October 2023 Ohai playground redevelopment

Voting closed Friday 6 October.

We have tallied all the votes, online and submitted on paper, and the winners are...

Small Playdale

Large Ponga

Thank you to those who took the time to place a vote for your favourite modules, we had a really good response! Look out for your favourite, coming soon in 2024!


Albert Einstein once said “Play is the highest form a research”. Playgrounds are safe spaces where kids develop crucial skills necessary to gain self-confidence, improve coordination and advance critical thinking capabilities. Plus, they are FUN!!!

Equipment upgrade needed

The Wallace Takitimu Community Board alongside the Southland District Council are planning to replace two existing pieces of the playground equipment at the Ohai Playground. The equipment has reached the end of its serviceable life and needs to be removed.

Safety audits

Audits are undertaken every two years on SDC playgrounds by playground safety specialists. These audits check that the playgrounds are complying with the NZ Playground Safety and Surfacing Standards.

The equipment due for replacement is the large brown, wooden structure and the small structure with the yellow slides, pictured below.



We want your input!

We would love your feedback on which structures you would like included in the playground.

You're voting to select two new modules for the playground, one large and one small, from the choices shown.

You can vote here, using the star rating system, or you can head to the local SDC Otautau office, Monday - Friday 9am - 12.30pm & 1.30 - 5pm. Also the Nightcaps 4 Square and the Ohai Medical Centre. Your votes will be used to help the community board make decisions on these key elements within the playground.

Voting closes 06 October 2023

Star rating system

Rate your favourite modules, 1 large and 1 small, with a 5 star rating.

Small - Play dale

  • 18 Votes

Small - Spring

  • No Votes

Small - Toroa

  • 2 Votes

Large - Argus

  • 13 Votes

Large - Ponga

  • 14 Votes

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Hi, Can the old metal be sold as scrap.

Hi, Can the old metal be sold as scrap. read more

Gretchen Boyd Wednesday 18 Oct 2023