Te Pātukurea - Kerikeri Waipapa Spatial Plan

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Kerikeri and Waipapa are growing fast. By 2051, more than 22,000 people will call this area home.

We need to act and plan now to manage this growth and protect and enhance what we love and value about the area. Like you, we want Kerikeri and Waipapa to grow in a way that reflects our culture and considers the wellbeing of our people, our local economy, and our environment. 

That's why we’re working to develop a blueprint for our shared future – a spatial plan for Kerikeri-Waipapa called Te Pātukurea.

Te Pātukurea will lay the foundation for our future planning, help to identify opportunities for growth as well as where and how we invest resources. It’ll shape what the area will look and feel like, where we can live, work and play, how we get to where we need to go, what infrastructure we need, how we care for our environment and what we can do to tackle climate change.

Te whakakitenga mō Kerikeri-Waipapa
The vision for Kerikeri and Waipapa

Throughout 2022, we partnered with local hapū and engaged with stakeholders and community groups to understand the key issues facing our district. This helped to identify what our aspirations are and determined our vision for Kerikeri-Waipapa.

Ko te mauri tuku ahurea, He Pātaka

Grow a culture based on our history to drive an economy that protects our environment

Ngā wawata mō Kerikeri-Waipapa
The aspirations for Kerikeri-Waipapa

We also heard about people's aspirations for the area - the changes they want to see. We have grouped these aspirations into the following themes, and we seek your input to help prioritise them.

Protect and Enhance Te Taiao
  1. Protecting and enhancing the river system and the natural environment.
  2. Future developments enhance the biodiversity of the area.
  3. Taonga species are protected and introduced predators are managed.
  4. Employing best-practice water sensitive design (a design approach which considers stormwater management in parallel with the ecology of a site, best practice urban design, and community values).
  5. Better access and connectivity to the natural environment (particularly coastal and waterways)
  1. For the hapū rōpū, their people need to see themselves reflected, and their culture expressed, in the area.
  2. Development enhances the cultural footprint of hapū, including protection and maintenance of wāhi tapu and sites of significance.
  3. The area reflects cultural values, for example atuatanga, whakapapa, kaitiakitanga, manaakitanga, and rangatiratanga.
  1. Providing for and prioritising social and affordable housing options
  2. Supportive of intensification, while protecting the character of Kerikeri and Waipapa, with:
    • good design principles,
    • provision of social infrastructure,
    • good connectivity,
  3. Develop design guidelines for Kerikeri and Waipapa.
  4. Address rural lifestyle demand.
  5. Supporting existing rural settlements. 
Climate Change
  1. Responding to the impacts of climate change (such as flooding and drought) by having clear plans for climate adaptation, resilient infrastructure and coordinated emergency response.
  2. Investing in low carbon and energy efficient options for transport, housing, and infrastructure where suitable.
  3. Nature based solutions to tackle climate change (such as tree planting, wetland restorations).
Resilient Economy
  1. Enabling the development of a variety of businesses to establish and thrive in the
  2. right places.
  3. Education opportunities, skilled work force and a higher wage economy.
  4. Certainty for business and developers.
  5. Green economics.
  6. Preserve quality soils for horticulture and agriculture.
  7. Achieve good urban form.
Transport / Infrastructure / Services
  1. Efficient and effective transport networks.
  2. Multi modal/lower carbon transport options
  3. Sufficient three waters infrastructure to support development.
  4. Providing community services, particularly medical facilities
  5. Better freight connections.

Once finalised, these themes will guide the development of Te Pātukurea, and ultimately the growth of our area.

Āwhina mai ki te whakahāngai, mā mātou e whakamahere
Help shape it, so we can plan it

Te Pātukurea is a plan for everyone in the Kerikeri-Waipapa area, including both current and future generations. That’s why we want you to have your say, so we can capture the diverse views of our community and shape how our district develops over the next 30 years. 

We’re asking you to look to the future and tell us what you think will make Kerikeri-Waipapa an even greater place to live. You have from Monday 6 November 2023 to Monday 4 December 2023 to share your feedback.

To have your say, complete this online survey. 

Complete survey

If the online survey doesn't work for you, you can also:

  • Email us at: submissions@fndc.govt.nz
  • Call us at: 0800 920 029
  • Fill out a survey at the Kerikeri Customer Service Centre or Procter Library
  • Send your feedback to: Private Bag 752, Kaikohe 0440
  • Visit any of our upcoming pop-up events to talk with the project team