Plans to create a large-scale playground on the Wairoa riverbank are one step closer following a Lottery Community Facilities Fund Committee decision to contribute $100,000 to the Wairoa Young Achievers Trust project.

Trust Chairman, James Baty says this is great news for the project and for Wairoa.

“There has been quite a bit of work done behind the scenes by dedicated Wairoa locals to develop funding applications for the project and this confirmation from the Lottery Grants Board will go a long way to getting good quality playground facilities in place for Wairoa.”

The funding boost is in addition to another $100,000 that the Wairoa District Council has set aside $100,000 in the long-term plan.

Trust volunteers have carried out significant work over several years to develop plans for the playground, including a survey across all the schools in the district to gather input from children about what they would like to see in their ideal playground.

“This is a community project in every sense. It’s about providing a safe facility for our young people to meet, be active and enjoy themselves. The Lottery Grants Board had no trouble seeing the value of this vision, and their support gives us a renewed sense of purpose in the Destination Playground project for Wairoa,” Mr Baty said.

The next step in the project is to continue with plan development, working with relevant organisations to turn concepts into reality.

For more information:

James Baty
WYAT Chairman
06 838 7309/0273929029


The Wairoa Young Achievers Trust was formed in September 2004, with an aim to support the youth of Wairoa in a significant and meaningful way. Since then, the Trust has gone on to establish links with local, regional and central government organisations and other service providers for the benefit of our young people. WYAT acts as a funding body for young individuals and groups to allow them to compete or contribute in sporting, academic or cultural activities, and for community projects. It also administers programmes within the community that strengthen the capacity of our youth to contribute positively to society, for example CACTUS, and the youth services training programme. The Trust is administered by volunteer Trustees from within the community, offering a wealth of experience and knowledge.