Whatawhata local area blueprint

Whatawhata

Population: 2,786 (2016 estimate) with growth projected to reach 3,984 by 2045.

We came to Whatawhata 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 Whatawhata.

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 Whatawhata, consider AgResearch, coal mining and the peach trees.
  • Nature

    • Address river bank weeds and erosion issues.
  • Iwi

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

  • Communities

    • Support process to create a meeting space (“Our Place”)
    • Facilitate an investigation into the options for expanding the school. Consider expansion towards the east
    • Expand the sports fields to meet increased recreational needs. Consider the inclusion of public toilets
    • Create public picnic areas with BBQ facilities.
  • Growth

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

  • Economy

    • 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 NZTA discussions to deliver a roundabout to resolve congestion
    • Extend local footpaths to connect new residential areas to the village centre
    • Investigate reinstating the Makarini Road bridge across the Waipa to improve connectivity between the village centre and the residential expansion areas to the west
    • Create public river access to the west of the village centre.
  • Infrastructure

    • Address the waste disposal capacity issues with the existing public toilets at the service centre. Consider constructing new facilities as part of the proposed sports fields expansion
    • Resolve wastewater and water reticulation issues.
  • Governance

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