3. Multi-use Community Centre

3 Multi-use community centreThe village planning project began due to a council initiated meeting regarding the future requirements of our community clubs and organisations, and the proposal of investigating a multi-use sports facility to meed those future needs.

Immediately it was recognised that a multi-use centre would have the opportunity to meet those initial criteria, but also could provide further encouragement of community engagement and use, and aim to be sustainable in terms of ongoing costs and funding requirements.


Suggestions from participants

  • Rugby club changing facilities accessible from the outside,
  • Indoor changing facilities for other activities,
  • A gymnasium large enough for an indoor basketball or netball court, but also having the flexibility to cater for other activities such as fitness training, aerobics, gymnastics, indoor bowls, indoor cricket, martial arts etc,
  • Perhaps a rock climbing wall at one end,
  • A fitness centre, run as a separate commercial entity,
  • A possible canteen or coffee shop, run as a separate commercial entity,
  • A function room with a bar and stage,
  • An all purpose room to cater for Arts groups, dance groups, conventions, community night classes etc,
  • Meeting rooms which have the flexibility to accommodate varying group sizes and layouts,
  • A commercial kitchen which can be used for functions and/or for cooking classes or demonstrations,
  • Include Playcentre Association in feasibility study – with thought of duplicate use of facility – Playcentre – and crèche.

Other considerations

Funding trends are heading towards support of multi-user centres and facilities.  Also, there is more investment around higher density centres and transport corridors.

While Patumahoe village is termed a “rural village” in planning documents, our population figure (as discussed before) has a wider catchment area in terms of recreational and social use, than an urban area with a defined geographical boundary.

For this reason, we also need to identify possible stakeholders that do not live within the 7km PVI area but whose proximity would allow them to participate and use any facility that is provided.

The Patumahoe Rugby Club, Mauku Cricket Club and Patumahoe Touch have recently created a clubrooms and changing facility which has addressed their immediate needs.  Does this need a review for long term requirements or would they prefer to keep the status quo?  Patumahoe Rugby also has utilised and maintained the Patumahoe War Memorial hall for many years, and may be comfortable with continuing this arrangement.  The option of being part of multisports complex needs to be discussed amongst their administration committee to come to a conclusion.

Locally there are three multi-sport complexes in the design process within the Franklin region:

  • Karaka Sports Park – located approx 15km away from Patumahoe village – catchment includes Karaka side of Papakura motorway.  Funding investigations in progress
  • Waiuku Sports Park – also located approx 15km – catchment area Waiuku township and surrounding areas
  • Bombay Multi-use Facility – located approx 20 km from Patumahoe village across Southern motorway – catchment area.  Feasibility study already conducted.  Request for council to acquire identified land in place.


Franklin District Council – Growth Strategy 2051 (2007)

7.9.3 Play:

Patumahoe currently has 8.5 hectares of sports fields within the Clive Howe Road Recreation Reserve and Patumahoe Domain Gates (sic) reserves.  These reserves also perform a neighbourhood park function.  The Patumahoe School also has one playing field that is well used by the community.  It is considered that this level of sports park provision will meet Patumahoe’s future requirements.  An additional neighbourhood park will be required to support the projected population of 1,640 by 2051 and the location will be determined by the direction of the development…”


Note:  As mentioned previously, this allocation figure is demonstrably conservative and out of date. Patumahoe School also uses the adjacent community fields for sports activities, and as it remains a well patronised and popular school this is likely to continue.

7.9.5 Future Actions:

In addition to the district-wide actions set out in Section 6, Patumahoe has a number of specific actions required:

Designed-based focus

  1. Establish design guidelines for the central business areas to enhance the identity and character of the town.
  2. Undertake a structure plan for future urban areas, identifying roads, reserves and residential patterns and integrating this with the structure plan already contained in the Franklin District Plan.”


Note: The Structure Plan referred to is the current Woodhouse Road development.


Planning advice:

Current trend is to locate large open areas away from any community centre as it reduces the movement of residents during the day and creates a ‘hole in the heart of the village.  Given Patumahoe’s history and club importance, discussion needs to be held on whether this trend can or should be accommodated.  Also, what other options are there?




3.1  Feasibility Study & Initial Spatial Plan

We have asked the Local Board to include in the Local Board Annual Plan allocation of $60,000 to conduct a feasibility study to investigate a multi-use centre for Patumahoe.  This request is in line with recommendation of the Franklin District Growth Strategy – 7.9.5 Future Actions.

As well as considering current clubs such as rugby, cricket, tennis, bowling and netball – this study should identify and include other stakeholders – eg.  Heritage group, Volunteer Fire Service, Plunket, Patumahoe Community Asset Trust, Playcentre, other sporting and recreational codes, and any clubs, organisations, non-profits or businesses that may be looking for a suitable venue.

Our current model of choice is Moutere Hills, in Nelson, primarily because as well as managing to coordinate all sporting codes in one facility, they extended their brief to encourage extensive use of the centre by other organisations and businesses.  After five years of operation, running at a break even point (give or take $2,000) their current turnover has almost doubled from last year, and they will be making a substantial profit.  A truly sustainable and beneficial community asset – that has encouraged and achieved community engagement and is valued as such.

We believe that a feasibility study will provide a specific direction for asset management and growth that at present is non-existent.  This direction will provide information for decision making that can not only protect the current community connections, but enhance and encourage further community involvement both from planned new residents and currently unengaged ones.


3.2  Initial Spatial Plan for village centre

In order to create a relevant spatial plan, it is also important that the conclusion of this study (3.1) also provides options for a basic concept spatial plan which will retain and enhance the heart of the village taking into consideration the results of the study.  This consideration has been a priority for many of the respondents so far.


This spatial planning will allow discussions with local community, affected landowners and council to take place with clear objectives and considerations noted.  It will also help to define how to protect and maintain our community characteristics and values.

The feasibility study will provide one of the key documents for spatial planning and requests for long term community facilities and funding.

This process will also follow the recommendations of the Franklin District Growth Strategy 2051 (2007) which recommended that Patumahoe undertake a design based focus and produce a Structure Plan for the future urban areas, identifying road, reserves and residential patterns and integrating this with the structure plan already contained in the Franklin District Plan.


3.3 Land acquisition for Multi-Use facility and active sports fields

We have also asked the Local Board that budgetary and priority consideration be given to possible land acquisition resulting from this process.  Future development contributions can then be utilised to acquire land in order to help mitigate the effects on the existing village residents.

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