Managing growth and development in Te Kuiti

Tell us about what we need to do to strengthen and grow Te Kuiti.


Why is it important to plan ahead for Te Kuiti?

The District Plan is important for place making and place shaping. This is all about what we want our townships to look and feel like; what is our identity and our culture? What changes do we need to make to improve our wider environment? And what do we need to manage and protect for the future?

Council believes that shaping our communities is the most important part of the District Plan. After all, this is where most of us live, work and shop. Because there are not many of us in Waitomo, it means that our townships are crucial to the success of our District. It is very important that we set aside space for the best infrastructure, facilities and reserves that we can afford. It’s also very important that there are opportunities for industries to operate and expand, for tourism to be encouraged, for residential areas to be attractive and safe, and for our commercial areas to be vibrant and busy.

What is a Town Concept Plan?

A Town Concept Plan is a method of planning which helps to identify the issues, features and opportunities available in our townships. We use these to look at what key moves can be made to enhance the character and connectivity within a town and to identify outcomes agreed by the community. Town Concept Plans also support the District Plan by providing important information about community aspirations and by identifying issues we should address through our rules.  The Te Kuiti Town Concept Plan will also include some economic analysis so that we can work out if we have enough land set aside for residential, commercial and industrial areas. In addition to being helpful for the District Plan process, Town Concept Plans are a useful basis for directing and promoting economic growth, as they provide a vision for future development.

What work have you done so far?

We think it’s really important to undertake some preliminary work so that people can have focused discussions. We have used experts from Beca to help us draft a framework for the community to comment on. This is a far more cost effective way to get good feedback than a “blank page” approach. So the experts have told us what they think (below), now we need the community’s input:

  • What are the features, issues and opportunities in Te Kuiti?
  • What should our key moves be?
  • What outcomes do we want for our township? 


How do we provide input into this process?

Before we start writing the rules, we think it’s vital to talk to you about what matters most. In December, we will be focusing on Te Kuiti’s commercial area. If you live in Te Kuiti, you’re invited to come and see us and help make decisions about the town’s future. We’ll be talking about what the District Plan needs to do, so we can better shape the township. Come and join us for coffee and Christmas cake at 187 Rora Street, Te Kuiti (next to the Mini India Takeaway). You’re welcome anytime on:

  • Thursday 21 December 2017 midday-4pm
  • Friday 22 December 2017 10am-4pm

We have some ideas – but yours might be better, so please help us to determine the future of Te Kuiti.

Managing growth and development in Te Kuiti