Youth and Māori views sought for future look of Masterton
A youth and Māori input is being sought to help shape the
rejuvenation of the Masterton town centre.
The council is undertaking a series of workshops as stage one
of a project to develop a long term vision for the CBD for the
next 50 years. Massey University, in partnership with Letting
Space, has been engaged by the Council to facilitate this first
stage of consultation and they aim to ensure that young people,
and in particular tangata whenua, share their vision for the
future look of Masterton CBD
“We want to start to imagine possibilities through
identifying our distinctive strengths, and what are both our
current, and potential, shared spaces,” says Mark Amery,
director of public art and urban revitalisation organisation,
A workshop, Help Build Our Future Masterton, is being held at
Whakaoriori Marae, UCOL, on Tuesday 25 October 9.30am-12.30pm.
The invitation is to those under 35 years of age and their
whānau, and also those who identify as Ngāti Kahungunu and
This workshop is part of a series of workshops – Our Future
Masterton: Ahutahi ki mua – moving forward together – aimed at
enabling wide and diverse public participation in developing a
vision for the urban rejuvenation of the centre of town.
The project is a collaboration between Toi Aria: Design for
Public Good, Massey College of Creative Arts, and Letting Space,
on behalf of Masterton District Council.
To date two workshops have been held. The first workshop was
with councillors and the council’s senior management team in
August. The second workshop was held in September at the
Masterton Club with over 50 participants. The third workshop
this month will continue the conversation with the wider
community. A fourth workshop is scheduled for late November and
will be focusing on encouraging views from the businesses and
building owners in the CBD.
The project is focused on delivering a long-term urban plan
for Masterton town centre, looking as far as 50 years ahead, and
at this stage is about ensuring engagement and ownership from
all perspectives, Mr Amery says.
“Our core purpose is to widen the group of stakeholders in
the future planning for urban Masterton so that there is strong,
community led momentum for the town centre's design and spaces.
Rather than a focus on fixing current issues and problems, we
will focus on what are the possibilities.”
NB: Help Build Our Future Masterton: Tuesday 25 October
9.30am-12.30pm, Whakaoriori Marae, UCOL. Limited to 35 people.
RSVP via [email protected]
19 Oct 2016