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Consultation details

Have your say on the proposal to declare Wharf Street (between Willow Street and The Strand) a pedestrian mall

Event date: 22/05/2020 8:00 a.m. - 22/06/2020 5:00 p.m. Export event

We’re proposing to declare the section of Wharf Street between Willow Street and The Strand a pedestrian mall under section 336 of the Local Government Act 1974.

This will support in creating a safe and attractive, people-friendly space in the heart of the city centre for everyone to enjoy.

Wharf Street concept

We’re proposing to declare the section of Wharf Street between Willow Street and The Strand (Wharf Street east) a ‘Pedestrian Mall’ under section 336 of the Local Government Act 1974; and to prohibit at all times the driving, riding, or parking of any vehicle (excluding bicycles along the central lane and access to cycle parking facilities), or the riding of any animal, on all or any portion of Wharf Street east, except by any person approved by the Council as an “Authorised Person” and then only in accordance with any conditions of approval.

A central clearway will be controlled by use of electric bollards at either end of the street to restrict access to authorised vehicles only. Loading and delivery areas will be provided at either end of the street.

The reason for the proposal relates to the current upgrade of Wharf Street east. This upgrade aims to create a high amenity pedestrian environment and outdoor dining experience within this area. A vehicle free environment would eliminate noise and pollution from cars and service vehicles to provide a more inviting and enjoyable space for people to gather, relax and eat.  

The criteria to become an Authorised Person, in general terms will relate to those who have a special need to use Wharf Street east; such as:

  • Landlords or ground or first floor tenants who will need to gain vehicular access to the street for the purposes that include, but are not limited to, special deliveries, or necessary for certain building works and repairs;
  • Landlords or ground or first floor tenants of 105 The Strand, to maintain vehicular access to the private laneway (with entry and egress to Wharf Street from Willow Street end); and
  • Persons requiring vehicular access for the likes of a special event, public function or similar.

Emergency Services will be classed as Authorised Persons in accordance with this declaration and shall have access to Wharf Street east at all times.

Find out more about the project in the statement of proposal. 

Statement of Proposal (2mb pdf)

Have your say

Have your say on Wharf Street pedestrian mall

Submissions can be made using the online form above or posted to Council at the address below. Physical submission form copies can be requested and will be sent with a self-addressed envelope enclosed.  

Freepost Authority Number 370 
Wharf Street Pedestrian Mall
Tauranga City Council 
Private Bag 12022 
Tauranga 3143

If you have any questions or wish to request a submission form, please email us at info@tauranga.govt.nz or call us on 07 577 7000.

All submissions must be received by 5pm on Monday, 22 June 2020. 

Following consultation on the proposal and consideration of the submissions received, Council will decide whether to declare the section of Wharf Street east a Pedestrian Mall. If Council decide not to declare it a Pedestrian Mall this section of Wharf Street east will remain one-way. 

If Council decides to make the declaration, any person may (under section 336(3) of the Local Government Act 1974) appeal to the Environment Court against the declaration. Appeals to the Environment Court need to be made within one month after the making of the declaration, or within such further time as the Environment Court may allow. On appeal, the Environment Court may quash or affirm the declaration, or affirm the declaration with modification.


Find out more about the Wharf Street upgrade

Posted: May 19, 2020,

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