We're developing the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan of work, spending and funding, policies and plans for the next ten years and we need your input.
What will our community's needs and expectations be and what should Whangarei be like in 2028?
What do you want to see happen here? How do you want to see the District develop? What are your priorities? What's important to you?
This is your chance to let us know before we start. We've summarised the information here and you can read it all on our website Here to Where Whangarei:
Have a read, see where we are now, and let us know where to from here.
You can also follow our Facebook page or read more about the Long Term Plan on the links provided. (Can be found under the 'Resources' tab top-right of this page)
We're here now
We have a pretty good idea of where we are right now and what is happening in our District. Every year we gather tonnes of information from all sorts of sources – from you, government, Statistics New Zealand, economic reports, research, the media, community groups, pressure groups – you name it, if someone has information and we can use it, we do.
We boil these down and work them up into imaginative strategies, plans and policies that guide our work, so we can deliver the outcomes we all want for our District. We also regularly talk about these strategies in Council News. Here's a sample of them. You can also look through them all on our website.
Where is our population heading, and how will the District develop in the next 50 years? This document crunches the numbers, analyses the trends and paints a picture.
Blue Green Strategy
Ever visualised bringing more of our lush green environment into our urban areas? Wandering along garden-lined streams that meander through our towns? Read about our plans in the Blue Green Strategy.
We've seen enormous development in Whangarei in the past 20 years – and there is plenty of scope for more – where do we go from here?
It's a great big rule book that lets us all know what we can and can't do, as of right, on different pieces of land in our District – it's taken years to put together in consultation with the public, and we are updating it all the time.
2015-25 Long Term Plan
The Long Term Plan (LTP) sets out our direction, work programme, spending and funding, policies and plans for the years 2015-2025. It's a ten year plan and we review it every three years – that's why we are talking to you about the next one now.
We've come this far
Great information should lead to great plans that generate great results, and we have had a few of those in the past 10-20 years.
From cleaning up the harbour to bringing in kerbside recycling, from stunning walkways to huge events like the British and Irish Lions and Rugby World Cup – our District has seen heaps of development and improvements. We are asking you what you'd like to see on a list like this in another 10 years.
We're making a new plan
To keep on top of new needs and developments, directions and knowledge and to make sure we know what is coming up, we review our 10-year-plan (Long Term Plan) every three years.
That means that much of the work due to happen in the next year or three has often been on the books for about 10 years, steadily getting closer all the time. It might be new infrastructure to accommodate population growth, or changes to the way we administer things. The projects outlined here are those that are currently in years 4-10 of our 2015-2025 Long Term Plan. It's now time to review this and see if it's on track and consider what may have changed since that plan was finalised in 2015.
Here's a snapshot
- Reviewing our Walking and Cycling Strategy
- Exploring a new multi-story car park
- A working party to examine our seal extension programme
- New LED (light emitting diode) street lighting
- Road strengthening and safety work
- Maintaining and repairing sealed roads
- Upgrading the Cemetery Road Treatment Plant
- Telemetry upgrades to keep track of water levels
- Whau Valley pump station upgrade
- Completion of the new water treatment plant
- New reservoirs at Maungakaramea, Sergeants Hill, Ruakaka, Waipu, Dip and Three Mile Bush Roads
- Trunk watermain replacements
- New water tanker filling stations for rural areas
We will continue to provide transfer stations, kerbside collections, recycling, and education and to adapt changes as the community requires.
- A new sewer line in Kamo to allow for expansion
- New sewer pipes in Waipu Cove
- Extension of the Whangarei Heads Sewerage Scheme
- Telemetry system upgrades
- Kioreroa wastewater treatment plant will be upgraded in the next four years to cater for population increase.
- Plans are also in place to upgrade systems at Ngunguru, Ruakaka and Waipu
Parks and Recreation
- New playgrounds and neighbourhood gardens are planned in the high-growth parts of the District, like Tikipunga and Kamo.
- Several locations have been identified for skateparks over the coming years including, Ngunguru, Tikipunga, Kamo, Waipu
We want to hear from you
We've just summarised the information here. To find out more please go to our website heretowhere.co.nz and read the whole story. Then tell us what you think of what's there.
Tell us before we draft a Plan for the next three years. Some things that you raise now may already be in the Plan, others may come up in the future, and some will come into the Plan after that.
If you get your ideas and suggestions in to us we can put them in the mix for consideration now.
Think, about next year, and the one after, five years from now and 10 years from now. Talk about it with friends and family and then… let us have it!
Face-to-face – public meetings around the District
We are going along to most resident and ratepayer groups and holding two Have Your Say Events. Find some time to come to a meeting, talk to us and provide your feedback.
Come along to one of the resident and ratepayer meetings
Monday 12 June – Tutukaka Coast R&R Association, Tutukaka Marina Office - 7pm
Tuesday 13 June – Ruakaka Parish R&R Association, Ruakaka Recreation Centre -7pm
Wednesday 14 June – Waipu R&R Association, St Peters Anglican Church -6.30pm
Thursday 15 June – Mangakahia Sports Ground Society, Mangakahia Sports Complex -6.30pm
Tuesday 20 June – Onerahi Community Association, Onerahi Community Hall - 7pm
Wednesday 21 June – Smeatons Drive Roopu, Smeatons Drive Community Hall - 6pm
Monday 26 June – Tikipunga Community Trust (Tiki Pride), Trinity Church Hall, cnr of Kiripaka Rd & Otuhiwai Crescent - 6.30pm
Tuesday 27 June – Hikurangi Friendship House Charitable Trust, 6pm, Hikurangi Hall
Wednesday 28 June – Parua Bay R&R Association, Parua Bay Community Centre - 7.30pm
Thursday 29 June – Kamo Community Inc, Kamo Club - 6.30pm
Sunday 2 July – Pataua Area R&R Association, Pataua Education Trust Building - 10.30am
Monday 3 July – Maungakaramea Sports Club, Tangihua Road - 6pm
Tuesday 4 July - The Pulse, 59 Raumanga Valley Road (Kahurangi Room) - 6pm
You can also register for one of our Have Your Say events.
Wednesday 5 July - Have Your Say Event
– Toll Stadium, Level 3 Lounge, 5:30pm
Tuesday 18 July - Have Your Say Event
– Cafler Suite, Forum North, 5:30pm
We may be adding more meetings, so keep an eye on our website, newspaper and our Facebook page for updates.