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Getting the heart of our city pumping

Hei whakatangi i te manawataki

Getting the heart of our city pumping

We are creating a vibrant, well-planned city centre for Tauranga, with people at its heart: Te Rapunga Ora ki Te Papa, a great place to live, work, learn and play.

Tauranga’s city centre is the cultural and economic hub of the region. A growing number of people will be living in and around our city centre so we want to create a destination that our community has told us they want – one that’s vibrant, well-planned and safe, a city centre that is accessible and diverse, enhances our natural environment, and has more activities for everyone to enjoy. Together with our city partners, we’re on our way to making this a reality, with significant investment and projects already committed over the next 10 years.

Transforming our city centre

Our City Centre Action and Investment Plan is the vision for this transformation. It outlines an overarching plan for the city centre, the investment required, and the programmes of work required to bring it to life.

City Centre Action and Investment Plan Video

Bringing the vision to life

Work is underway to bring this vision to life, with our waterfront set to be transformed into a place that celebrates our culture and heritage, connects people to the moana, and provides activities for people of all ages, stages and abilities to enjoy. 

Our new civic precinct – Te Manawataki o Te Papa – will also breathe life into our city with new spaces for our community, including a community hub and library, civic whare (public meeting house), museum, and exhibition gallery.

Other key projects in the pipeline across the public and private sector include the growing University of Waikato city campus, the proposed new District Court and more than $1.5b of investment in the city centre as identified in Priority One’s CBD Blueprint.

Key projects



  • Updated designs for civic precinct submitted to Council

    December 2022
  • Central city bus interchange

    End 2022 - December 2023
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  • 90 Devonport Road civic administration building development

    Early 2023 – end of 2024
    Check out the project
  • Tauranga Moana Waterfront Plan projects completed

    2023 - 2025
    Check out the project
  • Construction of Te Manawataki o Te Papa civic precinct buildings

    2024 - 2027
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Our city centre transformation journey so far

Here’s a snapshot of activity that’s taken place as we work to transform the heart of Tauranga’s city centre.

Willow Street building demolition complete

Goddards Centre blessing

Customer Service Centre re-opens

Blessing of He Puna Manawa on 4 April

City Centre projects

We have a number of exciting projects and plans happening right across our city centre that, together, are helping to transform it into a place that we can all be proud of.

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