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Stoke youth park

Whanake Youth

Stoke youth park

Whanake Youth

Location: Stoke, Nelson
Timeframe: 2006 - Oct 2021
Cost: $670,000

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

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