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Final Stage of engagement for Ahu Ake – Waipā Community Spatial Plan  

Exciting news! We are in the process of planning our next steps of engagement for Ahu Ake – Waipā Community Spatial Plan.  

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Waipā launches ‘World Café’

Waipā District Council is to run its first ever ‘World Café’ bringing together residents, staff and experts to share knowledge, collaborate and generate ideas on complex issues.

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Mapping the future

Council’s biggest ever roadshow involving 11 towns and villages and at least 22 events rolls out this week.

Article in the Cambridge News. Read more here.

Karāpiro changes ahead

Within 30 years Ōhaupō will be a small town growing to the north and Karāpiro will have a new school in a thriving village hub.

Photo and article in the Cambridge News. Read more here.

Waipā spatial plan clinches another award

Ahu Ake – Waipā District Council’s draft 30-year community spatial plan has clinched another award, this time from the New Zealand Planning Institute.

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Council scoops up trans-Tasman geospatial award

Waipā District Council has scooped up yet another major award for its first spatial plan - this time against competitors from across the ditch.

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Important conversations to be had around Waipā’s way ahead

Waipā District Council is sending out teams of elected members and staff to 11 towns and villages for at least 22 events to gather public input for a 30-year plan on how the district manages growth and development.

Article in the Waikato Herald. Read more here

Council a winner at major geospatial awards

Waipā District Council has won a top geospatial award for its early work on the development of Ahu Ake – Waipā Community Spatial Plan.

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Council’s feedback frenzy

Waipā’s spatial plan engagement programme has become a victim of its own success and  the team behind it is under pressure to provide individual presentations before feedback closes in 11 days.

Article and photo in the Cambridge News. Read more here

10-minute neighbourhoods, growing ‘up’ not ‘out’ important for future

Tackling climate change, creating 10-minute neighbourhoods, and growing ‘up’ rather than ‘out’ are some of the key themes that could help shape the future of Waipā.

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Ahu Ake a finalist in geospatial awards

Waipā’s first spatial plan is up for a major award less than half-way through its development.

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Why spatial plans are vital 

Waipā District Council strategy group manager, Kirsty Downey, speaks to Mary-Ann Gill of the Cambridge News about Ahu Ake - Waipā Community Spatial Plan.

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Ōhaupō earmarked for growth, Karāpiro a tourism hub in draft plan

Ōhaupō has been signalled as an area for future growth and Karāpiro as a hub for tourism in a draft plan for the future of the district.

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Hundreds have say on future of the district

From better public transport services to improved biodiversity, hundreds of Waipā residents have shared their views on what is most important to them for the future of the district.

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Community 'disconnect'

The plan for Karāpiro has taken at least one Waipā councillor by surprise but another who works there says the community has felt disconnected for years.

Photo and article in the Cambridge News. Read more here.

Exploring the future of Waipā

The Waipā District is growing rapidly and by 2050 it is anticipated it will be home to an additional 25,000 people. What would happen if that growth occurred even faster than expected?

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