The Waikanae Community Board requested public input on their proposed Strategic Plan. We submitted that there had been renewed appreciation for the arts during Covid-19 lockdown and that this could be further activated with a range of artistic community initiatives and projects in our coastal townships, including Waikanae.
We noted that as Waikanae is home to our district art gallery, its redevelopment plans could be supported as part of the Strategy’s focus on strengthening community infrastructure. We also suggested that in addition to Waikanae being ‘a great place to live, work and play for people of all ages’ it could also be a great place to learn and create as well, particularly in terms of lifelong learning through the arts.
Finally, we suggested that the opportunity to build on the work of the Town Centres rejuvenation project could be realised through a public programme of arts and learning opportunities, leveraging previous investment. For example, weekly lunchtime musical performances, chalk art for young people, dance groups, poetry readings, outdoor learn to draw art classes in Mahara Place. This would compliment the exhibition and events programme at Mahara Gallery.