Since my last article I am pleased to say that we are seeing some progress in Ōtaki.
Over the last few weeks Council has been constructing the new Basketball “half court” at Haruatai Park, which is close to being finished, and we are currently working on an opening day with a BBQ, prizes and shooting some hoops. It’ll be a great day and I encourage those interested to come.
Following on from the Annual Plan process we have finalized the Ōtaki Pool project after being fully costed and adjusted to take into account movements in construction cost increases over the last 2 years. This is a significant spend in Otaki of just over $5 million (including the splash pad) and will provide a clean, modern facility with full disability access for all our community to enjoy for many years. The investment also demonstrates confidence in Ōtaki to those looking at moving into the district to live, raise children, open a business etc. The team has done a great job in the design of the building and it is certainly something that I am proud of and I think represents the community well.
You may remember we also submitted into the Annual Plan requesting a Dog Walking Park in Ōtaki. This was largely in response to a submission by a resident into the Long Term Plan with an accompanying petition with hundreds of signatures and we felt it had merit. This has been approved and dog owners can look forward to a safe environment to exercise and socialize their pooches.
Good progress has also been made on the slip at Blue Bluff in the Ōtaki Gorge with the work to re-establish the road and terrace the slip face well under way. All going well it should be re-open for the summer season and from reading the comments online I know many will be looking forward to this.
Lastly its great to see a couple of new shops that have recently opened in Ōtaki. Marmot who, as their Facebook page say sell “professional quality outdoor gear. Inspired by the alpinist spirit of adventure to search and achieve in a harsh world, our products are simple, appropriate, dependable and damn good looking” and Box of Birds whose page states they sell products that are unique, driven by simplicity and a need for quality. Above all these curated objects are well priced.
If you haven’t been in for a look I encourage you to do so as it’s a great shop. I am also aware of a couple of other business considering opening a store here so it will be great to see the empty shops fill up again.
You can play your part by supporting these shops and buying local. This in turn keeps businesses open, provides more employment opportunities and keeps money in our local economy.
Hei konā rā – James Cootes