A public notification in 2020 inviting comment on a proposal to sell the ex-naval buildings in the park to TS Godley (Sea Cadets) with a ground lease led to a request from the community for a plan for the whole reserve, before deciding on the future of the buildings.
In response to this request we have worked with representatives from Cass Bay Residents’ Association, the Reserves Management Committee, TS Godley, and Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke to prepare a draft landscape plan for your feedback.
The draft plan is in two parts (main section and lower section of the park), and includes suggested priorities and actions for park development, access, and use.
The draft landscape plan responds to feedback about
- how the natural environment of the site can be best developed and managed
- management of the heritage landscape and features
- the need for better public access
- community use of the buildings
- longstanding use of part of the park as an eco-sourced plant nursery
- car parking provision
- establishing walking links and circuits
Current use and care of the ex-naval buildings
TS Godley has used the ex-naval buildings at HMNZS Steadfast for over 50 years for training and weekend camps. However, they have never had formal tenure with either the Council or previous central government owners. Meanwhile, a range of community groups have also used the building for community meetings and as a civil defence emergency base.
With some help from the Council, TS Godley have generally managed and maintained the buildings, but their condition has slowly deteriorated and they need upgrading. TS Godley have offered to undertake repairs at their cost if they can secure long-term tenure to justify investment of their own funds and enable applications for community funding.
To date, TS Godley and community representatives (Cass Bay Residents Association) have worked together to develop a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a framework for shared use of the buildings to be attached to a possible lease to TS Godley.