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Project overview

Located in Papamoa East, Te Tumu is bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the north, and the Kaituna River and farm lands to the south.

Overview map

It’s a place of great historic and cultural wealth, both for tangata whenua and European settlers, who have lived and worked on the land since the 1800s.

Councils and landowners have throughout the years considered options for urban development at Te Tumu, as signalled in various planning documents and past developer proposals. Now, Te Tumu is planned to help support the region’s future growth, as part of the SmartGrowth strategy.

The vision is for Te Tumu to be a coastal community that celebrates its significant history and environmental richness.

The proposed developments will respect the Kaituna River and preserve the area’s natural character, while building a sustainable community around the planned town centre, employment precincts, schools, sportsfields, walkways and cycleways. Based on our investigations to date, approximately 400ha of the 740ha of land at Te Tumu could be developed. The remaining 340ha would be protected to preserve the natural and cultural history of the area, and protect the community from natural hazards.

Te Tumu will provide new housing for more than 15,500 people, with residential building expected to start in 2021.

Te Tumu is a project that joins landowners, developers, Tauranga City Council and SmartGrowth to provide new housing and cater to growth in the Bay of Plenty.

Project overview – November 2017 (9.62mb pdf)

Tauranga has experienced considerable growth over the past 30 years, and is projected to continue growing. Seven urban development areas have been identified around the western Bay of Plenty to cater for this as part of a long-term SmartGrowth strategy. Te Tumu is one of these areas. Other project areas include Tauriko West, building a more compact city for Tauranga and planning for future growth within the Keenan Road area (south of The Lakes development within Pyes Pa), Omokoroa, Katikati, and Te Puke.

Housing Infrastructure Fund

Tauranga City Council applied for financing from the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) for work related to the proposed Te Tumu development. The HIF is a contestable $1 billion fund from central Government to help high growth councils with infrastructure projects required to increasing housing supply.

In July 2017, the Government approved to progress Tauranga City Council’s application for $60 million interest-free loan to finance key infrastructure up to the boundary of the proposed Te Tumu development.

The package of works includes:

  • a new interchange from the Tauranga Eastern Link into the Wairakei and Te Tumu areas
  • new arterial roads to the boundary of Te Tumu 
  • a stormwater pond for roading-related stormwater
  • a new stormwater overflow from the Wairakei Stream corridor to the Kaituna River 
  • trunk water and wastewater pipes to the boundary of Te Tumu.

If this project goes ahead, then infrastructure needs to be delivered to the boundary of the development in Te Tumu, where houses could start being built around 2021. This financing will help build this infrastructure and enable development to proceed. The infrastructure is also needed to allow development to continue within Wairakei.

On 17 April 2018, Council adopted the final HIF proposal and detailed business case for submission to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. An independent advisory panel will evaluate the detailed business case in May and submit it to Ministers on 6 June.

Last Reviewed: 09/05/2018

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