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.

These top priorities will be used by Council when they’re making decisions.

Download the Waikato District Blueprint for more information.


In early 2019 we asked you for your top three priorities from the below:

  • Identity

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

    There are no specific priorities relating to this topic for Te Kowhai. For district-wide priorities on this theme, see Nature.

  • Iwi

    There are no specific priorities relating to this topic for Te Kowhai. For district-wide priorities on this theme, see Iwi.

  • Communities

    • Facilitate school expansion by shared use of the sports field or moving the fields to a new site
    • Expand sports fields and include changing rooms and public toilets.
  • Growth

    There are no specific priorities relating to this topic for Te Kowhai. For district-wide priorities on this theme, see Growth.

  • Economy

    • Intensify airpark with limited additional commercial use
    • Expand 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 Otomanui Walkway along the Waipa River to Ngaruawahia
    • Refer to the district-wide initiatives for the promotion of passenger transport services, including opportunities for commuters.
  • Infrastructure

    • Resolve wastewater and water reticulation issues.
  • Governance

    There are no specific priorities relating to this topic for Te Kowhai. For district-wide priorities on this theme, see Governance.