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Project overview

Tauriko for Tomorrow update: transportation planning

There have been delays to the Tauriko for Tomorrow work. In 2018 the Tauriko Network Plan (the transport component of Tauriko for Tomorrow, led by the NZ Transport Agency) was one of 16 projects re-evaluated to align with the Government’s vision for the transport network. The review concluded that supporting growth within Tauranga’s Western Corridor and addressing safety are higher priorities than improving freight access.

As a result the NZ Transport Agency will be revisiting the business case for the Tauriko transport network, identifying future initiatives for a safe multi-modal transport system which increases the attractiveness of public transport and walking, cycling and other active modes, connecting residential housing to wider Tauranga. This work is expected to begin in 2020.

Tauranga City Council continues to work on the structure planning of the area and is investigating a package of short-term improvements to enable housing development to commence in Tauriko West, and industrial development to continue in the Tauriko Business Estate. The NZ Transport Agency will continue to focus on improving safety on SH29 between Belk Road and Cambridge Road.

The vision for Tauriko West is to create a thriving community for locals to live, work, learn and play. 

This means the community will have amenities such as schools, parks, cycle and walkways, access to shopping and community facilities, and transport infrastructure.

Tauriko is also the gateway for visitors from the Waikato using State Highway 29 (SH29) over the Kaimai Range. The state highway is a key freight route that connects our region with Hamilton, Auckland and the north. SH29 supports the economic success of the western Bay, so it is vital that growth and liveability, and traffic safety and efficiency go hand in hand.

Tauriko Tomorrow Aerial

While we are future-proofing our region, we are also drawing on our past. Tauriko is an area steeped in history, and for over 800 years the Wairoa River has been a source of food, water, and enterprise. Working together with iwi and the community, to embrace the area’s history and build and protect the environment is essential in creating the Tauriko for Tomorrow.

Project objectives

The Tauriko for Tomorrow project aims to deliver:

  • Reserves, schools and community facilities to support a live, learn, work, play community
  • Connected communities supported by public transport, cycle and walkways, and local road networks
  • Vibrant communities, connected to strong employment and shopping centres
  • Safe communities for everyone to enjoy and resilience to natural hazards such as flooding
  • An efficient and safer state highway, supporting a key freight route for our region
  • Connection to the environment and tangata whenua, embracing Tauriko’s history and protecting the Wairoa River Valley
  • New housing with a variety of housing types and choices.

The long-term goal is to have a successful region that is equipped to grasp every opportunity and is a place where people love to live.

Work underway now

The project is in the early phases. Building a community at Tauriko West will require changes to the Regional Policy Statement, highway designation and City Plan as part of the Resource Management process, along with a boundary alteration between Tauranga City and the Western Bay of Plenty District.

For the NZ Transport Agency, the next stage of the process is to consider options to implement changes to the transport system, including SH29. This involves working through a suite of walking, cycling, public transport, and local road and state highway opportunities, in addition to implementing short-term safety improvements on SH29 and SH29A. 

Next step in boundary alteration between Western Bay and Tauranga underway - March 2019
Proposal to alter boundary between Western Bay District and Tauranga City finalised – November 2018
Change to urban limits approved – October 2018
Tauriko for Tomorrow project update - August 2018 (620kb pdf)
Proposed Change 4 (Tauriko West urban limit) open for submissions – May 2018
Tauriko for Tomorrow project update - October 2017 (1.66mb pdf)
Tauriko for Tomorrow project update - August 2017 (1.5mb pdf)
Tauriko for Tomorrow project update - May 2017 (2.4mb pdf) 

Last Reviewed: 16/04/2020


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