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Titirangi business development case

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There is a full council meeting on Thursday with a hefty 528 page agenda to get through. There will be a lot of reading and research put in by councillors this week in preparation. To be effective, councillors need to carefully read through the agenda and arm themselves with relevant questions relating to each agenda item.

We have two public deputations to start the meeting. One from Mary Clarke relating to the Mangatai Forest, and the other from Shane Kingsbeer and Barry Atkinson, relating to a skatepark redevelopment. I always look forward to these public presentations as it gives people the opportunity to bring issues they are passionate about to our attention. They are always very interesting items, normally of much interest to our community. Councillors can only ask relevant questions after each presentation.

A topical agenda item is the Titirangi Redevelopment Project Business Case. This single-stage study follows on from the original business case and options analysis, delivered to the council in April 2018. In particular, further investigation of the economic and financial case was undertaken to examine the prospects of a multi-use facility on the summit. This includes the probability of achieving community and cultural outcomes, as well as its financial viability and self-sustainability. A mixed-delivery model is proposed in the economic case, with a focus on socially sustainable tourism and its importance to underpin more traditional environmental and economic tourism models.

Titirangi maunga is an important component of the Tairawhiti Navigations Project, and the council has been working collaboratively with Ngati Oneone to recognise sites of significance on and around Titirangi. As per the outcomes of the 2018 business case and options analysis, the following resolution was passed to:

a) Note the........

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