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Holiday park a hidden gem that will benefit region

Opinion Piece

Waikanae Beach Top 10 Holiday Park is steadily being built into a district asset by Gisborne Holdings Ltd (GHL) and one that will continue to have a beneficial impact for the district.

Gisborne District Council was given an insight into the future plans for the camp at GHL’s annual meeting by GHL chief executive Matt Feisst.

The most obvious sign of that to passersby is an attractive new swimming pool. A cover will be put on this early in the new year.

The next stage will be the building of seven apartment style two bedroom units. It was something that was often asked for. Mr Feisst said GHL had looked around and it was something that was lacking in Gisborne’s marketplace at the moment. It would be another string for their bow.

The third stage would include a new entrance that would allow the holiday park area to be opened up more.

While it is an $8 million project, it is intended to be a stepping stone, one that will pay for itself along the way, meaning GHL will not be borrowing millions to fund it.

Mr Feisst said the Holiday Park is the region’s largest tourism accommodation asset with 220 beds and 36 rooms.

The development is not needed to attract visitors, Mr Feisst says they are already here. It is a year round facility, not just a summer one used by East Coast people coming down for hospital treatment.

In any case, it is good to see development going on at the city’s closest beach.

The area enjoyed another transformation earlier this year with the opening of the new Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club building and foot traffic is steadily growing along the Oneroa cycle/walkway to another attractive beach, Midway.

GHL came into existence with the task of managing the Tauwhareparae Farm endowment and is also well known as the council’s landlord for the new administration building. It has been tasked with increasing the council’s non rates earnings. However, at Waikanae it has a hidden gem.