LTP consultation begins after Easter break

Published on 01 April 2024

Photo of Mayor Vince Cocurullo in the mayoral robe and chains.

I hope you all had an awesome Easter break, and that you had a chance to rest, recuperate and enjoy the hospitality of Northland.

This Easter weekend had so many different events on, including the Easter services provided by various denominations, along with community events such as the always-popular Waipu Easter Carnival, Tutukaka Night Markets and the long-running Whangarei Heads Arts Trail.

It was wonderful to have the Brynderwyns open for Easter too, allowing more visitors to access our region. The latest updates show that 127,000 cubic metres of soil have been moved so far, which is equivalent to 18 rugby fields worth of soil. That’s an impressive amount!

Even with the Brynderwyns route repaired you can rest assured that nothing will stop us continuing our push for the 4-lane expressway, as this is a key piece of infrastructure that is desperately needed for Northland’s growth and resilience.

On the topic of resilience, it was good to have Hon Mark Mitchell, Emergency Management and Recovery Minister visit Whangārei on Friday 22 March.

He was announcing the much-needed additional funding to complete the new multi-agency coordination centre to be constructed behind the Bank Street Whangārei Fire Station.

This building will encourage a better flow of communication and more efficient response times between all emergency services and Councils within the Northland Region, when another disaster happens.

This time last year we were talking about the upcoming International Rally of Whangārei, and how nice it would be to have a race car sitting inside the foyer of Councils new building.

While the Rally has moved their event to later in the year, NaZCAR Mega have secured Whangārei’s first ever 2-day inner-city street sprint (planned for the 6 and 7 April) and have organised one of their cars to be based at the new civic centre on Rust Ave this week from Tuesday.

Stop by our building at 9 Rust Ave, and while picking up your LTP consultation documents, get an up close and personal look at one of these speed machines, provided by Tony Wheeler, one of our local drivers and organisers of the event.

Just like the hugely popular Taste Whangarei multi-cultural food fair, these events are a great way to liven up the city centre in a family-friendly way.

Over the next month you’ll be seeing lots of discussion about Whangarei District Council’s Long Term Plan 2024-34. We have drop in sessions planned from 4 April to 11 April at Hikurangi, Parua Bay, Ruakākā and here at the civic building, Te Iwitahi.

We’d love to get your feedback on our proposed plan for the next 10 years. Would you like to have more events in Whangārei? Would you like to see more money spent on roads, or do you want Council investing in more infrastructure for growth? Now is the time to let us know.

Give us your feedback and see the full list of community sessions at the link below.

Long Term Plan 2024-34

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