The recent opening of the Tamahere skatepark has drawn out tensions and sparked debate in the local and wider community. Since access was granted to the public on the 7th of June, residents have complained of smoking, alcohol use and antisocial behaviour taking place at the skatepark. One resident even reported online that the police were called during their visit due to the conduct of other attendees. Waikato District Councillor Aksel Bech states that action is being taken to ensure the skatepark is made safe for all visitors. “There have been some tension points and the Tamahere Community Committee (supported by Waikato District Council’s Parks team) will shortly be putting up a couple of signs, some rules some etiquette, to remind all users of the courtesy and respect for other users expected,” says Aksel.