In Tauranga, 28% of people identify as living with a disability. Council strives to make the city accessible to everyone, so that people are able to move about easily and safely without being limited by the environment.
Beach access mat
Tauranga is leading the way in helping everyone enjoy the beach and water, with New Zealand’s first Council-owned beach access mat.
The beach access mat is a portable rollout mat that creates a sturdy and visible access path to the beach. Anyone can use the matting, but it is particularly helpful for people who usually can’t get onto the beach and move across the sand (e.g. users of wheelchairs, walkers, mobility scooters, or strollers).
The mat was trialled at Mount Maunganui Main Beach in December 2016 and was a huge success. Fundraising for the mat was successfully led by local businesses and 60 metres of matting was purchased by Council in 2017.
The mat is currently positioned in the walkway to the left of the cenotaph on Marine Parade (opposite Mount Drury), heading down onto the beach towards Moturiki (Leisure Island). We’re intending that the mat will be permanently available over the 2017/18 summer period from now until early February (weather dependent).
An accessible beach buggy and beach chair are also available for hire. Bookings are required.
To hire the beach buggy please contact CCS Disability Action Bay of Plenty
To hire the beach chair please contact Hibiscus Surf School
Information on mobility parking
Tauranga City accessibility awards
The inaugural Tauranga City accessibility awards were presented on 12 December at Tauranga City Council.
Congratulations to our winners. Thank you for your continued dedication and commitment to ensuring your services are accessible, and for helping to build an inclusive community in Tauranga.
- Accessible & Inclusive Building: celebrating business owners who have made accessibility a feature of their new building
WINNER: Te Wānanga o Aotearoa – Tauranga campus
- Accessible & Inclusive Business: celebrating building owners that embrace diversity and demonstrate a willingness to ensure the physical environment is accessible and inclusive to all
WINNER: Bayfair Shopping Centre
- Most Inclusive Customer Service: celebrating organsiaiotng that value and respect all customers and are willing to accommodate people’s needs
WINNER: SwitchedOn Exercise & Wellness Centre
The accessibility awards seek to recognise developers, architects, builders and business owners/operators who have demonstrated their commitment towards building an inclusive community. These awards have been established to promote universal design and to celebrate those individuals who have embraced social inclusion in the development of a building or the operation of their business.
Universal design recognises human diversity and various life scenarios such as pregnancy, childhood, injury, disability and ageing.
Nominations for the 2018 awards will open mid next year.
Last Reviewed: 18/12/2017