September 2017

How are we going?

Feedback from the first phase of public consultation on Taumarunui Town Revitalisation has been received, analysed and workshopped by the Taumarunui/Ohura Ward Committee (TOWC).

The feedback has resulted in staff concentrating on breaking down a very large body of work into manageable sections, concentrating at this time on the area, which will provide the most impact, both visually and from a public use perspective.

​The CBD area has now been broken into three phases:

  1. The west side of Hakiaha Street between the boundary of the old library and the boundary to the south of the Taumarunui Railway Station.* 
  2. The verandahs on the east side of Hakiaha Street and down Manuaute Street.
  3. Manuaute Street re-development.

*Revised Concept Design plans incorporating public feedback and TOWC workshop input in Documents Link folder below. Inc: 3D visuals.

The re-development proposals for the west side of Hakiaha Street include proposed demolition of the old toilets and construction of new toilets on the ex-library site, a number of new elements in the open area between the new toilets and the town clock and changes to the railway station including façade work. 

Once feedback has been received on the updated concept plans, the new elements can be costed and a project plan and costing produced for further consideration before inclusion into the 10 year plan and final public consultation.

New Taumarunui Public Toilet Concept Design Challenge

The new public toilet project forms a key part of the revitalisation vision for Taumarunui as a vibrant service township and gateway to the volcanic plateau.

The project fits within Council’s larger revitalisation strategy for Taumarunui that combines support for local business with infrastructure investment.

To help identify a design that reflects Taumarunui’s history, character and future we want to invite anyone one with a bright, exciting, iconic, concept idea for the possible look of the new Taumarunui toilets to enter the ‘Taumarunui Public Toilet Concept Design Challenge’.

The competition will open on the 10 September, for a six-week period to the 20 October 2017.  

An evaluation team comprising representatives from art, building, landscape, Council, architecture and engineering disciplines, will undertake the evaluation and decide on the stand out winner or winners.

If there are more than one standout design, further public feedback will be sought.  However if there is only one standout design, Taumarunui/Ohura Ward Committee and Council approval to proceed to developed design and costing will then be sought.  

Depending on cost, it may be possible to proceed with this stand-alone project in the current year utilising part of the $500,000 already allocated to town revitalisation projects, the existing refurbishment budget in the current LTP.  There is also the potential for part funding from a private individual wishing to support a new public toilet project in Taumarunui.

Entering is simple. 
All you need to do is draw a concept of what you think the outside of the new toilets should look like on a piece of A4 paper with your name and contact number and drop or send it in to Council.

Who can enter?
The Challenge is open to everyone and anybody with a concept idea in mind.  We would like to receive concept design ideas from as many people as possible from kids and schools to individuals, group entries and even professional architects and designers.​

​For full Ts and Cs please see the Toilet Concept Design Challeneg document in the Document Links pnael below.​

Other design elements

With regard to the remainder of the proposed new elements, if the updated concept design is approved by the Taumarunui/Ohura Ward Committee and Council, the concepts will proceed to developed design, costing and project planning for inclusion in the 10 year plan.

An engineering assessment of the verandahs in Hakiaha Street and Manuaute Street will be undertaken over the next two to three months and a further report brought to Members with recommendations.

An engineering assessment of the potential cost of re-development of Manuaute Street for the purpose of including costs in the 10 year plan will be undertaken over the next two to three months.   This assessment will be based on the original concept plan of changing the road contour  with potential in the future for the road to continue to be one way but incorporating shared pedestrian use and the options of using the street for market days and events.   A further report will be brought to Members with recommendations.​


​Key contacts
​Taumarunui-Ohura Ward Committee​Karen Ngatai​021 022 2122
​Enterprising Taumarunui Inc.​Aroha Rudkin​027 873 0061
​Ruapehu District Council​Rebecca Van Orden​07 895 8188
​Ruapehu District CouncilMargaret Hawthorne​07 895 8188

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