Oratia and Glen Eden Budgets cut while Piha Plans New Artwork for Changing block and Outdoor Lounge Complex

Piha plans a new artwork for their Changing and Outdoor Lounge Complex The stunning design currently includes  lounge chairs, floating boardwalk and green walls (budget unknown) .  The new artwork is announced a month after all budgets to Oratia and Glen Eden Village developments are Cut.

Piha New Changing and Lounge Complex awaiting a new  Artwork

Piha New Changing and Lounge Complex awaiting a new Artwork


Denise Yates gives the following update:  ” Also completed is the new toilet and ablutions block at Piha, for which the artwork was planned from the outset. “Arts on Sunday” on National Radio reported on this about a year ago and this highlighted how Waitakere Ranges Local Board has continued the Waitakere
way of including art in community facilities from the outset of planning, a situation we willfight to retain even though there is such a strong push from Auckland Council to keep rates at the lowest possible level. ”  (Minutes Nov 13)

The plans for the Piha Changing and Outdoor Lounge Complex are here and here  – they do not show an artwork .  There was no mention of an artwork in the Council Annual Plan.  There are no project costings shown. It wasn’t in the long term plan yet the cost of this project is significantly more than the Glen Eden Village Upgrade which was named.