Not yet safe.
In June 2019, the Environment Court confirmed the Open Space zoning of the Matarangi golf course property. The key open space is saved from subdivision but unfortunately not yet secure for the long-term future. With your support, the Matarangi Community Trust aims to purchase the land and amenities for the community.
Open space counts
Today we have one opportunity to make open space at Matarangi count forever. Let’s plan for the preservation of the fabulous spit head walk, along with the vital open space of the golf course.
Local focus counts
There is the potential to make a new Matarangi community centre using the spacious clubhouse on Matarangi Drive. Let’s make it our community hub of Matarangi with a great café, indoor and outdoor sports and recreation activities – a place for all of us to gather and enjoy.
LATEST NEWS .
Matarangi Community Trust Up and Running
The Matarangi Community Trust (MCT) has got off to a quick start, making a $1,000 donation for the maintenance of the popular Matarangi Bluff track. The trust also approved a grant to repair security cameras that record the movement of vehicles in and out of Matarangi.
Over the next 12 months the Trust’s prime objective is to secure community support for plans to preserve key open spaces following the recent change of ownership for the Dunes golf course at Matarangi. The new owners are a group of residents who have generously provided temporary advances to Matarangi Land Holding Ltd (MLH), enabling the acquisition of the property by local interests. With the help of enthusiastic volunteers MLH has already re-launched the golf club with a membership drive and breathed new life into the clubhouse.
The Matarangi Ratepayers Association has for decades believed that community ownership of the golf course properties is the only sure way to prevent subdivision and preserve the amenities of the open space, the spit head walking track, the golf course, the bowling green and the spacious clubhouse building.
Many other Matarangi amenities such as the tennis courts, the Bluff tracks and the proposed Harbour Park will need similar support in the future. All are crucial to keeping Matarangi such a wonderful holiday settlement. Having seen the need for a new charitable entity able to own, promote and maintain some of these amenities, MRAI sponsored the formation of the Matarangi Community Trust.
MLH and MCT are working closely in tandem with professional advisers to sort out a long-term plan for ownership and operation of the recently acquired golf course property. The issues are complex and all parties including the Thames Coromandel District Council and the Waikato Regional Council are working together to reach the best outcome. Even with all the good will in the world it will take months to finalise the go-forward plan.
Once there is an agreed plan, there will be a campaign to fund the Trust for its proposed activities.
A majority of the MCT trustees must be Matarangi residents or ratepayers and they are appointed by a panel nominated by the Mercury Bay Community Board and MRAI.
We hope you will support this opportunity to preserve and improve the Matarangi community and its environment for the future. Donations to the Matarangi Community Trust are eligible for a 33.33% tax credit.
4 kilometres of safe ocean beach, fishing, tennis, walking, cycling, golf, harbour sailing, water sports – and potential for more. Let’s hold on to all these amenities and keep them in tip-top shape.
We have view corridors and open space designed so all can enjoy near and distant views of ocean, islands, harbour and the Coromandel ranges. Let’s preserve all of these for the long haul.