Kerikeri Domain Revitalisation Project

Project details

  • Project typeRecreational infrastructure
  • Project value$3 million
  • Project statusDesign stage
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The Council received $3 million from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) to deliver priority infrastructure works identified in the Kerikeri Domain Reserve Management Plan.  The Council adopted the Reserve Management Plan (RMP) in June 2019 after a three-month community consultation in 2018/19. 

The RMP provides direction for the management and development of the Domain and outlines priorities for the short-term (1-3 years), medium term (3-5 years) and long-term (5-10 years).  The focus for this stage of the project is to deliver as many of the 1 to 5-year priorities as possible. In the agreement with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) which administers the PGF, the following projects have been given the go ahead:

  • Creating a concept design plan
  • Creating new play and recreation areas
  • Replacing skateboard and basketball facilities
  • Upgrading lighting, landscaping and additional seating 
  • Conducting a feasibility study of a future potential building.

Space will also be set aside for the war memorial donated by the now disbanded Kerikeri RSA. 

A Kerikeri Domain Working Group formed in mid-2020 and a project team reconfirmed project priorities with representatives of about 30 domain user groups at a community workshop in October 2020. Since then, the working group and project team have progressed the priorities in anticipation of works commencing onsite during Q1 of 2021. 

This work has included:

  • Confirmation of the contract and announcement of the projects to be prioritised
  • A two-day papamahi in December with Kerikeri Tai Tamariki (years 5-10) conducted by Kaikohe-based design studio ĀKAU;
    contributing to the development of a detailed overall concept plan
  • Direct discussions with local contractors that registered via the Far North District Council’s online portal to understand capabilities to design and deliver the various elements
  • The unveiling of the concept plan at a community meeting and BBQ at the Domain in February 2020.

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Project milestones

March 2021
  • Basketball court design begins
  • Skate park design begins
  • Planning of lighting, landscaping, walking path, shade structures, and RSA Memorial Wall starts
April 2021
  • Play space planning & engagement starts
  • Basketball court design complete
  • Skate park design complete
  • Feasibility study for a multi-purpose, community building to replace the pavilion starts
May 2021
  • Resource consent submitted
  • Play space design starts
June 2021
  • Basketball court and skate park demolition starts.


How were the priority projects selected?

These projects were identified by the Kerikeri Domain Working Group in consultation with community groups and key stakeholders representing Domain user groups.  The working group was formed by the Council in mid-2020 to oversee delivery of the projects within Government-specified timeframes. Its members include Councillors Rachel Smith and David Clendon, Community Board members Dave Hookway-Kopa, Frank Owen and Lane Ayr, and senior Council staff.

What about the Pavilion?

There is provision within the Reserve Management Plan for a multi-purpose, community building to replace the Pavilion which was damaged by fire in 2016 and removed in December 2019. A feasibility study for a new building will be undertaken to work through funding options over time.

What community consultation has occurred?

The Council consulted on the Reserve Management Plan from December 2018 through to March 2019. It received 151 submissions from the community including sports clubs, ratepayer associations, the Ministry of Education, and Northland District Health Board.  The plan was adopted by the Council in June 2019.  The Reserve Management Plan set the objectives for the Domain and it provides direction on the day-to-day and long-term management.  The working group and project team have reflected the Reserve Management Plan objectives in concept plans for the project.

How were the concept plans developed?

A two-day papamahi (workshop) conducted by Kaikohe-based design studio ĀKAU was held in December 2020 with Kerikeri taitamariki (years 5-10).  Over two days, students were encouraged through art, design and storytelling to explore concepts that would uplift the face, mana and mauri of Kerikeri Domain. The Domain is very important to them and they were highly-engaged in how they could contribute to the development of an overall concept plan.  Following this, ĀKAU integrated the feedback and material from all engagement phases and produced the layout and concept plan for Kerikeri Domain.

What themes emerged during consultation on the concept plan?

The following themes and design responses reflect what was received during the tamariki papamahi, the stakeholder meeting, and align with the objectives long-term objectives for Kerikeri Domain:

History and heritage

  • Formalise the Domain’s main entrance and include interpretive signage/artwork/installation
  • Explore formal references to Kerikeri heritage, through design of objects and structures around the Domain

Community and diversity

  • Interlink functions within the Domain to encourage connections between different users
  • Work with different user groups to design unique features within the various proposed space

Landscape and biodiversity

  • Focus future planting on native species, especially species significant to the Kerikeri area.
  • Integrate planting into the design of all new spaces, particularly the playground
  • Design objects and structures that reference local landscape features, such as volcanic rocks, waterfalls and rivers

Fun and safety for the whole whanau

  • Improve and add to existing active amenities, such as the playground, water feature, basketball court and skate park
  • Ensure that passive amenities (seating, lighting, shade, shelter, bins, drinking fountains) are provided throughout the Domain
  • Maintain sightlines and increase sense of safety at night
How will the cultural history of the Domain be shown?

It is envisaged there will be a sequence of elements representing heritage and tupuna, leading to Te Whiringa o Manoko – the Chris Booth rock sculpture.

Where will the RSA memorial be located?

We are working with a local representative on the placement and the general agreement between parties is site 11 (between the Procter Library and Te Whiringa o Manoko) on the concept plan.

Will there be an area to exercise dogs?

There will not be an exercise area for dogs within the Domain.  However, under the Council’s Dog Management Policy and Bylaw, dog-owners may walk their dogs in the Domain as long as they keep them on a lead and they clean up after them.

Will the Domain remain open during the works?

Yes, the Domain will remain open while works are underway, however certain sections will be closed to safely secure active construction areas. These will only remain closed during construction.  Works on the new playground will be staged so that existing playground can remain open while the new playground is being built.

Will there be vehicle access to the Kerikeri Domain?

Yes, vehicle access will be available for event days via a new Cobham Road entry close to the skatepark perimeter.  Access for emergency services will also be maintained.

What other improvements will there be?

Other improvements include drinking fountains, seating and shelters so Domain users can shelter form the rain

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