Reproduced from the KC News website.  The reference to the need for a “wind baffle” has us and Nigel Wilson, well, baffled.  The square is fairly enclosed by buildings — is there a problem with winds?  If so, from which direction and how often?  What would a wind baffle look like?

BacktoSchoolFunDayNorma McCallum of Destination Waikanae says in these days of Grand Designs, Thinking Big and our growing immunity to costs ending in several noughts (e.g. $5,000,000), might we have a cup of tea and think small and beautiful for our unique town square?

She says Waikanae, long destined for an upgrade of Mahara Place, with redesign concepts stretching back 30 years, is starting to focus on smaller events.

Ms McCallum says with Destination Waikanae working with KCDC, things can be done quickly and colourfully to make the town centre an attraction.

The latest event was last Saturday, organised by KCDC on their new green space and including a dunk tank, facepainting and games, and, Bullseye, a talented group of young musicians.

The town centre transformed all by itself, just with something to draw people in.

Ms McCallum’s message to KCDC is to draw people into the square without huge infrastructure costs — simple soft landscaping, comfortable seating, shelter for resting shoppers and perhaps a wind baffle or two at the entrances could be all we need to make Waikanae Town Centre hum.