Ngaruawahia local area blueprint

Ngaruawahia

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. 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 Ngaruawahia.

The top priority initiatives for Ngaruawahia include:

  • Building a strong identity for the town.
  • Undertaking strategic conversations around Council -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, and Taupiri.

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

 

 

Proposed initiatives for Ngaruawahia: 

  • Identity

    • 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.
  • Nature

    • Undertake a pest control project in the Hakarimata Range. Consider this as an opportunity for a community-led conservation project.
  • Iwi

    • Promote local cultural tourism by local iwi.
  • Communities

    • 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.
  • Growth

    • Consider extending the business zone.
  • Economy

    • 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.
  • Transport

    • 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.
  • Infrastructure

    • Install or upgrade toilet facilities.