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The Greerton Maarawaewae study

Greerton racecourse

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

The meaning of Maarawaewae

Tauranga Moana hapū established vegetable gardens in Greerton that contributed to feeding their tupuna/ancestors during the Battles of Pukehinahina/Gate Pā and Te Ranga. They were also used to provide kai/food for the koroneihana - the annual celebration commemorating the Maōri King - in Ngāruawāhia. ‘Maara’ relates to the gardens that were established in and around Poike, Waimapu and Maungatapu and ‘waewae’ relates to the picking and digging of the food that grew here.

Source: Bonnie Whaeanui Pearson referencing her great-grandfather’s manuscript (Te Haari Piahana).

Background information about the study

Your ideas please...

What we want are your thoughts and ideas about what you think would be the best use of this land for 10, 20, 30 or 50 years into the future – and help us come up with some options that we can then get your feedback on.

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Tell us what you imagine

Please give us your ideas on what you think would be the best use of this land for 10, 20, 30 or 50 years into the future.


The study is in 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

    February to March 2022
  • Recommendations will then go to the Commissioners for consideration

    April 2022

Some things to consider before responding to the questions:

  • Nothing needs to happen straight away – try to think into the future when there are 15,000 more people living on the Te Papa peninsula
  • This reserve land is big enough for a wide range of uses – not just one or two
  • Have a think about how else the site might be made more available for the wider community.    

Tell us what you imagine

Here’s some ideas to get you started…

Sports fields and facilities

Sports fields and club rooms
Golf course

Golf course
Play and recreation spaces like playgrounds, pakour, fitness trails, frisbee golf

Housing (different types on some of the land)
Walking and cycleways

Walking and cycleways (connecting to and from other parts of the city)
Aquatic centre

Aquatic centre
Community facilities

Community facilities like meeting rooms, functions centre, outdoor events space etc
Transport hub

Transport hub - park and ride, express bus station, etc

Purpose-built equestrian facility

Purpose-built equestrian facility

A parkland and gardens, accessible to everyone to use and enjoy, e.g. botanic, community, historic gardens


or – you may just want the reserve land to stay as it is – please let us know.

Once we have received your ideas, the team will put these together to develop options for your consideration.

What sort of options are on the table?

Here are some examples of options that might emerge.  

In your feedback, you can tell us options that you might like to see the team develop….

  • Leaving the golf course as it is, improving the racecourse facilities and adding some housing (different types on some of the land)
  • Leaving the racecourse as it is but move the golf course to free up some more open spaces
  • Leaving the reserve land for golfing, horse racing and equestrian uses (status quo)
  • Creating a large destination park or community gardens and include a new facility for events and community activities
  • Using some of the reserve for a transport hub alongside new housing and community facilities
  • Relocating the racecourse and the golf course and using the land for a mix of different types of homes surrounded by parklands
  • Reducing the size of the golf course and building homes, community facilities and new green spaces on the land that is freed up
  • Having a mix of gardens, different types of housing, function centre and transport hub

These options are just for demonstration purposes – to help you provide us with your own thoughts about what might work best.

Tell us what you imagine

How can I have my say?

There are plenty of ways you can have your say – including

  • Emailgreertonmaarawaewae@tauranga.govt.nz
  • Website – answer the questions on our feedback form or just send us your ideas and thoughts.
  • Drop in – to one of our three community days:
    • EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED BY THE ORGANISER - Saturday 6 November from 10am at the Multicultural Tauranga Ethkick Event, Morland Fox Park, 1 Devon Street, Greerton
    • Sunday 14 November from 12pm-3pm at the Greerton Community Hall, 1263 Cameron Road
    • Thursday 18 November 4-7pm at Le Chat Noir Café, 144 Chadwick Road, Greerton.
  • Meetings – if you are a member of a community organisation, you can invite one of the team to attend one of your meetings.
  • Post your ideas to:
    Tauranga City Council
    The Greerton Maarawaewae Study 
    Private Bag 12022
    Tauranga 3143

Attending one of the community days in Greerton 

Tauranga is currently at Alert Level 2. Please follow the guidelines set by the Government:

  • We strongly encourage you to wear a face covering
  • Stay home if you are unwell or if you have been asked to isolate
  • Scan in using the NZ COVID Tracer App
  • Please maintain a 1-metre distance
  • Hand sanitisers will be provided.

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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Tell us what you imagine

Please give us your ideas on what you think would be the best use of this land for 10, 20, 30 or 50 years into the future.

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