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Kulim Park upgrade

Kulim Park is a beautiful north facing park at the edge of the harbour. It is treasured by the local community. We are planning a number of changes to make the park even better, including a new playground, parking layout and shared path.

Functioning as a neighbourhood reserve the park hosts: a playground, public toilets, an undersized basketball half court, a petanque court, an active ageing gym, a number of large pohutukawa trees and access to the harbour edge shared pathway. It is adjacent to a sandy beach area with a concrete groyne and a small boat ramp.

The park has wonderful views across the harbour to Rangiwaea and Matakana Island and of Mauao. It is relatively flat except for an artificial mound adjoining the existing play area.

There is a scattering of native and exotic trees throughout the site and in particular along the harbour edge.

A new playground for Kulim Park – have your say

We are currently inviting residents to have their say on a new playground at Kulim Park. Feedback will help ensure the resulting playground design is in line with residents’ needs and expectations

Survey closed: 5pm Friday, 2 October 2020

  • Following community consultation in September, a playground concept design will be developed and shared at a community event later this year. Details of this event will be shared closer to the time. 
  • The project team are also finalising the design for the park upgrade including the new shared pathway which will be available in late 2020.
  •  Construction of the playground and the park upgrade is due to start in early 2021.

Project scope

  • Reinstate coastal edge and beaches
  • Resolve/improve drainage issues
  • Connect shared paths
  • Manage vehicle access
  • Connect to the harbour
  • Protect vegetation
  • Create safe places to play
  • Connect people to the history of the area
  • Reflect cultural values of Mana Whenua
  • Earlier engagement with residents told us that a key concern was safety, particularly that cars were able to drive over the grass where children play.
  • After undertaking vehicle counting in January 2020, Council made a decision to trial a new parking layout where vehicles will be restricted from the large grassed area by the railway.
  • The parking layout is intended to achieve two of the issues this project sought to address:
    • unrestricted vehicle access is causing many of the drainage issues and;
    • safety concerns that cars were able to drive over the grass where children played.
  •  If the trial it is found to be successful , it will be retained until the more comprehensive upgrade is underway.
  • The new trial layout was implemented in June 2020
  •  A CCTV camera is now in place to monitor car parking numbers to help us understand if further changes to the parking layout are required.
  • The CCTV camera will remain in the park once construction has finished.

Trail car park layout

You can email any feedback you have on the trial layout to clinton.bowyer@tauranga.govt.nz

There have been a number of engagement phases undertaken to inform a concept design for the Kulim Park Upgrade.

At the initiation of the project in late 2017 council engaged with Ngāi Tamarāwaho, Ngāi Tukairangi, Ngāti Tapu and Ngāi Tauwhao, mana whenua for the Kulim Park site. The area around Kulim Park, including the Otūmoetai Pā was one of the main pre-contact population centres in Tauranga. The confiscation of the land following the great battles of Pukehinahina and Te Ranga in 1864 impacted the relationship between Mana Whenua and Otūmoetai. There is a rich opportunity to reflect the history and cultural values of the park through functional, interpretive and design elements as part of the redevelopment.
Prior to the development of a concept design, council held a ‘Picnic in the Park’ engagement event in December 2017  with interactive displays and submission forms for the community to provide feedback.

From the first round of engagement, key moves were identified, and a concept design was developed to engage with the community at a second open day at the park in April 2018.

From the second round of engagement it was noted that further design refinement was required and the final concept design would be made publicly available prior to tender. The concept design was further refined in May 2018, although this refinement was not made publicly available before the project was tendered in August 2018.

The tender price received exceeded the available budget and negotiations were undertaken which lead to a reduced scope of various elements of the design. 

In early 2019 a review of the process was undertaken. In June 2019 Council decided to increase the budget for the project and undertake a third round of consultation. 

Further changes to the design were made and shared with the community during the third round of engagement held in October 2019. At this time, an alternative option was presented by a small group of interested local residents. Two independent reviews of the design were undertaken. 

At two council meetings in December 2019 and February 2020 council decided that the final design of the park upgrade would keep the road in its current location and potentially shorten it. An upgrade to the playground was added to the scope of the project. A shared pathway along the coastal edge also remains a feature of the design.

The project team are finalising the design for the park upgrade which will be available in late 2020. After being consulted on with the community, a new playground will be incorporated into the overall park design. 

Reports to Council


PSOC 18 Feb 2020 agenda


PSOC 3 December 2019 agenda
PSOC 18 June 2019 agenda

Previous consultation - What you told us

From 14 – 30 October we invited you to have your say on the latest version of the Kulim Park upgrade design concept. Thank you to all of those who took the time to provide feedback.

We have received and analysed feedback from 465 submitters, which is available in the  summary of feedback report. 

Summary of feedback report (773kb pdf)

Overall, 63.5% of submitters support the proposed design subject to a few changes.

Requested changes include:

  • More car parking
  • Better drainage
  • Significant playground upgrade
  • Providing a location for a coffee cart or food truck
  • Accessible design
  • Managing the speed of people on bikes
  • Prioritising the headland for kite surfing and other water sports
  • More BBQs, picnic tables and seating

Public Open Day#3 information (6mb pdf)

In December 2017 we had a picnic in the park. You told us about your vision for Kulim Park. You told us what you value and how you like to use the park.

Public Open Day#1 information (3.25mb pdf)|
Summary of feedback (877kb pdf)

Last Reviewed: 02/10/2020


  • 2007
    Project identified in Harbour Reserves Management Plan
  • Mid 2017
    Project initiation
  • Dec 2017
    First phase consultation - Picnic in the park (see Public Open Day 1 information below)
  • April 2018
    Second phase consultation (see Public Open Day 2 information below)
  • Mid 2018
    Design refinement
  • Aug 2018
    Second phase consultation (see Public Open Day 2 information below)
  • Dec 2018
    Contract awarded for reduced scope
  • Feb 2019
    Project on hold as part of Council’s review of projects 
  • April 2019
    PSOC approve additional $1m through the 2019/20 Annual Plan & give direction for third round of engagement
  • Oct 2019
    Third phase consultation - (see Public Open Day 3 information below)
  • Dec 2019
    Council adopts ‘do minimum’ approach. Playground upgrade added to the scope of the project
  • Jan 2020
    Vehicle counts undertaken
  • Feb 2020
    PSOC approve $1.5m budget, trial layout and final design scope
  • June – Aug 2020
    Trial parking plan implemented and monitoring of car parking numbers via CCTV begins
  • Sep 2020
    Playground consultation
  • Late 2020
    Park concept design finalised and shared with the community (excluding playground design)
    Playground concept design shared at community event
    Playground design finalised
  • Early 2021
    Construction of park upgrade
  • July 2021
    Construction ends and park open

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