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Our Future Masterton: Ahutahi ki mua - Moving Forward Together

Masterton District Council has committed to a citizen-led strategy for the reimagining and rejuvenation of Masterton CBD. The vision is focused on a strong citizen contribution to a 50-year vision for the Masterton CBD — the objective is simple: wide community ownership and contribution of the possibilities for change.

In late 2016 ‘Discovery workshops’ and many stakeholder meetings were held to understand the context that assists in the public reimagining and rejuvenation of Masterton’s town centre as a living space for all. The programme is being facilitated independently by the 2016 workshop’s creators, celebrated national public art and urban revitalisation project Letting Space and Massey University, Toi Aria: Design for Public Good.

The 2016 workshops engaged with a broad spectrum of people from Masterton community, including: Masterton businesses, community groups, Māori and youth, the recreational sector and Masterton District Councilors. These provided strong insight of what Masterton people see as important and areas of opportunities for focus in future development. This work provides a good grounding for further engagement and exploration for reimagining and rejuvenation of Masterton CBD.

The programme of work for 2017

The organisers say ‘Our Future Masterton’ will continue to meet and workshop with Masterton people to begin to form tangible perspectives of ways in which to bring the CBD, and surrounding areas, to life. This process will explore opportunities for further development and engagement with a wide cohort of people, particularly those who haven’t as yet engaged with this project to ensure we are moving forward together.

Our Future Masterton will also include this year a physical ‘Our Future Masterton’ Hub: located in the CBD, a hands-on temporary interactive space is being built so people can share ideas for the future, comment on other past and present ideas and explore potential areas of physical spatial change in the CBD – through both displays and mini-workshops, using creative material to stimulate discussion.

Also, as part of this project Urban Dream Brokerage have an opportunity for the appointment of a local broker to help co-ordinate initiatives, on the ground. The job description is available online at
Urban Dream Brokerage brokers use vacant commercial space for innovative ideas generated by the community, encouraging the revitalisation of CBDs and testing out new uses for public areas.

Keen to participate in 2017 activities?

If you would like to keep up to date with activities, regular updates will be provided through the ‘Our Future Masterton’ Facebook page and you can also get in touch through for more information.

Reports from Stage 1. ‘Our Future Masterton’

Reports from the 2016 workshops are now available to view below and ‘Our Future Masterton’ Facebook page; this will act as a portal for information about the project.

These summarise discussions from the different sessions carried out in Stage 1 of this project.

Stage 1 Summary Report

Stage 1 Workshop 1

Stage 1 Workshop 2

Stage 1 Workshop 3 Hui

Stage 1 Workshop 4


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