Kia ora and welcome to
Ahu Ake

– Waipā Community Spatial Plan

It is a very exciting time for us in the Waipā District as we partner with Mana Whenua and work with key stakeholders and our wider community to create our very first district-wide community spatial plan.

This will be a blueprint for the Waipā district for the next 30-plus years. It will provide the foundation for all of our future planning, help us identify opportunities for growth and investment and help us to prioritise where and how we invest.

It is also so much more than that, it’s about placemaking, shaping what we want our towns and villages to look and feel like. It’s about connecting people and the places they share, live, work, play and invest in, and it is about making our community a place to be proud of.

There’s a lot to consider when creating this plan including:

  • Our natural and built environments – this is our towns as well as our mountains, rivers and rural areas

  • The wellbeing of our communities and how well they could manage and recover from periods of change or disaster

  • How stable and resilient our economy is and well it can cope with change

  • Our phenomenal growth and its impacts on our district, and

  • The impacts of climate change.  

We’ll use what you told us during the development of our vision and community outcomes and what we currently know about our district as a starting point. From there, we will need your help to develop the community spatial plan and help shape our future Waipā.

We can’t do this alone, after all this is your community. Together, we can successfully deliver on our vision to be the Home of Champions, and to build connected Waipā communities.

Garry DyetWaipā District Council Chief Executive

Have your say now!

We are in the early stages of developing Ahu Ake - Waipā Community Spatial Plan and want to get your input on what is important to you for the future of our district and your town or village.

Over the past year, we’ve begun developing the bones of a draft spatial plan, working alongside our Mana Whenua partners, organisations across the district, and applying what we already know is important to our communities from what you’ve told us before.

Now the plan needs you.

We’d like to know:

  • Is this the future you see for yourself and your whanāu?

  • Are there things we have missed?

  • What is most important to you?  

Feedback is open until 5pm Monday 27 March 2023.

We’re coming to you!

We’d like to get your feedback on the future of our district so, we’re coming to your town or village to hear from you.

We’ll be heading to 11 towns and villages across the district in February and March 2023 so we can speak with you about what is most important to you for our future.  

Pop down to your nearest event for a bite to eat and kōrero.

Check out where we’ll be and when on our events page.

We’re excited to see you there.

What is a Spatial Plan?

A spatial plan is a blueprint for a district that provides the foundation for all future planning and investment by Council. It is about future focused thinking that will ultimately shape the look and feel of our places and spaces.

Find out more about why it is so important and what it will mean for our district.

Our estimated timeline

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