Location: Stoke, Nelson
Timeframe: 2006 - Oct 2021
Te Ao - The context
In 2006, requests from the Nelson City Youth Council for a youth space were included in the Nelson long- term plan. However, 13 years of community consultation and debates about the proposed space made it challenging for the project to move into the design phase.
Mauri - What created the spark
Whanake Youth Trust worked with the Youth Council and local schools to hear what young people really wanted and made recommendations to Nelson City Council. A draft report was presented to Nelson Council and approved. Young people were then a core part of the design and construction process, and continue to help shape the youth space today through the social enterprise coffee cart where they can learn about running a business, and plans for phase two including parkour facilities.
Hononga - The organisations that made it happen
- Project leadership: Nelson City Council
- Youth engagement: Lee-ann O’Brian, Whanake Youth Trust
- Design: Kūmānu Environmental
- Build: Nelmac
- Skatepark element design and build: Swain Construction
- Cultural guidance: local iwi and kaumātua Barney Thomas, Melanie McGregor, Harvey Ruru and Te Ahu Rei
- Other funders, partners, suppliers: Rātā Foundation, Boxman, Prince's Trust, Nelson Martinborough Institute of Technology, Prince’s Trust, Nelson Martinborough Institute of Technology