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How should we manage the development of this cool seaside village?


Why is it important to plan ahead for Mokau?

We suspect that Mokau is going to experience some growth. We think it is very important to manage this growth so that the look and feel of Mokau is enhanced, and any new development is appropriate for the township. The District Plan is the vehicle for managing growth and 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 would like to work with the community to embrace the laid back, seaside vibe of this beautiful part of our District. We think that we should be looking at connectivity and resilience for the people of Mokau. This means that the District Plan might provide for better access in some areas, look at managing parking or providing for more opportunities to establish a business. We also need to think about how we manage things like coastal erosion and climate change so that the community can successfully navigate these issues.   

What is a Structure Plan?

A Structure Plan is used in areas where we expect growth to happen. It helps us to identify where that growth should be located and how we can service it. It also establishes what we would like our towns to look and feel like. Structure Plans generally have more emphasis on new development and infrastructure requirements than Town Concept Plans. In Mokau we will also be looking at resilience and how we can manage the impacts of our changing coastline. You can read more about coastal hazards and coastal flooding here. 

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:

Mokau Structure Planning (PDF, 8.79 Mb)

  • What are the features, issues and opportunities in Mokau?
  • 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 January, Council invited Mokau and Awakino residents, bach owners and holiday makers to join us for an ice block and some summer fun at the Mokau Community Hall. We would like to say a huge thank you to the wider Mokau community who turned out in great numbers to support these open days. Over many years of community consultation, we have never experienced such a high level of engagement and such great and enthusiastic ideas and support.

The community supported a more encompassing zoning approach and agreed that commercial activities should be encouraged. Residents also signalled that any new development must properly managed and be compatible with the character of Mokau.  The document above will now be amended to incorporate all of this feedback and then shared for your further comments.

The community also used the opportunity to discuss wider issues that were not strictly related to the District Plan. These issues are being dealt with separately from the District Plan Review process.

Waitomo District Council would like to thank the Mokau Hall Committee for their great care of us.


What if I couldn't attend the open days?

That’s ok – this is only the first draft of the documents. If you would like to comment on the ideas our experts have, you can read the document above and provide your feedback here.

You can also connect with us on:

Facebook: @waitomodistrictplanreview
Twitter: @WaitomoDC
Instagram: waitomo_nz





In February we will provide a summary of the feedback and ideas we received – you will be invited to comment on that and on the revised planning documents too!

There will be more opportunities to formally submit and comment on these documents as well.

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