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In Tauranga, 28 per cent 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.

Tauranga accessibility awards 2019

Nominate now (258kb pdf)

The accessibility awards seek to recognise developers, architects, builders, business owners/operators and event organisers 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, the operation of their business or the facilitation of a community event.

Universal design recognises human diversity and various life scenarios such as pregnancy, childhood, injury, disability and ageing in all design.

  • An accessible and inclusive community is all about creating opportunity.
  • It enables people to live their lives according to their individual interests, needs and aspirations, no matter who they are or what there circumstances are.
  • It allows everyone to move around the city and to feel included and valued as a member of the community.
  • It creates equal opportunities for everyone to participate in sports, education, arts & culture and leisure activities.
  • Our community is stronger when everyone can fully participate in all aspects of society.

Tauranga accessibility awards 2019 flyer (35kb pdf)

Award categories

There are four award categories. Please choose the most appropriate category for your nominee and then complete that section only.

Category 1: New build (commercial) – a commercial building designed to be inclusive and accessible. 

Category 2: New build (residential) – a residential property designed to be inclusive and accessible.  

Category 3: Business practices – businesses/organisations who apply inclusive and accessible thinking in the use of their premises and/or interaction with customers.

Category 4: Inclusive events – a community event that is inclusive and accessible.

How to make a nomination

Complete the nomination form (258kb pdf) and return it by midnight on 30 October 2019, by:

  • emailing to kieran.wall@tauranga.govt.nz
  • dropping off at Tauranga City Council Customer Service Centre (Attn. Kieran Wall) 91 Willow Street, Tauranga
  • posting to Tauranga City Council (Attn. Kieran Wall) Private Bag 12022, Tauranga 3143

Nominate now (258kb pdf)

For more information about making a nomination or completing the application form please contact kieran.wall@tauranga.govt.nz or 07 577 7000.

Accessible picnic tables

We’ve installed our very first accessible picnic table at Papamoa Domain. The new design enables a wheelchair user to sit in the middle of the table, not just the end. We’re planning to install others at popular locations across the city, so keep an eye out on this page to see when new locations are added.


  • Papamoa Domain, in front of BlueBiYou restaurant, with a view of the beach. Accessible parking and toilets close by.

Accessible picnic table

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.

Beach mat locations

The beach access mat is has been lifted for winter. Keep an eye out on this page to see when it will be back in action for summer 2019/20.

Beach access mat

An accessible beach buggy and beach chair are 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

Mobility parking

Information on mobility parking

Last Reviewed: 27/08/2019


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