected will be used to inform some specific proposed projects. 

Council's landscape architect Jed Whitaker saw the annual survey project as a great opportunity to get out and talk to the community about another couple of projects Council have coming up. This team will be at the playground, the Pocket Park and the two proposed sites on Pohe Island and the Bascule Car park next to Te Matau a Pohe.

“Proposed development on Pohe Island includes further car parking and a destination playground. At Bascule Car Park we are looking at creating a more inviting open space between the car park and the water.

“The YAG members will have large photo boards to spark everyone’s imagination and ideas so we can gather community feedback to help us understand how people would like to use these new spaces,” Jed said. 

“We want to know if people want to see more open active space? Play for children? Social spaces? Or something else?”

The feedback will be used to help define the brief before design work commences. These projects are both subject to funding in the Long Term Plan 2018-2028 but we are keen to hear what the public think now.

Once the Jewel of the City survey has been completed, a report will be presented to Council in March.

You can view the 2017 Jewel of the City Report and read more about the Youth Advisory Group on the Youth page on our website.

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