We are currently developing a Tikipunga Placemaking Plan. This plan includes a larger area that the traditional Tikipunga urban area, extending to parts of Whareora, Glenbervie, Vinegar Hill and Totara Parklands.
Stage one engagement results
In June 2020, we asked the Tikipunga community what was important to them in an online survey.
Change was one of the key themes you identified. The suburb is changing due to growth, which is putting pressure on housing, public spaces and infrastructure but also bringing opportunities for improved community facilities.
The community love their place, the history and heritage, natural environment, rural backdrop and diverse people who live there and want to celebrate this.
Connectivity was another key theme. People enjoyed walking and cycling during the Covid-19 lockdown and would benefit from improved footpaths and safer roads and intersections to cope with increased traffic.
Following our survey we noted some key opportunities for future improvements in Tikipunga:
• managing growth and development
• community safety and improving public spaces and facilities
• improving safety on busy roads and intersections including Kiripaka Road, Corks Road, Herekino Street and Paramount Parade
• better walking, cycling and public transport connections
Stage two engagement results
Several key opportunities for Tikipunga have been identified:
- 3 areas of focus: Central Tikipunga (the Tiki shops, Paramount Plaza and Denby Golf course), Vinegar Hill and the recreational centre (including the Tikipunga Sports Park and Whangarei Falls/A H Reed reserves)
- Growth and development: Tikipunga is predicted to grow by 170% by 2048 – almost 7000 new residents. This high growth will need to be carefully managed to consider urban sprawl, loss of natural character and infrastructure capacity.
- Youth activities: There is an opportunity to create more activities for youth and children.
- Pedestrian accessibility, walking and cycling: Creating a network of walking and cycling infrastructure in Tikipunga, improving general pedestrian walkability and connectivity by looking at pedestrian safety and crossing opportunities within the central streets.