Update June 2020:
We have fabulous news. We are one step closer to getting a covered riding arena built for West Auckland Riding for the Disabled. We have been granted resource consent for the facility by Auckland Council. The RC process has taken 12 months.
It was wonderful to have had the assistance of a number of very skilled and community minded professionals throughout the process. And…. if there are any more of you out there who can lend us a hand with the fundraising and building process going forward, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.
Update January 2020:
With the new lease coming into effect on 1 February 2020, West Auckland RDA and Henderson Valley Pony Club today signed a Memorandum of Understanding for sharing spaces and facilities at Henderson Valley Park.
The new lease will enable RDA to apply for funding for a covered riding facility. This Transitional MoU sets out shared usage of the grounds and facilities for the transitional period from 1st February until the covered riding facility is completed.
There are no major changes to the two groups’ current operations.
Update May 2019:
We have some fantastic news! On 8 May 2019 we received our signed copy of the Agreement to Lease for Development from Auckland Council. Having this lease enables us to really progress our plans for the Covered Riding Facility at the Henderson Valley Park.
Update December 2018:
This year we have made a huge step toward gaining a lease on some of the land at Henderson Valley Park to enable us to build a long awaited for Covered Riding Facility. We have been working closely with Auckland Council, the Henderson Massey Local Board and Henderson Valley Pony Club to achieve this and it seems now to be in our reach as the final lease papers are being drawn up by the legal beagles at Auckland Council.
We have well-developed concept plans for the building and are busy getting ready for the Resource Consent process whilst also talking to appropriate funding organisations.
If you think you can support this important project for the West Auckland community please get in touch.
Update April 2017:
Henderson Riding for the Disabled are in need of some new facilities. Having only the outdoor grounds of Henderson Valley Pony Club, we are at the mercy of the weather, which means frequent cancellation of sessions.
Cancellation of a riding session disrupts any continuity of the physical therapeutic benefit, plus it makes it more difficult for those riders with learning difficulties to remember lessons. Skilled volunteers who have made themselves available are sent home and our valuable RDA trained horses are left standing in the rain. We usually have to cancel all of term 3 because of wet grounds and cold wet weather, and many other days besides. An indoor arena facility would mean we can ride whatever the weather.
Our indoor arena would be specially designed for disability accessibility. We could then expand our services to provide for more people with special needs. We already have a large waiting list, and there is a high demand for this service in West Auckland.
Good for everyone
The grounds on Henderson Valley Road are home to both the Henderson Valley Pony Club and Henderson Riding for the Disabled. These two organisations have been working together for over 40 years to provide quality equestrian instruction to Waitakere riders – both able-bodied and disabled.
Pony Club provides training and facilities for young people to learn to ride and care for horses. As is often the case in Waitakere, weather and ground conditions vary throughout the year and the ground is often saturated with water for weeks on end, forcing the pony club to close the grounds for riding.
An indoor arena would provide a facility that can be used in all weather and be beneficial to RDA, Pony club and other community groups as well.
2001 Fundraising begins ($100,000 raised to date)
2003 Committee is formed for Joint venture between HRDA and HVPC. Establishment of a Trust put into motion.
2006 HVPC withdraws from the project.
2007 – 2008 HRDA gets agreement from HVPC to go ahead with project independently. Plans drawn, neighbours consulted.
2009 Two problems arise:–
1) Two neighbours have objections to a change in their view,
2) HVPC reject any change in lease arrangement.
2011/12 Feasibility study undertaken.
To view the report, click here: HRDA Feasibility Study FINAL REPORT
The key findings were:
HRDA provides a valued community service for which a clear need has been established. HRDA is constrained by the current arrangement of operating on land leased to Henderson Valley Pony Club. Any significant developments will require resolution of this via a formal and more equitable long term lease arrangement.
2012 HRDA requests a change to the lease at Henderson Valley Park, to be split into two leases so that the two groups can operate side by side and share land and facilities. HVPC again rejects any change in lease arrangement.
2013 – 2015 Henderson Massey Local Board suggest HRDA shift to Massey Pony Club site, a committee was formed to develop a plan for a Sub-regional Equestrian Centre at Te Rangi Hiroa Reserve. Feasibility Study completed. MPC withdraws from project.
2016 New discussions are held between HRDA and HVPC regarding splitting the lease.
March 2017 Henderson Massey Local Board priorities in Auckland Council Draft Annual Budget include supporting HRDA in finding a home.
March 2018 Henderson Massey Local Board pass a resolution to grant West Auckland RDA an agreement to Lease.
May 2019 West Auckland RDA and Auckland Council sign Agreement to Lease for the South-west side of the Henderson Valley Equestrian Park, to come into effect upon the relinquishment or termination of the current lease to Henderson Valley Pony Club.
October 2019 Land Owner Approval granted by Auckland Council.
Watch this space!