Te Kowhai local area blueprint

Te Kowhai

Population: 1,623 (2016 estimate) with growth projected to reach 2,122 by 2045

We came to Te Kowhai in October 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 Kowhai.

The top priority initiatives for Te Kowhai include:

  • Building a strong identity for the town.
  • Creating a village green by expanding sports fields and include changing rooms and public toilets.
  • Supporting the expansion or intensification of the airpark with commercial uses associated with aeronautical activities.
  • Supporting the completion of the Te Otamanui walkway by the community.
  • Providing longer distance walking and cycling connections from the Te Otamanui walkway along the Waipa River to Ngaruawahia.

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


Proposed initiatives for Te Kowhai:

  • Identity

    • Build a strong identity based on the river corridor and the unique qualities of the local area. For Te Kowhai, consider the airpark.
  • Communities

    • Facilitate school expansion by shared use of the sports field or moving the fields to a new site
    • Create a village green by expanding sports fields and include changing rooms and public toilets.
  • Economy

    • Support the expansion or intensification of the airpark with commercial uses associated with aeronautical.
    • Consider expanding commercial zone towards garage.
    • 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 the development of a new inner relief road, connecting Horotiu Road and Te Kowhai Road.
    • Support the expansion of the footpath network in new residential developments and connecting them to the village centre.
    • Support the completion of the Te Otamanui Walkway by the community.
    • Provide longer distance walking and cycling connections from the Te Otamanui walkway along the Waipa River to Ngaruawahia.
    • Refer to the district-wide initiatives for the promotion of passenger transport services, including opportunities for commuters.