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Building our future. Cameron Road, Te Papa

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Tauranga is growing fast. Over the next 30 years, 15,000 more people will be living on the Te Papa peninsula. That means we need to start work now to transform the area into a place where more people can live, work, study and provide more ways to move around.

Cameron Road is one of our city’s main arteries, connecting people in Tauranga’s southern suburbs to the city centre.

It is an important through route and a destination for many with schools, businesses and the hospital being located along it. As our city continues to grow, this key route will become even more important. This is why we need to make changes now. 

We’re working with our regional and central Government partners, local residential and business communities and tangata whenua to ensure we get it right. The future starts now, but it’s going to take time!

What’s being proposed?

Thanks to funding from central government we are transforming Cameron Road to

  • Make Cameron Road safer
  • Provide more ways to travel
  • Make Cameron Road more attractive

Changes will include new part-time bus lanes, a new two-way cycleway, and improvements to make the area more walkable, attractive and community friendly. This includes 30,000 new plantings that reflect the history of the area, attract bird life and create spaces for the community to spend time in. Businesses will have the opportunity to interact with the street and create outdoor dining areas for example. Existing traffic lanes will be retained. Other proposed changes include road layout changes to some of the side-road intersections connecting with Cameron Road, more pedestrian crossings and upgrades to stormwater and wastewater.

Detailed design plan (16.7mb pdf)

If you are interested to find out more information please contact us on cameron@tauranga.govt.nz

Creating connected communities

We have been working with the community to develop a 30-year plan for Te Papa peninsula that will provide greater housing choices, safe and efficient transport options, local amenities and the infrastructure needed to support healthy and connected communities now and in the future.

The transforming of Cameron Road is the first project on the path to bringing this plan to life. It aligns with our city’s wider strategies, including the Urban Form Transport Initiative and Western Bay of Plenty Transport System Plan that have been endorsed by Council.

Te Papa community requests.

Project delivery

This project has been broken into three stages:

Stage one - is from Harington Street to the hospital, the planning and construction for this has been funded by Central Government.

Stage two - is from the hospital to Barkes Corner, and the funding for developing a business case and design was included in the grant from Central Government. We’ll be asking for your input in 2022.

Stage three - a long-term goal (pending funding) will create a connection from Barkes Corner to Tauranga Crossing in Tauriko. There are no set dates for this stage.

Related projects

Building our future – Cameron Road, Te Papa is part of Council's wider strategic objectives to support the city's rapid growth.

The Te Papa Spatial Plan sets the strategic direction for growth in the area from Greerton to the city centre over the next 30 years. It addresses our key challenges of population growth and housing choice, infrastructure pressure, transport options, cultural wellbeing and the local amenities needed to support our communities. It outlines the overall approach, priority areas of focus, anticipated benefits and required actions.

Between 2020 and 2024, one of the key priorities will be the planning for and delivery of key transport infrastructure to link with the wider city through stage one and two of the Cameron Road Multimodal Project and city centre interventions.

Learn more about the spatial plan

We are working with SmartGrowth, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Western Bay District Council and Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency to develop a 30-year plan for the city’s transport network called the Tauranga Transport System Plan. This aims to make it easier to move around our city with a strong focus on giving people better transport options.

Right now, the rules in place for residential land make it hard for people to build more compact types of homes like duplexes and apartments. This means we're not using land as effectively as possible to accommodate our growth, and our community currently has a limited choice to build types of homes that may better suit their needs.

We are proposing changes to the Tauranga City Plan to allow people to build different types of dwellings more easily, that create both great spaces to live in and great neighbourhoods.

Learn more about the proposed changes

We are also working closely with the team implementing the Tauranga Cycle Plan. They are working towards building a connected network of cycleways throughout the city that cater to all ages and abilities. This will provide additional and safer options for people to get to around the city, whether it’s to get to work, school, exercise or take a ride with friends and family.

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  • Engagement with businesses and residents along Cameron Road about transport choices

    December 2018
  • Community Liaison Group established to represent businesses and residents along Cameron Road

    December 2019
  • Engagement with local hapu– Ngai Tamarawaho and Ngati Tapu

    February 2020
  • Collaboration with Community Liaison Group and other key stakeholders on design options

    April 2020
  • Tauranga City Council secures a $45m grant from Central Government

    August 2020
  • Public engagement on design of stage one.

    March 2021
  • Early works commence to locate utility services underground and prepare the road for construction activities later in the year.

    End April 2021
  • Detailed design complete

    August 2021
  • Main construction works for Stage One (Harington Street to 17th Ave) start

    September 2021
  • Completion of Stage One (subject to finalisation of design)

    October 2023


Document library

Ahi Kaa – Part 1 (Inamata, Onamata and Anamata) (24mb pdf)
Ahi Kaa – Part 2 (Te Ahi) (16mb pdf)
Open Day posters (6.28mb pdf)
Detailed design plan (16.7mb pdf)
Summary of Engagement (1mb pdf)
Cameron Road Engagement Report (4.9mb pdf)

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Local Iwi/Hapū

We began our conversation with the Tangata Whenua Collective in February 2018, talking with them about our study to improve provisions for public transport, walking and cycling through the Cameron Road corridor. In early 2020 the project team began to engage with local hapū Ngai Tamarawaho and Ngati Tapu. We are looking to them for further collaboration and guidance on this project from a placemaking perspective and for how cultural aspects can be brought into the design process.

Community Liaison Group

The Community Liaison Group is made up of a group of representatives from the business community, residents, landowners and schools that are in the area of Stage one of this project. The importance of the Community Liaison Group (CLG) is to help make sure that this community is kept up-to-date and well informed about stage one of the project. This group of 30 is helping the project design team through concept design into detailed design working through localised concerns, and developing ideas and solutions.

Other stakeholders

Council is working closely with representatives from the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, University of Waikato, Emergency services (St John’s Ambulance, NZ Fire Service and Emergency, NZ Police), Disability Advisory Group, Age Friendly, Youth Advisory Group, Bay of Plenty District Health Board, Automobile Association, Road Transport Association, National Road Carriers, Bike Tauranga, NZ Bus, an active bus user, Priority One, Environment and Sustainability Forum, Smartgrowth, Living Streets Aotearoa, Ministry of Education and Tauranga City Councillors.

The Councillors for the Te Papa/Welcome Bay Ward and the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Urban Form and Transport Committee are stakeholders in this group.

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