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About HOTC programme

The Heart of the City Programme was established following the Civic Space Options Project.

City Transformation Committee

The role of the City Transformation Committee includes development of a vibrant, safe and successful city centre, and leadership of plans for the city centre, including the Heart of the City Programme.

City Transformation Committee

Technical Advisory Group

The Heart of the City Technical Advisory Group (TAG) will consider the design aspects of publicly delivered projects in the city centre, and will provide recommendations to the City Transformation Committee and Council on the way forward.

Some examples of projects include new streetscape, open space and waterfront projects, the civic administration building, and business cases for the city library, museum and performance venue.

The TAG was established to provide a higher degree of certainty that the investments we’re making are going to have the desired outcomes.

TAG Advisory Group Members

Graeme Horsley 
Is a professional director and independent property consultant. A former Partner at Ernst and Young, he is a Life Fellow and Past President of the Property Institute of New Zealand, and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He is currently chair of Vital Healthcare Properties Trust, and an independent director of Willis Bond Capital Partners and Accessible Properties Limited. He is also a trustee of the Acorn Foundation.

Buddy Mikaere
As a member of Ngai Tamarawaho – the mana whenua for the city centre area - Buddy brings an understanding of Maori design principles from a traditional perspective and how they might work in an urban environment. He was a member of the design team for the concept and design of Te Papa in Wellington, and has been involved in a number of urban projects including the revamp of parts of Auckland CBD, the Viaduct Basin and the America’s Cup Village. Buddy has served on a number of boards, committees and trusts at local and national levels. He was a member of the Civic Space Options Project Steering Group.

David Hermann
David is an award-winning architect with more than 25 years’ experience in residential and commercial architecture, interior design and business management. He is the Tauranga Regional Manager and Associate Director of Ignite Architects. Prior to moving to Tauranga, David lived in New Plymouth and was involved in the early stages of establishing a programme of rejuvenation for the city. Other projects David was involved in include the redevelopment of St Joseph’s Catholic Church in New Plymouth, New Plymouth District Council’s Civic Complex, and Papamoa Plaza redevelopment.

Joanna (Jo) West
Currently an Art Specialist Teacher at Bethlehem School, Jo West has 23 years’ experience in education, teaching at primary schools locally, nationally and internationally. She has held a number of senior management roles including that of deputy principal. Jo is currently on the Board of Trustees at Bethlehem School. The mother of two young children, she is passionate about providing cultural opportunities for the younger generation.

John Duffy
John is Technical Director at Beca and the General Manager for their environment business. A qualified planner, he has more than 20 years’ experience in leadership of multi-disciplinary projects and teams. He has overall responsibility for the planning, urban design, landscape architecture, architecture and environmental science disciplines in Beca’s New Zealand operations, and has led a wide range of public and private consenting, design, policy and revitalisation projects. He is an Associate Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

Dr Les Matthews
Les is an award-winning urban designer in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato region, with more than 30 years’ experience. He led the design work for the recent Te Awamutu Library and Museum project, and the recent University of Waikato Law-Management project. Les has a Ph.D in Sustainable Urban Design. He is the director of Visioning NZ, a Fellow of New Zealand Institute of Architects and an APEC Architect.

Rachel Pinn
A strategic transport planning specialist, Rachel is a Full Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute and the Treasurer of the Bay of Plenty branch. She was involved in the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy and led the implementation of NZ Transport Agency’s Urban Design Protocol. Before starting her own business, Rachel worked for engineering consultancy AECOM and was previously a senior transport planner at Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

Rebecca Ryder
Rebecca is a Senior Principal and Landscape Architect at Boffa Miskell, and manages the landscape planning team for the Tauranga office. With a strong background in landscape planning and design, Rebecca has strength in the field of landscape assessment and analysis along with Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Rebecca is full member of the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects, a member of the Resource Management Law Association and on the Business Women’s Network committee.

Heart of the City Programme team

General Manager City Transformation Jaine Lovell-Gadd is the Executive sponsor of the programme, which is led by Heart of the City Programme Director Adele Hadfield. Adele is supported by an experienced, talented and passionate team.

Communications and Engagement Approach

The goal of the communications and engagement strategy is to ensure that the community are informed, inspired and engaged in projects that create a vibrant, safe and successful city centre. This supports our overall communications mission of building trust and confidence in Tauranga City Council and its decision making processes, and informing, inspiring and engaging the community. We aim to create dialogue - a focused conversation. This will help us share our story, create emotional connections, and surprise and delight.

Civic Space Options Project

The Civic Space Options project was established to determine the best options for Council accommodation and assess how this project could be a catalyst for other opportunities in the city centre. It led to an Amendment to the Long Term Plan 2015-2025.

Civic Space Options project 
Civic Heart Project Overview


Last Reviewed: 11/04/2017