Placemaking Programme

People and cycling on the Kamo Shared Path

Creating great neighbourhoods of the future starts with great planning. We are currently working with our communities to develop Placemaking Plans.

What is happening now?

Our first round of engagement for the Waipu and Parua Placemaking Plans was held from the 2 March to 11 April 2022. The Placemaking Plans are a collaborative plan-making process. Meaningful engagement with the community, tangata whenua and stakeholders is key to the success of building these plans and developing a shared long-term vision.

The purpose of the first round of engagement is to speak with and listen to the community, tangata whenua and stakeholders. This early engagement was to help us gain an understanding of the qualities/values, issues, and opportunities and support direction setting before Plan drafting starts. 

Summary of engagement

Our team has put together an engagement report that summarises the feedback into key themes for Waipu and Parua Bay which will inform our thinking as we move into the testing and development stage (drafting the plans). 

Parua Bay Placemaking Plan - Summary of feedback Report(PDF, 348KB)

Parua Bay Placemaking Plan - Engagement results(PDF, 4MB)

Waipu Placemaking Plan - Summary of feedback Report(PDF, 359KB)

Waipu Placemaking Plan - Engagement results(PDF, 3MB)

Tangata whenua engagement

We are holding engagement with tangata whenua in May 2022 for Waipu and June 2022 for Parua Bay. 

What are Placemaking Plans?

Placemaking Plans inform how an area will change, grow, and develop over the next 20 to 30 years.

They help guide our future planning and infrastructure work and align with Long Term Plan and Annual Plan funding.

Whangārei is growing and changing but there is a gap when it comes to understanding how this affects specific locations.

A ‘one size fits all’ approach is not the best for our diverse District because each place is different. Communities have their own set of qualities, unique characteristics and people who make them special.

Collaboration with the community and tangata whenua is a key part of developing Placemaking Plans. 

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District Placemaking timeline

Council has prioritised Placemaking Plans as follows:

  • Tikipunga and Hikurangi (adopted in 2021)

Hikurangi and Tikipunga Placemaking Plans

  • Parua Bay (2022)
  • Waipu (2022)
  • Kensington (2023)
  • Marsden / Ruakākā (2023)
  • Maunu (2024)
  • Onerahi (2024)
  • Kamo (2025)
  • Raumanga / Otaika (2025)

This list may be added to in the future or locations may be reprioritised, subject to elected members approval.


Diagram showing considerations that go in to placemaking plans.