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Take me to the future: Ōtūmoetai 2050

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Tauranga is growing quickly and the suburbs of Ōtūmoetai, Matua, Brookfield, Bellevue and Judea will see big changes over the next 30 years. Right now, we’re asking for your feedback to help us create a plan for the future of this special part of the city.

Our city is projected to grow by around 78,500 residents by 2063 and will need approximately 34,400 new homes to be built.

Growth will occur across our city, but particularly in the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula because its central location, proximity to the water, green spaces, and other commercial/retail centres makes it a great place to live. 

Central Government has given us the job of enabling growth across Tauranga. This will include enabling more housing to be built at greater densities (number of homes per hectare) and heights within our existing urban areas such as the city centre, Te Papa Peninsula and the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula.  

We’re looking ahead to make sure we have enough homes, suitable ways to get around and community spaces to support the wellbeing of everyone who lives here.   

Select the link below to see the area being considered for this plan.

Ōtūmoetai Peninsula map (569kb pdf)

Tell us what you want the future to look like

Feedback on our online interactive maps is now closed.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback about what you’d like to see in future in this part of the city.

In June we’ll share with you a draft plan for the area, which will cover land use, movement, safety, amenities, retail centres as well as some key projects for each of the neighbourhoods. You’ll then have another opportunity to share your feedback.



Survey has closed

The survey closed at 5pm on 30 April 2022


  • Have your say: tell us what you value and wish to see in the future for Ōtūmoetai

    21 March - end April 2022
  • Workshop with stakeholders and technical experts

    May 2022
  • Draft plan shared with stakeholders, mana whenua and the community for feedback

    Mid 2022
  • Ōtūmoetai Spatial Plan finalised and activated through future specific projects

    May/June 2022

Through previous surveys such as the Whakahou Taketake Vital Update,  you’ve already told us what you love about living in the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula. Now we need to understand what you would like to see here in the future.

Up until the end of April 2022, tell us what you like or don’t like about your neighbourhood by sharing your feedback on our interactive maps. Or, chat about your ideas with Frankly, our bilingual chatbot, in English or Te Reo Māori.

The five maps look at:

  • future commercial/retail centres
  • public transport
  • walkways and cycleways
  • community amenities and facilities
  • feeling safe in the community.

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Tell us about public transport and safety

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Tell us about walkways and cycleways

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Tell us about retail centres

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Tell us about community amenities and facilities

To take part, drop a pin anywhere on a location on any of our online interactive maps with your comments, ideas or suggestions. You can also see what other people are saying and add your own thoughts. 

We’ll take the feedback you give us to develop a 30-year plan for the future – known as a ‘spatial plan’ – to support growth in the Ōtūmoetai area.

Watch our webinar 

Keep informed about this project

You can also email any feedback to us at otumoetai2050@tauranga.govt.nz.


  • Ōtūmoetai is centrally located and has much of the core infrastructure to support growth, including schools, good quality parks, and transport.
  • Given its great location and access to the city centre and other retail/commercial centres, the area is a highly desirable place to live.
  • The Government has also told us we must provide more housing choice to meet the diverse needs of our community, and build more housing across the city, including in places such as Ōtūmoetai, Matua, Brookfield, Bellevue and Judea. To meet our housing needs, we need to maximise space by building up, not just out.
  • The plan change to enable housing supply is a related, but separate project to Ōtūmoetai 2050. Both Council and the community have limited scope on what they can influence as the legislation dictates what many of the rules must look like, especially for buildings of three storeys or less. Read more about the enabling housing supply plan change.
  • However, Council and the community do have the ability to influence the level of intensification around centres such as Brookfield, Cherrywood and Bureta. We will talk to the community about this in the coming months. Government has instructed Council to enable intensification (building up and at higher densities) across our city, so prohibiting or preventing such development is not an option.
  • The future starts now – but it’s going to take time! The plan will look to capture the 30-year vision and wishes of the community for the area.
  • We want to enable future development in a way that meets the city’s requirements, but how quickly it occurs is up to landowners and is also subject to a number of other factors such as market demand.
  • This project will give you an opportunity to have your say on what services and amenities are needed to support future growth in the Ōtūmoetai area.
  • It will also give you an opportunity to help design your neighbourhood by telling us how you wish to live and move around.
  • We will come up with a plan with input from the community, mana whenua and key stakeholders to help direct the future for Ōtūmoetai.
  • As part of the project we will be working with our regional and central Government partners, local residential and business communities, and mana whenua to ensure we get it right for Ōtūmoetai and the surrounding suburbs of Matua, Brookfield, Bellevue and Judea.
  • Central to the success of Ōtūmoetai planning will be hearing what people who live in the community value and wish to see in the future – if you would like to input into what the future plan looks like, get involved.
  • Ensuring that the people who call Ōtūmoetai, Matua, Brookfield, Bellevue and Judea home are heard through this process is vital to arriving at a plan for future growth that is right for this location.
  • There will be several opportunities for you to have your say about what you wish to see for the future of Ōtūmoetai and we are kicking this off shortly with an interactive survey.
  • We are also looking to get out in our community to talk about what you want to see in Ōtūmoetai in the future.
  • The Te Papa peninsula, Ōtūmoetai and Mount Maunganui areas have been identified by council and the SmartGrowth partnership as the priority areas to support future growth of the city and wider Western Bay. This growth requires long-term planning to identify potential areas that can be used for housing, recreation, sport, infrastructure, green spaces and community facilities and amenities.
  • Find more information relating to SmartGrowth and its role in shaping how Tauranga and the western Bay of Plenty develops.

How can I have my say?

  • Online - share your thoughts on our interactive maps
  • Email otumoetai2050@tauranga.govt.nz
  • Phone -  07 577 000 to speak with a member of the project team
  • Webinars and in-person community sessions – join us for one of our webinars or in-person community sessions
  • Post your ideas to:

Take me to the future: Ōtūmoetai 2050
c/o Tauranga City Council
Private Bag 12022
Tauranga 3143

What we already know about this community

The following information was sourced from council’s Whakahou Taketake Vital Update survey. This survey took place in 2020.

Brookfield and Judea

  • Handy to malls/cafés/shops/amenities/schools/work
  • Safe/peaceful
  • Close to parks/cycleways/walkways/reserves
  • It is close to the city centre
  • Friendly neighbourhood/community feel
  • It is close to motorways/public transport
  • Better road infrastructure/less congestion
  • Reduce antisocial behaviour/social issues/crimes/racism
  • More cafés/supermarkets/community hubs/services
  • Better road infrastructure/less congestion
  • Segregated cycle lanes/improved cycleways
  • More community facilities/community events for families
  • Sense of community/more inclusive/kindness
  • Better public transport options/light rail
  • Better street appeal/more trees
  • Affordable housing/housing availability/better developments

Bellevue, Ōtūmoetai and Matua

  • Handy to malls/cafés/shops/amenities/schools/work
  • Safe/peaceful
  • Friendly neighbourhood/community feel
  • Close to parks/cycleways/walkways/reserves
  • It is close to the city centre
  • It is close to the beach
  • It is beautiful/an attractive place to live/clean/the view
  • More cafés/supermarkets/community hubs/services
  • Better road infrastructure/less congestion
  • Segregated cycle lanes/improved cycleways
  • Better public transport options/light rail
  • More community facilities/community events for families
  • Better street appeal/more trees


We will be hosting two webinars where you can learn more about the project, how to use the interactive maps as well as ask any questions. Anyone with access to Chrome or Microsoft Edge will be able to join.

All webinars will have the same format, so you can choose the session that suits you best. 

  • Thursday 31 March, 7pm - 8pm
  • Wednesday 13 April, 7pm - 8pm

Join the Thursday 31 March call

Join the Wednesday 13 April call

Watch our webinar

In-person community sessions

Our project team will be available to answer any questions you might have about Take me to the future: Ōtumoetai 2050.

Due to the change in COVID-19 guidelines for events, we no longer require you to pre-register.

  • Wednesday 30 March, 5pm-7pm, Matua Bowling Club, 108 Levers, Road, Matua
  • Tuesday 12 April, 4pm-7pm, St Stephens Methodist Church, 9 Brookfield Terrace, Brookfield

The first session on 30 March is a presentation from the Commissioners on the Long-term Plan Amendment.


Survey has closed

The survey closed at 5pm on 30 April 2022

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