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The Greerton Maarawaewae study

Greerton racecourse

Securing a future for the racecourse and golf club reserve land in Greerton

Update May 2022

The Greerton Maarawaewae Study team  reported back to the Commissioners at a  Council meeting on 11 April. The report covered the findings from the two phases of community engagement and other assessments around what the best use of this land might be in 10-50 years. Please note – no recommendations or decisions were made at this April Council meeting. Council will be in touch soon about next steps forward. In the meantime, please have a read of the options study progress report and supporting documentation.

Background information about the study

Drone footage of the Greerton reserve land and surrounding area

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The study is in three phases (we've completed two phases)

  • Phase 1: we are listening to ideas from mana whenua, existing users, and the wider community, to help generate options to be considered during Phase 2

    Late October to Christmas 2021
  • Phase 2: we are seeking feedback from mana whenua, existing users, and the wider community to provide feedback on options that have been developed based on the ideas that have been shared

    Mid December 2021 to 6 March 2022
  • Update to the Commissioners - information on the project including the Phase 1 and Phase 2 engagement results and progress on the study options

    11 April 2022
  • Recommendations to the Commissioners – recommendations on next steps forward including the final phase of engagement (Phase 3)

    13 June 2022
  • Phase 3: we are consulting with mana whenua, exiting users, the wider community and those that provided feedback previously, to identify a preferred option based on previous feedback and the multi-criteria analysis assessment

    To be confirmed
  • Greerton Maarawaewae Study Commissioners Panel to hear community views and consider all the submissions received

    To be confirmed
  • Final report and recommendations will then go to the Commissioners for a decision on the future of this reserve land

    To be confirmed

Document library

Options study progress report – April 2022 

Final engagement report (1.9mb pdf)
Raw data online feedback – Phase 2 engagement (1.2mb pdf)
Summary of online feedback – Phase 2 engagement  (666kb pdf)
Summary of other feedback – Phase 2 engagement (949kb pdf)
Frequently Asked Questions – April 2022 (807kb pdf)
Raw data online feedback – Phase 1 engagement (1.2mb pdf)
Summary of in-person feedback Phase 1 engagement (644kb pdf)
Some drawings from last year's focus groups (3.11mb pdf)
Racing Tauranga Fact Sheet (406kb pdf)
History of the whenua/land (134kb pdf)


LTP 2021-2031 Submissions 

The following submitters made a submission on the future of the racecourse and golf course.

LTP 2021-2031 Submission No. 155 - see page 316
LTP 2021-2031 Submission No. 927 - see page 25
LTP 2021-2031 Submission No. 1398 see page 130
LTP 2021-2031 Submission No. 1430 - see page 355
LTP 2021-2031 Submission No. 1636 - see page 434

Further information

Enabling Growth across Tauranga
Connected Centres Programme
Te Papa Peninsula Project
Te Papa Peninsula – what you told us so far
Whakahou Taketake Vital Update Tauranga
Long-term Plan 2021-31
Community centres strategic plan
Connected network of cycleways
Building our future. Cameron Road, Te Papa
Kopurererua Valley Reserve

Here's what you told us so far

In 2019 and 2020 we asked the people of the Te Papa peninsula what they valued about their existing neighbourhoods and what they would like to see in the future.

The following is a summary of what the people of Greerton and Gate Pā told us.

Thoughts about Te Papa - Gate Pā

  • Central
  • Quiet and safe
  • Services at a walkable distance
  • On bus routes
  • Sense of communtiy - good neighbours
  • Parks need toilets and BBQs to be usable
  • Off-road linkages for cyclists and pedestrians
  • More public transport options
  • Traffic flows
  • More to do
  • More greenspace
  • Community centre
  • A safe community where everyone's needs are met
  • Vibrant neighbourhood with lots to do
  • Properly planned parks - safe, youth and child-friendly, toilets are important
  • Close to services
  • Good, safe, alternative transportation
  • Good parks and recreation spaces
  • Lots of trees and nature
  • Good living conditions and green space not sacrificed
  • No reactionary approach and "band-aid" fixes

Thoughts about Te Papa - Greerton

  • Central
  • Proximity to a variety of services
  • On bus routes
  • Family feel
  • Tight-knit community and good neighbours
  • Good parks nearby
  • Quiet
  • Upgrade existing facilities - Greerton Hall, pensioner housing, footpaths, quality of shops and cafes
  • More sports facilities to cater for population growth
  • Safer cycling routes, better access for walking
  • Ease congestion -'improvements' not working, better access to major transport routes
  • Less poverty/homelessness, more people owning their own home
  • Need good parks
  • Public and active transport modes
  • Better traffic flow
  • Safe and friendly
  • Some want Greerton to remain the same
  • Want to feel safe
  • Access to spaces such as Waimapu Estuary and Kopurererua Valley
  • Bustling centre with low cost activities

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We’re partnering with

Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities

This study has been supported by Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities as part of their broader partnership with Council to support quality urban development within our growing city for people and whānau to live, work, learn and play.

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