Population: Ngaruawahia: 5,424 (2016 estimate) with growth projected to reach 5,615 by 2045
We came to Ngaruawahia in August 2018 and heard what was important to you. You told us 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 Ngaruawahia.
The top priority initiatives for Ngaruawahia include:
- Building a strong identity for the town.
- Undertaking strategic conversations around
-owned land and halls for re-invigoration
of community assets.
- Working with relevant entities to support the
strategy for youth initiatives.
- Undertaking initiatives to ensure tidy
commercial and industrial street frontages.
- Providing longer distance walking and cycling
connections to Te Otamanui, Glen Massey, the
eastern side of the Waikato River to Horotiu,
visited again in June/July 2020 to discuss who should lead each of these
initiatives for Ngaruawahia. This latest round of feedback asked for your thoughts on the
priority ranking and who should be leading each initiative. Is the priority
still top, or is something else more important. Should Council or the
community, or perhaps a mix of both, be leading the initiative? Feedback closed
on 17 July.
View your Local Area Blueprint initiatives in more detail below
or download the Waikato District Blueprint for more information.
Proposed initiatives for Ngaruawahia:
- Build a strong identity based on the river corridor and the unique qualities of the local area. For Ngaruawhia consider Te Kiingitanga, the confluence of the Waipa and Waikato Rivers and the Hakarimata Ranges.
- Erect signage at the six entry points to Ngaruawahia, refer to its unique local identity and to promote tourism.
- Undertake a pest control project in the Hakarimata Range. Consider this as an opportunity for a community-led conservation project.
- Promote local cultural tourism by local iwi.
- Undertake strategic conversations around Council-owned land and halls for the re-invigoration of community assets.
- Produce a planting plan and social space at Te Mana o te Rangi reserve.
- Work with relevant entities to support the strategy for youth initiatives
- Address freedom camping issues.
- Consider extending the business zone.
- Undertake initiatives to ensure tidy commercial and industrial street frontages.
- Promote water-based recreation opportunities, including the development of a café.
- Promote the idea of recreational opportunities in and around the Hakarimata Range, consider a gondola or a waterslide.
- 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.
- Upgrade pedestrian connections in the town centre and to the Te Awa river ride.
- Investigate opportunities for traffic calming and speed reductions on Great South road through the town centre and for improved east-west connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists.
- Provide longer distance walking and cycling connections to Te Otamanui, Glen Massey, the eastern side of the Waikato river to Horotiu and Taupiri.
- Install or upgrade toilet facilities.
Thanks for your feedback!