You TubeFacebookTwitterflickrGoogle plus
Tuesday, 26 March 2019 04:15 pm

Ngaio Kindergarten kids can now play legally

Nov 21st, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

WRONG ZONE: The play area which has been sitting on reserve land for more than 3 decades.

A KINDERGARTEN playground which has been illegaly using land for 34 years will be rezoned by the council.

Part of Ngaio Kindergarten has sat on reserve land in Cummings Park since 1974, which under the Reserves Act 1977 is not a valid use.

Childcare is not a recreational activity by the formal definition used in the Act, said councillor Ngaire Best.

“I’m fairly sure when my son was in the sandpit digging to China, he was recreating.”

The land was overlooked in 2005 when the council rezoned land leased to kindergartens from recreation reserve to local purpose.

Rezoning is necessary for the council to issue ground leases under their Early Childhood Centres policy, which sets out how the council can support not-for-profit care organisations such as Wellington Region Free Kindergarten Association.

It will also prevent issues such as land encroachment, which can involve having to pay annual fees to the council.

“We’re more than happy that they are doing the rezoning, it suits all parties concerned,” says WRFK property manager Rob Dunn.

Public consultation was carried out earlier this year, and submissions were presented to council last week.

A submission given by a Ngaio residents association asked to include a condition that the land be returned to recreation reserve once the kindergarten association no longer wish to lease it.

The council resolved not to include it, saying that such a decision would be made at the time instead.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

is a student journalist with a keen interest in people and life.
Email this author | All posts by

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Radio News