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Investing in community

This page contains information about Council's plans for the community in the upcoming 2019-2020 Annual Plan.
Updated: 29/03/2019 10:39 a.m.
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​While most of our money is invested in core services like roads, water, sewage and rubbish, we also set aside money for projects that keep our District attractive and make it an even better place to live.

We spend about 23 cents in every dollar on services for our community. These include parks, reserves, sportsfields, skate parks, playgrounds, libraries, events, community-led development and more. This year we’re investing in a wide range of facilities our community will love and be proud of.

Highlights from around the District

  • Community-led development projects in Tikipunga, Maungatapere and Raumanga.
  • Drainage at Hikurangi, Tikipunga and Parua Bay sportsfields will improve their playing surface and decrease closures due to wet weather.
  • A new skate park at Ngunguru.
  • Northland Football Hub ($1.2 million total investment) based at Tikipunga.

What’s happening at the waterfront

  • An amazing new park next to the Canopy Bridge will link the waterfront to the central city. It will have:
    • an amphitheatre for community events;
    • a water feature;
    • a multi-age balance playground;
    • trees for shade;
    • seating and space for the popular Artisans and Night markets.
  • The popular Town Basin children’s playground will be enhanced with new equipment.
  • At Pohe Island there will be 270 new carpark spaces; a new playground and landscaping improvements.

These projects, together with community projects like the Hundertwasser Arts Centre with Wairau Maori Arts Gallery, Hihiaua Cultural Centre and Camera Obscura will continue to transform the Whangarei waterfront into a key visitor destination for both tourists and locals.       



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