Open space counts
Who is behind the Trust?
Members of the Matarangi community. Five Matarangi residents have volunteered to be trustees of the Trust. They are Alastair MacCormick (Chair), Alan Cunningham, Allan Dickinson, Alison Hackett, Glenn Leach and Sharon Walker.
Why must the community own the land?
If the community does not own and control the land, its future would be forever uncertain. For instance, a future change in Council or planning rules could dictate what eventually occurred on the land.
Who made the decision to buy the land?
A group of about 20 members of the Matarangi community, through a company formed to be the purchaser. The Matarangi Community Trust was established separately to protect open spaces and reserves, and to take over ownership of the golf course land and protect it for all of the community into the future.
Will the open space stay as a golf course?
The Trust intends it to remain as a golf course, leased to a separate community entity formed to operate the golf course and community centre. In community hands we are planning for it to be a much improved amenity, with many activities and events, and a meeting and gathering place central to the Matarangi community.
Can the land be placed under covenants?
Covenants would be consistent with the TCDC’s Matarangi Structure Plan. It states the Plan’s intention to keep the golf course as Open Space and says: “Eventually a covenant or consent notice on the titles of the Matarangi Golf Course would keep the land as Open Space in perpetuity.”
A group of property owners adjoining holes 1 and 2 of the golf course are seeking a covenant over holes 1 and 2 (Lot36) to attach the provisions of the Open Space zoning to their properties in perpetuity. This is currently under discussion.