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The Avon Loop Project

Sarah Higginson - within school kāhui teacher, Ao Tawhiti —

The Avon Ōtākaro Network has secured a shared lease with The Avon Loop Planning Association (ALPA).

Layered on top of that is the long term plan of The Peace Park which is planned to span across all of the Avon Loop.

Hayley from the Avon Ōtākaro Network has secured funding for a facilitator to work across two projects, our kāhui and Bromley School. The facilitator would have a broad role that could help us with:

● Coordinating with the many agencies involved in the Avon Loop

● Coordinating with authorities as needed.

● Finding resourcing for our projects.

● Facilitating students' ideas.

● Creating opportunities for students .

● Ensuring students have a voice and a role in the Peace Park

● Connecting with Mana Whenua, Residents' Associations and others.

The Avon Loop site is steeped in history. It was a significant site with Tautahi Pā established by Ngāi Tahu in the eighteenth century. It was a significant site for mahinga kai and a resting place for visitors from Banks Peninsula. It also became a landing place on the Avon River for Europeans and more recently it held Elsie Locke’s cottage and Rod Donald’s home.

The Avon Loop is a very significant site and a real gem for this kāhui going forward.