The Whangarei Growers Market is an important success story and key destination for the city. To help the Growers Market realise its potential, an existing service station building to the east of the Water Street Carpark has been removed (with the exception of the toilet facility). The removal allows for the development of more weekday car parking whilst allowing for more market space on Saturdays. The removal also allows space for the Emerald Necklace project as well as development of other activities to support the Market, including the re-use of containers to undertake cooking demonstrations and other civic activities.
A number of rivers and streams flow through central Whangarei, and there is a long-standing ambition to create walkways/cycleways, planting appropriate vegetation and increase connectivity as part of the Blue/Green Network Strategy. Building on the success of the Hatea Loop Walkway, the Emerald Necklace project will see the redevelopment of stream banks near the expanded Growers Market and alongside the Lower Waiarohia Stream. Flood defence and ecological restoration along with safety and improved way-finding are key drivers for this project.
The former Old Boys’ Rugby Club training fields is a 5.8ha site. Whangarei District Council will asses future land-use options for this site through the District Plan plan review of urban and public open space zones.
An interpretive centre which celebrates Parihaka’s dominant position on the north-eastern skyline would complement the Hihiaua Cultural Centre and the recently completed lookout. It will provide an outstanding place to celebrate through interpretation and recreation of one of the largest pa in New Zealand and an important part of Whangarei’s heritage. Council has allocated no funding for this proposal.
As water quality in the upper Whangarei Harbour continues to improve, due to ongoing investment in wastewater and stormwater systems as well as riparian restoration in the upper Hatea, Waiarohia and Raumanga catchments, demand for further public access to the water will increase. An artificial beach/promenade will be constructed downstream of Te Matau ä Pohe and will connect the Loop Walkway to new walkways extending down Port Road towards Port Nikau. Council has allocated no funding for this proposal.
The Northland Events Centre (Toll Stadium) provides opportunities for the Northland region to have a quality, well planned and fully equipped venue for major sporting, entertainment, cultural and family events. The venue has a capacity for 18,500 people.
Clear and well located signage will ensure people find it easy to find and move around within our central area. This includes signage to our car parking facilities as well as pedestrian routes between our major attractions. As well as being functional our wayfinding should have unique Whangarei identity.
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Te Whakatupu Oranga Whanau
- A range of quality educational facilities
- A strong and sustainable economy
- Promotion of tourism
- Provide for marine activities
Nga Whare Noho o Whangarei
- High quality residential intensification
- Services and facilities to meet the needs of the community
- World class design and architecture which is unique to Whangarei
- Safe and inviting spaces
- Recreation and wellbeing
Culture & Heritage
Taonga tuku iho
- Protect valued heritage buildings and uses
- A meaningful partnership with Mana Whenua
- Use of Te Aranga Maori design principles
- Provide interpretation of heritage and culture
- Celebrate local identity and our unique history
- A range of well designed spaces for civic activities, sports and recreational activities
- Exciting and inviting day and nighttime activities, events & facilities
- Enable interaction with the water and green spaces
- Vibrant and attractive public spaces for all to enjoy
- Ease of movement between the city and the waterfront
- Integrated public transport
- Provide spaces for people of all ages and abilities
- Comprehensive pedestrian and cycle network
Toitu te whenua, toitu te taiao
- Provide flood protection
- Improve water quality
- Restore ecological edges
- Protect surrounding green network and landscape features