Te Inuwai Park upgrade

​Te Inuwai Park

Te Inuwai Park in Dixon Heights is the first park to support the new neighbourhood in Peacocke.

A basic park was established as part of the housing development in the area, however the Council had budget in its 2018-28 10-Year Plan to create a better space for the neighbourhood to enjoy. Construction is complete and the new park and playground opened in August 2020. 

A food bowl for the area

Following discussions with mana whenua and the local community in late-2019, the park will celebrate the area's previous life as a food bowl for Maaori and English settlers.

Tangata whenua grew crops such as kumara, taro and hue and later, after English settlers arrived, wheat and corn were grown and milled at the local Tiireke Mill.

In more recent years, the land had been used as market gardens and orchards by English settlers to grow potatoes, pears and apples.

The playground picks up on these themes and will include traditional plant and fruit tree varieties, as well as planter boxes for a future community garden.​

The final design

The park includes a basketball half-court, flat grassed areas and a playground with swings, slides and balance equipment. There's also picnic areas, cycle and scooter racks and a drinking fountain.

 Check out the concept designs to see what will be in the park


The name

'Te Inuwai' is the name of a Ngaati Mahanga ancestor who resided in the area. Te Haa o te whenua o Kirikiriroa (THaWK), an iwi group representing local mana whenua, recommended the name to Council's Community Committee, before being formally named by the Council. It was also supported by developers. 

THAWK have provided the following korero:

Te Inuwai was the daughter of Te Tipi, who is the builder and founder of Nukuhau Paa. She is also the direct ancestor of Pouwhero, who was the last chief and resident of Nukuhau Paa.

Te Inuwai lived in the area for a period of time raising children, planting and harvesting huawhenua (vegetables) and hunting various aquatic and avian life that was plentiful at the time.

There is also space for a pou to be installed in the park at a later date.

Project timeline:

​Feedback from local community and mana whenua​Complete 2019 
​Develop concept design / park layout​Complete January/February 2020
​Construction​In progress March – July 2020
​Opening​August 2020​

Page reviewed: 15 Jul 2021 8:55am