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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. Read more about the refresh of our city centre strategy that’s currently underway.

In December 2021, the Commissioners formally adopted the refreshed masterplan for the civic precinct and announced the name of the future space: Te Manawataki o Te Papa.

Further details on costs, funding and the delivery of the refreshed masterplan will be presented to the Commission for feedback in February.

To make way for the new civic precinct, a staged withdrawal from our current Willow Street site is required. Once complete, demolition of our current buildings will begin. 

He Puna Manawa

While our civic precinct is redeveloped and our leased administration building at 90 Devonport Road is built, our Customer Service Centre and Central Library will be temporarily based at He Puna Manawa (formerly known as the Goddards Centre), between Devonport Road and Grey Street.

The Customer Service Centre is now open at He Puna Manawa, while the Central Library will open there at the beginning of April.

The physical address for our Customer Service Centre is 21 Devonport Road, Tauranga, 3110.


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

From February 2022, our Ordinary Council meetings on Mondays will be held at Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Chambers, based at 1 Elizabeth Street, Tauranga. 

Other regular committee meetings will take place at our offices at 306 Cameron Road. All Council meetings will continue to be livestreamed and accessible on the our website 

Central city bus interchange

The central city bus interchange will also temporarily relocate to Durham Street, between Wharf and Spring Streets.

More information about the bus interchange moving

These are all significant steps towards transforming Tauranga’s city centre into the civic, commercial, and cultural capital of our region.

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

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  • 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

    April 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

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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