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Project overview

Located in Papamoa East, Te Tumu is bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the north, and the Kaituna River and farm lands to the south.

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It’s a place of great historic and cultural wealth, both for tangata whenua and European settlers, who have lived and worked on the land since the 1800s.

Councils and landowners have throughout the years considered options for urban development at Te Tumu, as signalled in various planning documents and past developer proposals. Now, Te Tumu is planned to help support the region’s future growth, as part of the SmartGrowth strategy.

The vision is for Te Tumu to be a coastal community that celebrates its significant history and environmental richness.

The proposed developments will respect the Kaituna River and preserve the area’s natural character, while building a sustainable community around the planned town centre, employment precincts, schools, sportsfields, walkways and cycleways. Based on our investigations to date, approximately 400ha of the 740ha of land at Te Tumu could be developed. The remaining 340ha would be protected to preserve the natural and cultural history of the area, and protect the community from natural hazards.

Te Tumu will provide new housing for more than 15,500 people, with residential development aiming to start in 2023.

Te Tumu is a project that joins landowners, developers, Tauranga City Council and SmartGrowth to provide new housing and cater to growth in the Bay of Plenty.

Project timeframes

The timeframes of the Te Tumu project have been reviewed, with residential development aiming to start in 2023 instead of the previous target date of 2021. This is due to delays experienced in the various processes involved in this complex project. These delays relate to: 

  • progressing through the required planning process to meet stakeholder and resource management expectations. This includes covering off the wide range of technical reports (e.g. hazards, land use, infrastructure etc.) required to notify the plan change, as well as covering off the issues raised by stakeholders such as the need to undertake further archaeological assessment, ensuring we understand natural hazard risk correctly, and provide for appropriate infrastructure to deliver on the future growth; and
  • the need to create access for the infrastructure to service the different blocks of the new urban growth area. This access needs to be secured through multiply-owned Māori land. This is currently subject to Māori Land Court and Māori Appellate Court processes. This is not a Council process. 

Tauranga has experienced considerable growth over the past 30 years, and is projected to continue growing. Seven urban development areas have been identified around the western Bay of Plenty to cater for this as part of a long-term SmartGrowth strategy. Te Tumu is one of these areas. Other project areas include Tauriko West, building a more compact city for Tauranga and planning for future growth within the Keenan Road area (south of The Lakes development within Pyes Pa), Omokoroa, Katikati, and Te Puke.

Last Reviewed: 17/05/2019


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