Kumara Residents Trust (KRT)

Kumara is a vibrant village, with a proactive and friendly community that want to work together to ensure success.

The Kumara Residents Trust (KRT) aims to assist the progress and development of Kumara by encouraging and actively working to gain a connected and cohesive community that people want to live and prosper in.

The Trust has strategic relationships with Westland District Council and other Government agencies to develop Kumara. The Trust manages beautification projects in the town and supports the elderly and other community groups. Kumara's pride in place has significantly improved since the introduction of the Trust.

Chinese Memorial Reserve *UPDATE*

3d Impression of the Reserve

Kumara Chinese reserve is a place with a strong gold mining history to tell, on a high profile site in Kumara on SH 73. The design vision aims to honour both the past of Chinese golden miners and also the rustic and unique west coast natural environment, by proposing a traditional Chinese style garden using typical Chinese structures and authentic locally sourced materials.

*Artist impression only*

KRT contact

Julie Rowe (KRT Chairperson)

The Press April 2017 article on the Chinese Garden Project results in a complaint filed by KRT:


The following link is the official ruling form the Press Council:

press council ruling

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MDI Funding Submission

A big thank you for everyone who supported our application by making a submission. Westland District Council received 175 submissions with 171 being supportive of this MDI application.

Voting for the International Miners Heritage Sculpture

We can now announce the winner of this competition was the "Shovels" designed by Jane Downes of Little River, Canterbury.  Thank you everyone who participated by voting on your favourite entry.  We look forward to working with Jane to create this special sculpture within the Chinese Reserve project.

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