Te Kauwhata & Rangiriri local area blueprint

Te Kauwhata & Rangiriri

Population (Te Kauwhata): 1,769 (2016 estimate), with growth projected to reach 3,093 by 2045.

We came to Te Kauwhata and Rangiriri 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 Te Kauwhata and Rangiriri.

The top priority initiatives for Te Kauwhata and Rangiriri include:

  • Building a strong identity for the town.
  • Considering rezoning the site of the existing primary school as commercial to allow for a central business hub.

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

Proposed initiatives for Te Kauwhata and Rangiriri:

  • Identity

    • Build a strong identity based on the river corridor and the unique qualities of the local area. For Te Kauwhata, consider viticulture and the Whangamarino wetlands. Develop a heritage trail highlighting the viticultural history of Te Kauwhata.
    • Promote Rangiriri, highlighting the town’s history.
  • Communities

    • Work with the Ministry of Education to agree on an integrated approach to delivering additional educational capacity, especially where associated with new residential areas.
    • Promote the provision of health services.
    • Consider the provision of facilities to accommodate community, and active and passive recreational activities.
  • Growth

    • Consider measures to ensure high quality new residential environments.
    • Provide design guidance to ensure housing diversity for different family sizes.
  • Economy

    • Consider rezoning the site of the existing primary school as commercial to allow for a central business hub (in conjunction with the initiative to identify additional educational facilities elsewhere).
    • Determine key town centre strategy and management needs.
    • Strengthen and emphasise linkages to the Waikato River and the Te Araroa Trail, and leverage for tourism.
    • Provide a covered facility to accommodate the markets.
    • 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

    • Produce a cycling and walking strategy to develop local connections and paths, including around the lakes and the Whangamarino Wetland.
    • Consider alternatives to the bypass that achieves the aim of reducing trucks through the village.
    • Consider facilitating a grade-separated rail crossing, at existing or possible bypass location.