Laurenson Park, Diamond Harbour

Te Ahu Patiki/Mt Herbert Community Garden Group is seeking a lease over Laurenson Park at 123 Marine Drive, Diamond Harbour, to develop a community garden for the benefit of residents in the wider Purau to Teddington area.

Project status: Decision made
Open for feedback: 1 November 2021 to 6 December 2021

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Update January 2022

We received a total of 115 submissions from the community and organisations. You can read the feedback below. 

Submissions [PDF, 6.9 MB]

The Te Ahu Patiki/Mt Herbert Community Garden group have advised that, after considerable discussion and reflection on their application for the use of Laurenson Park, they are not going to proceed with their application.

The group want to acknowledge the importance of Laurenson Park for the local emergency services and the community.

Council staff will continue to work with the group on investigating potential alternative locations for a community garden in the wider Diamond Harbour area. We will be back in touch if a potential location can be found.

Background and plans

The plans for the community garden include a vegetable garden, herb garden, berry plantings, orchard and food forest, along with a wildflower area (to encourage pollinating insects) and an area for individual allotments. 

There will also be a family/children's area with bbq and play area. 

The garden will be staged over time as resources allow, but will eventually cover the entire park of 8498m and will include buildings towards the rear of the park for storage, community use/education, and a tunnel house. 

The gardens will not restrict public access into and through the park.

Terms of the lease

The Te Ahu Patiki/Mt Herbert Community Garden Group is a sub-committee of the Diamond Harbour Community Association, who will hold the lease.

The new lease will be for a term of 15 years, with three five-year renewal periods.

The new lease will be in accordance with the Reserves Act 1977 and fees and charges will be in line with Council’s standard charging rates.

The decision-making process

The decision whether to hold a hearings panel will be made once we know if people wish to speak to their submission.

If a hearing is required it will be held in early 2022 and a report will then go to the Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū Banks Peninsula Community Board for a final decision in 2022.

If no hearing is required, a report will go to the Board for a decision by February/March 2022.

Talk to the team

If you would like to discuss this project withthe team, please join us.

Date: Wednesday 10 November 2021

Time:  between 4.30pm to 6.30pm

Location: Laurenson Park


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Who to contact

Sam Sharland,
Engagement Advisor

How the decision is made

  • Decision made