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

Thanks for your feedback

Over the past six weeks, we have been seeking feedback from our communities about what is most important to them for the future of their towns and villages, and our district.

In total, we received just under 2000 pieces of feedback on the interim draft spatial plan from mana whenua representatives, key stakeholders and the wider community.

A big thank you to those who shared their thoughts with us! Your feedback is a critical part of this important plan. Find out more about what happens next below.

We came to you 

From mid-February to late March 2023, we visited 11 towns and villages across the district, including Te Pahū, Pukeatua, Karāpiro, Kihikihi, Rukuhia and Te Awamutu, and held 17 events where we spoke with hundreds of residents about what our future should look like.

We also held presentations and ran workshops with over 10 different community organisations across Waipā and spoke with mana whenua representatives.

Take a look at where we went and what people told us below.

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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