We began this process with Port Waikato in late 2021 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 that relate to themes such as identity, nature, iwi, communities, growth, economy, transport, infrastructure and governance. The highest priority is given to the initiatives identified within the categories of ‘Continue’ and ‘Top’.
The initiatives for Port Waikato identified under the ‘Continue’ category include:
- Continue the erosion/resilience planning project, including regular clean-ups of debris, and provide ongoing clarity on what is being done.
- Continue the planned construction and/or upgrades of playgrounds at Cobourne Reserve, Maraetai Bay, and Cordyline Road/Phillips Reserve.
- Continue to maintain the entry road into Port Waikato in light of erosion and subsidence.
- Continue the public toilet upgrade and relocation at Sunset Beach.
The ‘top’ initiatives identified for the community of Port Waikato include:
- Undertake a public realm upgrade at the wharf area to make a gateway statement and address the lack of gathering space
- Improve litter control in the summer peak months, e.g. by increasing the frequency of servicing the public, rubbish bins, providing separated bins, no litter signs, no-freedom camping signs, and clean-up of public areas
- Erect signage to mark and explain the history and cultural significance for mana whenua
- and antisocial behaviour on roads, the beach and in the dunes, e.g. through more speed limit signs, cameras, police presence, speed bumps, especially along Maunsell Road and at Maraetai Bay Reserve.
- Improve stormwater management and especially address drainage issues along Maunsell Road and Centreway Road.
View the Local Area Blueprint initiatives in more detail below or download the Waikato District Blueprint for more information.