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This page contains a summary of the Pataua Structure Plan and a link to the full version of the document.
Updated: 9/07/2013 4:12 p.m.

This Structure Plan is a broad physical plan identifying areas for growth, protection, infrastructure and other community requirements over the next 20 years. It was adopted by Council in February 2009.


The area included in this Structure Plan extends from Awahoa Bay, north of Ocean Beach on Whangarei’s east coast to the Horahora River. It includes a number of small clustered residential living environments along beaches and estuary/river mouths at Taiharuru, Pataua and Horahora.

The dominant land use is the surrounding rural activity and the area is strongly characterised by the coastal and estuarine environments. The Pataua Structure Plan has been identified as a high priority planning area recognising the growth issues at settlement and the existing and potential conflicts between growth in this area, the landscape character, sense of place and natural environment (including hazards in this environment).

The Plan identifies outcomes for living, working, playing and protecting the area. The key elements of it are:

Live in Pataua

  • providing for clustered residential use at Pataua with strong urban limits
  • accommodating development that provides for protection of vegetation, landscape values and water quality of rivers
  • promoting the special lifestyle of the coastal settlement
  • providing for a special lifestyle encouraging pedestrian (non-motorised vehicle) friendly settlement.

Work in Pataua

  • promoting eco-tourism and coastal recreation at Pataua
  • encouraging economic rural activities in surrounding Countryside and Coastal Countryside
  • recognising the importance of the natural character and quality of the coastal marine area for tourism and recreation.

Play in Pataua

  • recognising the importance of marine based recreation to the area
  • recognising and maintaining the recreation value of the coastal marine area including estuary
  • providing a network of walkways, recreation access points and linkages through the area
  • maintaining the Coastal Roads as destinations and a ‘scenic experience’; rather than as a through route
  • recognising the vulnerability of the beach and dunes to recreation access and use.

Protecting Pataua

  • maintaining and protecting important bush / habitat areas and natural character
  • enhancing the water quality of estuaries and the coastal marine area recognising their contribution to natural character values of the area
  • protecting significant viewpoints (including from the road), ridgelines, coastal slopes and coastal margins in recognition of their contribution to landscape and natural character values
  • protecting the special character and sense of place of the Pataua settlements
  • recognising the important values of the area to tangata whenua
  • maintaining the open rural values between coastal settlements
  • possible reinstatement of Pataua Island.

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Follow the link below to view the full version of the document.

Pataua Structure Plan [2.9mb] 



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