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Zanta Jones

Facilities Advisor
Phone: 027 290 8477

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Sport & Active Recreation Facilities

The Taranaki Regional Sport and Recreation Facilities – A Strategic Approach to Future Planning, is a guiding document for the future planning and prioritisation of facilities in Taranaki.  

The Taranaki Regional Sport and Recreation Facilities Steering Group which includes members from New Plymouth District Council, Stratford District Council, South Taranaki District Council, TET, TSB Community Trust, NZCT, Sport NZ, and Sport Taranaki, as well as advisors from Venture Taranaki and Taranaki Regional Council, adopted the agreed Approach in August 2018.  The Approach was prepared by Global Leisure Group in 2017 following a research and consultation process as well as a code-by-code analysis of 38 sports within the region. 

The key drivers for the Approach were a desire from funders to invest, often limited resources, where it will have the greatest impact, an acknowledgement of the hierarchy of facilities, a region-wide view of the challenges regarding sports facilities, and a framework for prioritising needs over wants. A set of Facility Planning Principles and Criteria to improve decision making for facility provision and investment were developed to provide a road-map to guide regional and local decision-making and investment in sport and recreation facilities to grow and sustain community participation. 

The criteria that future facility development will be assessed against are outlined below:

-          Meets an identified need

-          Flexible and adaptable

-          Multi-purpose

-          Sustainable including consideration of whole of life cost

-          Co-location, collaboration, integration

-          Accessibility

-          Strategic alignment

-          Enhances sport pathways

The process is not intended to replace decision-making processes for individual stakeholders or detailed, site-specific investigations but to inform and make recommendations to assist in the prioritisation of facility projects in line with the agreed Approach.

Idea Meet Notify Report  

Form for notifying the Taranaki Regional Facilities Steering Group.

Form for reporting to the Taranaki Regional Facilities Steering Group.

To discuss your facility challenges contact your local Council Officer or Zanta Jones, Active Living and Capability Lead at Sport Taranaki via email, or 06 759 0930 ext 725.