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The Greerton Maarawaewae study

Greerton racecourse

Have your say on the future of the Tauranga Racecourse Reserve

Tauranga residents have another opportunity to share their thoughts on the future use of the 85ha Tauranga Racecourse Reserve after housing options were taken off the table by Tauranga City Council Commissioners earlier this year.

The Greerton Maarawaewae Study was launched in October 2021 to identify opportunities to support wellbeing as the city continues to grow. Feedback from the community resulted in seven draft options, two of which included building new homes on the site.

With limited support for housing and a strong message from the community to keep our green spaces green, the Commission voted in June to shortlist three options, none of which include housing. One of the options includes a new public hospital on the site.

Residents can make a submission on the options from Wednesday 27 July until 5pm, Monday 29 August 2022. In November, submissions will be heard by the Commissioners at a series of hearings with a decision on the future use of the reserve land earmarked for December.

The three options

As part of the Greerton Maarawaewae Study, the three options for consultation are:

Option A: Health and Recreation – a mixture of public hospital, parkland, sports fields, golf, and connections to Kopurererua Valley. 

Option A includes a fallback provision that says: if the public hospital does not proceed on this site, then Option B: Centra Park will proceed.

To support wellbeing and liveability of the community, Option A is Tauranga City Council’s preferred option for the future use of this site.

  • The golf course stays and the racecourse and equestrian facilities are relocated
  • This option provides future opportunity to consider the use of the current hospital campus site for housing.

Option A

Greerton Option A - Health and Recreation (3mb pdf)

Option B: Central Park – a large green parkland, sports fields, community spaces, golf and connections to Kopurererua Valley

  • The golf course stays, and the racecourse and equestrian facilities are relocated

Option B

Greerton Option B: Central Park (3mb pdf)

Option C: Enhanced status quo – racecourse, golf, equestrian, sports fields and connections to Kopurererua Valley

  • The racecourse, golf course and equestrian facilities stay 
  • Potential reduction in equestrian space to allow for active sports uses.

Option C

Greerton Option C: Enhanced status quo (3mb pdf)

Supporting documents for the consultation

Consultation document (13mb pdf)   Statement of proposal (10mb pdf) 

How to make a submission on the three options  

  • Fill out an online submission form
  • Download pdf submission form (100kb pdf)
  • Email us: greertonmaarawaewae@tauranga.govt.nz
  • Drop in to one of our community open days: 
    • Saturday 30 July, 12noon-2pm, Tauranga Crossing shopping centre – Centre Court area (bottom of the escalators near the food court area), 2 Taurikura Drive, Tauriko
    • Saturday 6 August, 9am-close, Little Big Markets – Coronation Park, Mount Maunganui 
    • Thursday 11 August, 4pm-6pm, Tauranga Racecourse – Sir Tristram Lounge, Ground Floor, 1383 Cameron Road, Greerton.
  • Pick up a consultation document or submission form: at any Council library or customer service centre  
  • Freepost your submission to: Freepost Authority Number 370, Tauranga City Council, The Greerton Maarawaewae Study, Private Bag 12022, Tauranga 3143. 

Consultation closes 5pm, Monday 29 August 2022.

Background information about the study

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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

    27 July to 5pm 29 August 2022
  • Greerton Maarawaewae Study Commissioners Panel to hear community views and consider all the submissions received

    November 2022
  • Final report and recommendations will then go to the Commissioners for a decision on the future of this reserve land

    December 2022

Drone footage of the Greerton reserve land and surrounding area

Engagement with Tauranga's ethnic and multicultural leaders

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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Consultation closes 5pm, Monday 29 August 2022.

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You will receive updates on the engagement and how to have your say 

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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