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Civic redevelopment projects

Civic redevelopment

Te Manawataki o Te Papa – the heartbeat of Te Papa

Exciting plans are underway to redevelop the civic precinct in the centre of our city. This is all part of our wider strategy to transform the city centre into a place that our community is proud of, and that people want to visit.

Following extensive community engagement earlier this year, the Commission recently approved plans to bring the full vision for our civic precinct, called Te Manawataki O Te Papa, to life in a single-stage, phased development.

The programme of work will see a $303.4 million investment in developing the city centre over the next eight years and includes facilities such as a civic whare (public meeting house), museum, library, an exhibition and events centre, as well as the associated landscaping. It will be subject to achieving 50% of the required funding from non-ratepayer sources.

Read the submissions we received as part of the community engagement

Now that all council services previously based at our Willow Street site have relocated, the demolition of our existing building has begun to make way for Te Manawataki O Te Papa.

Read more about the City Centre Action and Investment Plan that all of this work stems from.

He Puna Manawa

As part of our withdrawal from Willow Street, our customer service centre and central library have now relocated to He Puna Manawa, 21 Devonport Road, Tauranga.

Tauranga Library and our Customer Service Centre will continue to call He Puna Manawa home until its new space is built at the civic precinct in the city centre. 

To find out more about our library services, head to our Tauranga Libraries website


The name He Puna Manawa was gifted to council by mana whenua, Ngāi Tamarāwaho and Ngāti Tapu.

Translated literally, He Puna Manawa means ‘heart of the spring’. It can also be described as an oasis, being the collective pool created by many springs feeding in.  

It was felt the name captures the spirit of the exciting, vibrant and interactive hub that will soon occupy the site.

The name is also a nod to the area’s history. In the past, the area was fertile and productive, with freshwater springs located around the area close to where He Puna Manawa is located.

Today, we see the name of Spring St and a prominent sculpture by the late master carver Tuti Tukaokao depicting a calabash in the form of a fountain on the corner of Spring and Grey Streets, which all reference this heritage.

He Puna Manawa logo
Local artist and designer Quinton Bidois was engaged to design a logo that supports the name and concept of He Puna Manawa. Quinton has whakapapa to mana whenua, as well as being a Senior lecturer in Toi Māori at Toi Ohomai. 

The tohu (logo) utilises the calabash theme for correlation to the Spring Street sculpture. The three koru represent the three iwi of Tauranga Moana, and the notches represent people of the wider community. They all culminate in the joining and combining of people and resources into the centre of the vessel. The colours represent the merging of the moana and the whenua in Tauranga.

The words beside the logo translate to mean: ‘An oasis - a water spring, a spring of information, a spring of life.’


Council meetings

Our Council and Strategy, Finance and Risk Committee meetings are now being held at Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Chambers, Regional House, 1 Elizabeth Street, Tauranga. 

Other regular committee meetings will take place at our offices at 306 Cameron Road or at other locations in the community such as marae. All meetings will continue to be livestreamed on our website.

Confirmed meeting locations for upcoming Council meetings

These are temporary arrangements while the civic precinct is redeveloped.

Council’s leased administration building at 90 Devonport Road

In December 2021, we finalised lease arrangements with Willis Bond for a new Council administration building to be constructed at 90 Devonport Road.
Expected to be completed by late-2024, the 10,000 sq.m. building will house all of the council’s administration staff under one roof, for the first time since 2014, creating significant efficiency savings and making it easier for community members to access the services they need.

The new council headquarters will activate a different part of the city centre and add to the positive momentum generated by the planned civic precinct developments, which will get underway in late-2022.

Council and Willis Bond have reached an agreement which allows both parties to minimise the impact of escalating construction costs, while still delivering high-quality, sustainable outcomes.

We want to show leadership in our sector and make a real contribution to reducing carbon-induced climate change through this project. We have some defined sustainability targets for this building and we’re looking forward to finalising those in 2022.

Latest news


  • Refresh of civic precinct masterplan begun

    August 2021
  • Fitout of Goddards Centre begun

    October 2021
  • Council adopted refreshed civic precinct masterplan, initiating a Long-term Plan Amendment (LTPA) process

    December 2021
  • Customer service centre opens at He Puna Manawa, 21 Devonport Road

    24 January 2022
  • Ordinary Council meetings held at Bay of Plenty Regional Council

    From February 2022
  • Regular committee meetings held at 306 Cameron Road

    From February 2022
  • Details on costs, funding and the delivery of the refreshed masterplan to be presented to the Commission

    February 2022
  • Our Place site shuts down and is decommissioned

    March 2022
  • Central library opens at He Puna Manawa, between Devonport Road and Grey Street

    April 2022
  • Community consultation, as part of the LTPA process, takes place

    March-April 2022
  • Demolition of current council buildings on Willow Street site begins

    June 2022
  • Commissioners to decide how the delivery of the civic precinct redevelopment project will be phased and how it will be funded

    June 2022
  • Construction of 90 Devonport Road offices completed

    End of 2024

Blessing of He Puna Manawa on 4 April 2022.

Commission Chair Anne Tolley speaks at the blessing and official opening of the Customer Service Centre at He Puna Manawa.

Commission Chair Anne Tolley speaks about plans to temporarily move our customer service centre and central library to He Puna Manawa at a pre-construction blessing held at the site in October 2021.

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