What will the heart of Whangarei City be like in 20 years time?

Whangarei is better situated than ever for community, investors, businesses, and Council to work together to generate a thriving future. A way to achieve this is outlined in Whangarei 20/20 Momentum, a vision developed by Whangarei District Council to inspire Councillors, planners, the public and developers.


To be a vibrant, attractive and thriving District by developing sustainable lifestyle based around our unique environment; the envy of New Zealand and recognised world wide.


Ka kitea to ihi, te ataahuatanga kia anga mua tonu nga mihi i roto i to tatou rohe. Kia pumau tonu te ahurei o te taiao. Ka ahua pūhaehae te titiro mai o te ao whanui ki Aotearoa.

The Projects

The projects outlined have been grouped into different precincts, based on their location or purpose.

You’ll see that there are many world class and uniquely Whangarei projects that have already been completed. Connectivity, social interaction and cultural identity have been the key drivers and we want to build on the success of what has already been achieved.

Within each precinct are a range of projects some of which have been completed, some are in the planning phase with funding secured and some are still conceptual.

Whangarei Momentum aligns with in the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan. It also includes a number of projects that will not to be funded by Council, including a Hotel, Hihiaua Cultural Centre, Hundertwasser Wairau Maori Arts Centre, mixed use and residential intensification.


We asked Whangarei to give us their feedback on the plans, suggestions on how the projects could be enhanced or improved, and what was missing from the plans proposed.

The conversation started in mid 2015 with 28 projects and has been a great success. We have interacted with nearly 7000 people and received over 1000 items of feedback through the use of innovative engagement techniques.

It is clear that the feedback has been positive. Projects that seek to regenerate and revive our central area received the most support. People are passionate about well-designed development and user-friendly public spaces.

The feedback also presents a challenge. Empty shops, poor connectivity and an uninviting urban environment are issues that people want addressed. Not content with just highlighting problems, much of the feedback has offered new and interesting ways of addressing these issues.

Within the community, there are a range of priorities and differing views on the projects that should shape our city. What is apparent from all the comments received is the enthusiasm for progress and a clarity of vision for a more vibrant and prosperous Whangarei.

The first round of feedback was summarised in February 2016, and the results can be viewed by accessing the PDFs below.

Whangarei 20/20 Momentum – Summary of Feedback [pdf:565kb]

Whangarei 20/20 Momentum – Comprehensive Feedback [pdf:877kb]

Central Precinct Projects →

Waterfront Precinct Projects →

Hihiaua Precinct Projects →

Civic, Culture & Conference/Expo Precinct Projects →

Arts & Heritage Precinct Projects →

William Fraser Memorial Park on Pohe Island Precinct Projects →

City Fringe Precinct Projects →