Timeline

2021

22nd JAN 2021

BTW put forward a proposal for the Stratford A&P Development Master Planning Proposal

23rd FEB 2021

Smokey Lemon presented options re potential marketing.

27th FEB 2021

Visit to Takapoto, St Peters College, Mystery Creek, Waikato Equestrian Park, McKennas covered arena, to view their facilities.

2nd MAR 2021

Landpro gave presentation.

FEB/MAR 2021

House on Lilley south land renovated and rented out.

APRIL 2021

agreement reached with Gilberts re purchase of Gilbert South land. Settlement date 30th November 2021.

13TH APRIL 2021

At the monthly meeting Malcolm Sutherland resigning from Steering Committee, but not from project, happy to continue providing governance advice.

APRIL 2021

Negotiations started to buy Potroz land.

22nd APRIL 2021

Oslers meeting

2nd MAY 2021

Open day for Steering Committee, A&P, Speedway, Motorsport, Equestrian to walk over Gilbert land.

6th MAY 2021

Meeting with Zanta & Julian of Sport Taranaki

10th MAY 2021

Stratford A&P AGM. Presidents report stated 2020/21 one of the biggest in the history of the A&P – with covid, royal events, heavy rain at the show – and borrowing 7.18m to buy the land.

1st OCT 2021

Stratford Stockcar Club – new licence issued by Stratford A&P.

2020

JAN 2020

A 200 page Stratford Development Feasibility Stage One Needs Assessment and Strategic Review report with master plans was received and distributed.

JAN 2020

Boon Team Architects produced Stage 1 Masterplan of Stratford Park.

FEB 2020

SGL presented Summary sections of Stage 1 of the Feasibility study.

2 MAR 2020

The Stratford Park Steering Group was formalised by the A&P Executive, under leadership of Neil McDonald. Steering Committee members:- Neil McDonald, Ian McCaul, (A&P) Philip Macey (Motorsport, Chris Uhlenberg, Kim Sharpe, Dana Haszard, Sharon Stevens, Malcolm Sutherland. Survey Monkey survey put out asking equestrians in Taranaki where they reside.

10th MAR 2020

The BA Lilley Family Trust provided a draft Sale and Purchase Agreement for the two parcels of land

1st JUN 2020

A&P Executive meeting resolution passed to sign the conditional Sale & Purchase Agreement for the purchase of the Lilley Land adjacent to the A&P showgrounds (north block) and across Flint Road (south block). The price set is $3,300,000 for the north block and $3,880,000 for the south block - $7,180,000 in total.

22nd JUN 2020

Stratford A&P AGM

13th JULY 2020

Stratford Racing Club removed itself from Steering Group. They also resigned from NZ Thoroughbred Racing.

SEPT 2020

SGL released Stage 2 – Business Feasibility Report.

8th SEPT 2020

SDC CEO produced recommendations to Council re funding for A&P Assoc Led project – Land acquisition.

30th SEPT 2020 & 1st OCT 2020

Steve Bramley (SGL) held interviews with key stakeholders.

11th OCT 2020

Visit to Manfield.

22nd OCT 2020

Stratford District Council – held a public community meeting at the Stratford War Memorial Centre where the Stratford A&P presented their vision for the project. Community were able to ask questions.

5th NOV 2020

Stratford District Council “Have Your Say” pamphlet sent out to the community October 2020 – feedback to the proposal was required by 5th November.

7th NOV 2020

Article in Taranaki Daily News – Ä $7.18m plan for Stratford’s future” by Jane Matthews.

9th NOV 2020

Taneal Goddard attended first meeting as Secretary.

NOV 2020

Visit to Tipapa, Auckland.

NOV 2020

Visit to Ngati Tawa, Bambry water treadmill, vet services etc.

17TH NOV 2020

Stratford District Council – Policy & Services Committee – public submissions were heard.

24TH NOV 2020

Extraordinary Meeting of Stratford District Council. A deputation from Stratford A&P attended, N McDonald gave a presentation. Council voted approval to grant the Stratford A&P a loan of $7.18 million to buy the Lilley land, borrowing the funds from the LGFA (10 for, 1 against – Cr Jones). Two conditions attached to loan – No debt repayments for 5 years, but option to if wish, and $25k be paid annually should the SDC require a credit rating to access further lending.

1st DEC 2020

Extraordinary Meeting of Stratford District Council. A deputation from Stratford A&P attended, N McDonald gave a presentation. Council voted approval to grant the Stratford A&P a loan of $7.18 million to buy the Lilley land, borrowing the funds from the LGFA (10 for, 1 against – Cr Jones). Two conditions attached to loan – No debt repayments for 5 years, but option to if wish, and $25k be paid annually should the SDC require a credit rating to access further lending.

2019

JAN 2019

Survey (via survey monkey) answered by 216 Taranaki equestrians – where did they reside, would they travel 30 minutes to an indoor arena (201 yes, 16 no)

JULY 2019

The Taranaki Electricity Trust awarded a grant of $90,000 to the Stratford A&P to undertake a feasibility study, to be done in two stages, on the Stratford Park concept.

22nd JULY 2019

Strategic Equine Steering Group held a meeting outlining the concept and proposal for an Equine Park (23 people present)

24th JULY 2019

Strategic Motorsport Group held a meeting outlining the concept and proposal for a Transport and Motor Vehicle Centre (20 people present).

12th AUG 2019

1st meeting of “Feasibility Study Steering Committee”- Neil McDonald, Ian McCaul, Philip Macey, Chris Uhlenberg, Kim Sharpe, Dana Haszard, Sharon Stevens, Malcolm Sutherland.

30th OCT 2019

Boon presented an A&P Masterplan.

19th NOV to 6th DEC 2019

Survey on SGL website – heavily promoted on Taranaki equestrian pages.
a. Results:- 263 responses, 695 horses in total.
b. 292 horses (42%) located within 20 minute driving time to Stratford
c. 86 horses (12%) located 21 min to 25 min driving time to Stratford
d. 87 horses (13%) located 26 min 30 min driving time to Stratford
e. 230 horses (33%) located over a 30 minute driving time to Stratford.
f. In total 467 horses (67%) are within a 30 min driving time to Stratford.
g. Graph given of where horses are located in Taranaki, showing biggest majority are Stratford and north.
h. An earlier TEN survey in 2011 showed 842 horses, 657 New Plymouth, 135 Stratford, 50 South Taranaki.

DEC 2019

SGL presented Stage 1 – Needs Assessment & Strategic Review.

2018

2018

Many ideas for development were presented and discussed.

2018

Malcolm Sutherland from Blanchard Leadership and Sutherland Goverance was engaged. He took the A&P through several formal workshops and developed a comprehensive strategic focus for the association.

2017

MAY 2017

A Strategic Planning Sub-Committee formed. Neil McDonald Chairman, Ian McCaul Deputy Chairman. Committee directed to produce a strategic plan for the A&Ps future. This committee asked all the show sections to complete an assessment of their sections, summary of their present situation, along with future goals, appropriate timeframes.

2016

DEC 2016

In December 2016 the Stratford A&P began the process of creating a stategic plan to take the 110 year old Association into the future. They quickly identified that their current facilities, most of which were built in the 1920s and 1930s were no longer fit for purpose and needed replacing. It all started with a request from Michelle Taylor for the building of another set of covered yards for the equestrian fraternity. This prompted an in-depth discussion at Executive level where it became evident that a priority list and an asset replacement plan were needed.