After crowdfunding successfully raised $1.25million to buy an 8.5-hectare piece of land, plans were prepared to integrate it into the beautiful Te Mata Park in Hawke’s Bay.

We prepared and lodged a non-compliant resource consent application for our client, Te Mata Park Trust, to undertake recreation activities, including tree planting, mountain biking and walking track developments on this new section of land. The park is seen as a taonga tuku iho (heavenly gift); it is the iconic feature of Hawke’s Bay. This consent was complex and included archaeological sites and significant landscape areas that are of cultural and ecological importance to the region. Working collaboratively with our client, Heritage New Zealand and Hastings District Council we confirmed that any adverse effects were considered and mitigated appropriately whilst ensuring the vision and outcomes of the project were recognised.