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Whāingaroa Harbour Strategy

We are embarking on an exciting journey to map out the future of the Whāingaroa Harbour.

This is our opportunity to look at how the harbour can be enhanced over time to better-connect Whāingaroa and the surrounding communities that rely on it for living, working and traveling.

The strategy will consider things like:

  • Moving people and goods around the harbour
  • What infrastructure may be needed
  • Walkways and cycleways to get people to and from the harbour and between jetties
  • Initiatives for the harbour edge
  • Recreational activities that could take place in the harbour.

We will also look at how we can make it easier for remote communities to access Whāingaroa via the wharf and consider questions such as whether the wharf should be a point where people can catch ferries from or charter boats.

We’d like you to come on this journey with us and help shape the future of this important space.

What is happening now?

Last year, we asked you to tell us what was important to you for the future of the harbour. During this time, we received feedback from more than 100 residents, stakeholders and hapū representatives. Some of the key themes include:

  • Improving and protecting the health and wellbeing of the harbour
  • The harbour should be a space for recreational activities such as swimming, kayaking, jet skiing, boating and fishing
  • Development should reflect the natural environment and be in line with the current look and feel of the wharf.

Taking into consideration the feedback we have received, we are now working on a draft of the strategy and hope to have it ready to share with you in late March 2022.

At this stage, we’ll seek further feedback from the community to make sure we’re on the right track.

What is the purpose of a strategy?

A strategy helps us to understand where we are going and why. It also helps to ensure the decisions we make in the future are moving us in the right direction and reflect the aspirations of the community for the future of the harbour.

Project milestones

  1. November 2021 - December 2021
    Speaking to iwi partners, stakeholders and the wider community about what is important to them for the future of the harbour.
  2. December 2021 - January 2022
    Feedback is considered and used to develop the draft strategy.
  3. February - March 2022
    Further feedback is sought from iwi partners, stakeholders and the wider community.
  4. March 2022 - April 2022
    Feedback is considered and used to develop the strategy.
  5. May 2022
    Strategy is complete and ready to share with the community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know more? We’ve put together some FAQs to help answer some of those burning questions.

What is the purpose of the Whāingaroa Harbour Strategy?

The Whāingaroa Harbour Strategy is a plan for the enhancement of the harbour to better-connect Whāingaroa and the surrounding communities.

It is an aspirational yet practical plan which will outline how the harbour will look and function in the future and will provide guidance on which projects may be needed to make it a reality.

It is important to have a plan in place so that we know where we are going and why. It also ensures everything we do moving forward is well thought out and reflects the aspirations of the Whāingaroa and surrounding communities for this important space.

When will we start seeing changes to the harbour as a result of this plan?

This is a long-term visionary document which will take a 30–50-year view of the harbour.

It will complement the work that you will start seeing soon on the other projects. However, this strategy will go a step further and create a vision for the future of the harbour and outline what would need to happen to make it a reality.

Once the strategy is finalised, we’ll have a better idea of what these steps would be. These could include working with community groups to achieve some of the actions in the strategy and a range of projects for inclusion into future Council Long Term Plans.

How is the Whāingaroa Harbour Strategy being funded?

We’ve been granted $2.5 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to improve the Whāingaroa wharf and harbour, now and in the future. This funding has been split across four projects, including the strategy, to upgrade and enhance the existing wharf.

Where will future funding come from to put the plan in place?

Once the strategy is complete and we understand what the future of the harbour will look like, we’ll need to consider which projects we will need to undertake to get there and how those will be funded.

What about the feedback that was already provided in the Raglan Naturally Community Plan and the Raglan Blueprint?

We have reviewed feedback gathered in previous consultations with the community and will use this information as a starting point for the Whāingaroa Harbour Strategy. We will be looking to the community to help us to further shape this strategy and expect to speak to residents in late 2021 and again in early 2022 to hear their thoughts on what is important to them for the future of this space.

Who is being consulted with on this project?

Together with the Raglan Community Board, we are working closely with iwi, key stakeholders and the Whāingaroa community to create this plan.

How can I have my say on this project?

Community feedback is important to us. We know that those who live in Whāingaroa know better than anyone what the future of the harbour should look like.

Over the coming months we will be asking the community how they use the harbour now and what is important to them for its future. This feedback will be used to develop ideas on the direction the strategy could take.

We will keep the community updated throughout the process.

What other projects are underway to improve the Whāingaroa wharf and wider harbour?

There are several projects underway to improve the existing wharf including: