Huntly local area blueprint

Huntly

Population: 7,491 (2016 estimate) with growth projected to reach 8,295 by 2045.

We came to Huntly in August 2018 and heard what was important to you. We heard what you wanted to see in your community in the future. We heard lots of great ideas and a number of these initiatives can be found below. 

We came back to you in 2019 to hear what your top three priorities are for Huntly.

The top priority initiatives for Huntly include:

  • Building a strong identity for the town.
  • Promoting a Puketirini and Kimihia (east mine) Employment, Skills and Technology Cluster.
  • Promoting a Puketirini and Kimihia (east mine) Building Fabrication Construction Cluster.
  • Supporting the central interchange off the Waikato Expressway.

See below to view these initiatives in more detail or to download the Waikato District Blueprint for more information. 


Proposed initiatives for Huntly:

  • Identity

    • Build a strong identity based on the river corridor and the unique qualities of the local area. For Huntly, consider the lakes, power, mining, bricks, arts and promote as a strong rugby league centre.
  • Nature

    • Prepare a strategy for the clean-up of the lakes and addressing any other environmental issues resulting from mining activity.
  • Communities

    • Prepare a reputational strategy that builds on local pride.
    • Promote waka ama on the Waikato River and lakes.
  • Economy

    • Promote a Puketirini and Kimihia (east mine) employment, skills and technology cluster that builds on existing uses.
    • Promote a Puketirini and Kimihia (east mine) building fabrication construction cluster.
    • Continue to support a youth strategy to tie in with the development of the Puketirini and Kimihia (east mine) clusters.
    • Support the Huntly Wearable Arts event. Consider increasing its frequency and creating more economic spinnoff (e.g. skills development)
    • Determine key town centre strategy and management needs
    • Identify if, how much and where possible additional employment land for office development is needed beyond the zoning in the Proposed District Plan
    • Identify if, how much and where possible additional employment land for retail development is needed beyond the zoning in the Proposed District Plan.
  • Transport

    • Support and central interchange off the Waikato Expressway.
    • Support the production of a cycle/walking strategy that links lakes, river and town centre.
    • Promote a new pedestrian river bridge.