Town Centre Rejuvenation

Injecting more life and vibrancy

In 2018 Masterton District Council committed to investing $3.63 million to inject more life and vibrancy into our town centre.

Our plans are underpinned by the Town Centre Strategy – this sets the results we want to see from investment in the town centre.

The strategy also prioritises ten key projects for us to focus on when working to deliver the above results.

Check out the ten key projects or the Town Centre Strategy summary.

The full Town Centre Strategy is available here.

Check out our FAQ page to get more detail on the Town Centre rejuvenation project and why parklets were a great way to get started.

To start with, we experimented with some temporary “placemaking” initiatives called parklets. These were small seating areas or green spaces alongside a pavement, often in former parking spaces.

These were a great way for us to explore possibilities and what people in our community are keen to see more of. We had some positive feedback from the public and results of our engagement survey will be available shortly.

Check out our FAQ page to get more detail on the Town Centre rejuvenation project and why parklets were a great way to get started.

Spring 2018 – Parklets pop up around the place

Summer 2018/19 – We’ll explore pedestrianisation of parts of Queen Street, in collaboration with business and landowners

Summer 2018/19 – We’ll start scoping possibilities for changing how Park Street is used

Check out our FAQ page to get more detail on the Town Centre rejuvenation project and why parklets were a great way to get started.

The project is spearheaded by an internal project team and a reference group made up of local representatives who speak for different parts of the community.

Your reference group members are:

  • Jonathan Hooker: Council (Chair)
  • Graham McClymont: Council
  • Bex Johnson: Council
  • Tirau Te Tau: Ngati Kahungununu ki Wairarapa
  • Mike Kawana: Rangitane o Wairarapa
  • David Kernohan: Heritage Advisor
  • David Hedley: Retail representative
  • Sam Ludden: Arts community representative
  • Aaron Slight: Community respresentative
  • Sandy Ryan: Community representative
  • Brad Dobson: Boffa Miskell (Design)
  • Marc Bailey: Boffa Miskell (Design)
  • Helen Baggaley: Boffa Miskell (Design)
  • Andrea Jackson: Council (Senior Leadership)
  • Aaron Bacher: Council (Project Manager)

The representatives are there to reflect the views of the community so you can contact them at any time to make yourself heard.

We want to see:

Better integration of the Waipoua River into our town centre

Better connection between our key assets, such as the Railway Station

More of a centralised hub for retail and cafes, to avoid our centre spreading out

More natural landscapes and plantings throughout the town centre.