Community facilities: Skate Park and Pump Track

Community facilities: Skate Park and Pump Track

The new Skate Park and Pump Track is attracting hundreds of visitors of all ages every week, who are making the most of the world-class facilities right here in Tairāwhiti.

The collective that fundraised and project managed both facilities, Tairāwhiti Adventure Trust (TAT), has a mission for young people to achieve their potential through action and adventure sports.

TAT chair Haimona Ngata says the Skate and Pump Track offers much more than a sporting outlet.

“These facilities are about building resilience in individuals and a community around these sports – but it is a far more holistic view on enriching people’s lives. We need to invest in social assets that will help people to live a more vibrant life.”

Trust Tairāwhiti contributed over $2.88m towards the Skate Park and Pump Track, two 'early win' projects in the Tairāwhiti Sports Facilities Business Case.

“That support has meant we can implement the projects that we are keen to get off the ground. It’s not just about the financial support either, but also the back-end support in capturing statistics of the impact these projects have. That is vital to us as it says these were both warranted and needed,” Haimona says.

“That provides a solid rationale to funders and stakeholders, and there is community buy-in. These two projects can be used as a blueprint for others. For us, it is about empowering our communities to have a better say on the facilities in our region. It is a far bigger picture.”

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Horahia Te Tau - Annual Report 2022