Community and the Trust’s Achievements to Date


  • Feb 2013: With the funding of Lotteries, the first half of stage 2 of the skate facility was constructed.
  • April 2013: The Gazebo in the skate facility has been constructed with the assistance of the local building supplier Placemakers and Q Construction an Auckland Based Company with links to the Mangawhai Area.
  • June 2013: A children’s playground was purchased from Sylvia Park Mall for a sum of $3500, it was disassembled by volunteers and trucked north to Mangawhai Activity Zone where the first portion of it has been assembled in the children’s playground. The playground is 4 yrs old and Sylvia Park purchased it new for $130,000.
  • Sept 2013: Tables and Stools are installed in the Skate Facility, these were picked up for free from Sylvia Park . They just wanted them removed. Seat tops were re-stained and installed in the park.
  • Oct 2013: The first of our Nikau Palms are planted in the planter’s box.


  • A further 3 items of play equipment for the children’s playground were purchased and installed to the value $15000.
  • The trust constructed and auctioned a speculative house with the assistance of a local building company and many local trades people and merchants. This raised a net profit of just over $60,000.
  • Work has continued on the development of the large playing field. It was shaped, prepared and planted in grass.
  • In conjunction with the Mangawhai Tracks Trust and with the assistance of the Corrections Department we have constructed and marked over 6 kms of walking and mountain bike tracks throughout the park these are due to be opened on the 10th of November, 2012
  • Lottories Commission grant successful for $90,000 plus GST was provided for stage 2 of the skate facility.


  • Some 4000 native trees have been planted in the park.
  • A 2010 application to the Endowment Fund was successful in the granting of $ 9000 which enabled the trust to level and prepare the field area for turf.
  • Funds provided by the Sir John Logan Campbell Trust and the Local Rotary enabled the construction and installation of the first piece of play equipment, a six seat swing set, into the children’s playground.
  • A successful application to Pub Charity for a sum of $69,000 enabled the construction of the skate facility to begin. The funds from Pub Charity were tagged for the materials to construct approx 45-50% of this facility of stage one of the facility.
  • Kaipara District Council provided $200,000 on a dollar raised-dollar provided equation. The trust raised the equal amount of 200 K to match the council fundng.
  • Construction of the first bowl began in December 2010. This first bowl was completed on the 16th of March 2011.
  • Construction on the Second and largest bowl and the platforms around both bowls was completed at the end of May 2011.
  • An application to ASB Trust was been successful in providing $50.000. These funds are tagged by ASB Trust as to be used in the labour component in the skate facility Construction. These funds were drawn down and the audit trail completed with ASB.


As a result of ongoing strategic planning by the committee expressions of interest were sought from a number of open spaces designers and specialist skate park design/build teams.

  • Soul Environments, of Auckland were confirmed to provide concepts designs for the park.
  • Premium Skatepark Designs were confirmed to provide designs for the skate facility
  • Both the design of the Park and of the skate facility were submitted to and approved by Kaipara District Council.
  • Local fundraising has been ongoing and has included painting / raffles/firewood and the like resulting in the  Trust raising a further $ 15,500
  • The Mangawahi Endowment Fund provided $27,500 to the Trust.
  • As a result of considerable community involvement the trust has managed to complete the clearing of the development site and 70 % of the land contouring.
  • Also as a result of community involvement the multi-purpose court facility has been constructed.  This is a 600 m2 level concrete surface.  It was our goal to create this surface to be used as temporary skate area, aimed at getting our children off the streets, out of the shops and school.  This goal was realised in March.


  • Mangawhai Activity Zone Charitable Trust established
  • Certificate of Incorporation issued
  • As a result of consultation with the community, an area within Mangawhai Park was identified as being suitable for the development.
  • Submission made to Kaipara District Council to have the parcel of land made available.  KDC approved the submission.


  • Signatures collected outlining the community identifying a need for a skate facility.   Submission made to council in relation to this.
  • Council provides $20,000 from the Reserve Contribution Fund to assist in developing concepts and plans.