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News and Updates

Come back to this page for the latest news from the Fundraising Team and Waihinga Charitable Trust.


Work begins on the playground

July, 2019

Construction has started on the park and playground. Local firm Infinite Landscapes will be undertaking the work. We are still fundraising so we can finish of parts of the park not included in this contract. We will endeavour to keep the childrens park open and usable for as long as we can by staging the work.

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Martinborough Lions generously donate $50,000 to the Park and Playground.

April 30, 2018

The Martinborough Lions have always been very active supporters of our community . Now they’re making their biggest ever public grant.   Over the next 3 years they will be donating a total of $50,000 towards the development of the adventure playground next to the new Waihinga Centre. 

Club President Lee Quayle said members saw the redeveloped playground as an exciting addition to village life.  “It will be fantastic not only for the local kids but also for visiting families.  It will tie in really well with the Library, Plunket and the Toy Library, which will be right next door.”

This  generous gift is defined as a ‘Legacy Project’, in this instance commemorating  the Lions International Centennial.  Legacy projects are initiated to create a substantial, lasting gift  and also raise the visibility of Lions and their work.   “The new playground is a perfect fit for our criteria.”  


Stage 02 Fundraising begins

May 10, 2017

With Stage 01 pricing approved and construction underway, the fundraising team are now directing their efforts to raising the estimated one million dollars needed to complete Stage 02 of the project.

Stage 02 involves the destination playground and associated landscaping that will make the Waihinga Centre precinct the heart of Martinborough. The team of volunteers is chaired by Victoria Read and includes members of the Waihinga Charitable Trust and other community members.

Victoria Read explains that the team are confident of meeting their one million dollar goal. “We will be applying to a number of grant funding agencies as well as developing fundraising events and involving the community in a number of fundraising initiatives.”

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Pricing for Stage 01 Approved

January 18, 2017

SWDC met on the 18th January to consider the final pricing for the project. Stage 01 of the project was approved which includes all the building works plus essential landscaping. A price of $5.332million was approved for the project (this includes a $200,000 contingency).

The next step is to sign a fixed price contract with Riggs Zschokke and start construction. Construction is estimated to take 1 year and will be overseen by Dave Borman and the Waihinga Centre Construction group (which is a sub committee of the Steering Group).

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our amazing donors and volunteers - this project wouldn't have happened without you!

Vicky, Lisa, Cath, Max, Ro and Dave
on behalf of the Waihinga Centre Steering Group