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Placemaking Programme

This page contains information about the Whangarei Placemaking programme, which seeks to help communities create recognisable places in their neighbourhoods.
Updated: 28/07/2020 9:20 a.m.
Graphic showing a timeline for the Placemaking Programme.

What is Placemaking?

The aim of Placemaking Plans is for Council and the community to work collaboratively and create great places for those who live, work and play there.

We are currently working on a Placemaking Programme, and will be developing Placemaking Plans. This is to respond to growth and changes in our communities and the key challenges and opportunities that come with it.

Whangarei is growing and changing but there is a gap when it comes to understanding how this affects specific locations. A ‘one size fits all’ approach is not the best for our diverse District because each place is different. Communities have their own set of qualities, unique characteristics and people who make them special.

Placemaking Plans are integrated plans which develop a 20-30 shared vision for how a location will change and grow. They will:

  • Support future District Plan reviews/changes. 
  • Align planning with the infrastructure programme in the Long-Term Plan.
  • Balance infrastructure, amenity and environmental outcomes.
  • Provide a level of certainty for infrastructure providers, communities and potential developers and guide future investment in the District.
  • Identify and prioritise projects based on community values. 
  • Provide a vehicle for community input into planning & development decisions.

Placemaking plans will not:

  • Be a statutory plan which can be enforced.
  • Address detailed operational matters or the management of specific assets.
  • Look at detailed design of projects.
  • Be fully implemented or achieved in the short term.
  • Have an established implementation budget. This will be confirmed through future long term plans and annual plans.

Once completed, each Placemaking Plan will identify actions which will feed into Council’s future planning and infrastructure work and align with the Long-Term Plan and Annual Plan funding. 

Hikurangi and Tikipunga 

Over the next 12 months we are developing Placemaking Plans for both of these communities.

Placemaking Plans are collaborative plans put together by Council alongside the community, mana whenua and key stakeholders to build a future vision for how a location will change and develop over the next 20-30 years.

Plans for Hikurangi and Tikipunga will be the first to be developed and plans for other areas will follow.

The first step was to carry out a survey to better understand these areas and what matters most to the people in these communities. The survey closed on 8 July 2020.

Background - Tikipunga

Picture showing people at Whangarei Falls, in Tikipunga. Originally a farming district, Tikipunga, is now a bustling urban suburb, 5km north-east of Whangarei City Centre. It is a diverse community with a mix of urban, lifestyle and rural living, recreational and commercial activities. Key features include the picturesque Whangarei Falls – one of Whangarei’s top visitor attractions, the Tikipunga Sports Park, the new Potter Park and Pehiāweri Marae. It is also a key connection between the Whangarei city centre and the Tutukaka coast.

Tikipunga is growing and changing. In the last five years it has experienced high growth surpassing previous projections and expectations. With this change comes opportunities to be creative, establish a heart and better connect this great community.

Background - Hikurangi

Picture showing fog at Lake Waro in Hikurangi. Located 16km north of Whangarei, Hikurangi is a village with a rich mining and farming history. Hikurangi grew quickly in the late 19th century with the expansion of timber milling and coal mining. Today King Street is the commercial and community heart connecting the town to the school, residential and recreational areas. The spectacular Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve and adjoining lake is a significant visitor attraction.

Hikurangi has a strong sense of community spirit with a drive and a readiness to see change and revive the place they call home. 




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