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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, Letting Space.

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 Rangitāne.

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

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