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TE AWAMUTU

TOWN CENTRE

In 2010, the Te Awamutu and Kihikihi Town Concept Plan was developed. This plan had a very clear vision for the centre of Te Awamutu – to create a central meeting place for our community; a place that offers recreational, social, cultural and educational activities.

WHAT WE ARE FACING NOW

We’ve been working with the community to turn this vision into a reality. Already we have seen the creation of the Trust Waikato Events Centre, the Te Awamutu Library,  the new destination playground and the Pop ‘n’ Good  Bike Park. 

We want to continue working towards a town centre that encourages locals and visitors to spend time in our  district and contribute to our local economy. Council can’t do all of this on its own but we can influence how the  area is used and what type of facilities are available for our community to use and enjoy. 

 

OUR PROPOSAL FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS

The next 10 years is about continuing this journey.  

We’re proposing some upgrades to three key streets in our town centre:

  • Market Street
  • Mahoe Street
  • Churchill Street

...as well as a new public / social space linking the area together. 

The projects are centred around changing the way some of the streets and land are used.

This is required to make sure the whole area flows the way it should, the right things are connected and space is maximised. It also makes sure our Council-owned land is used much more effectively. 

As part of our long-term vision, we’re looking to create six zones:

 

PROJECT 1: MARKET STREET

Market Street will be the anchor street for the town centre development and provide easy access from the main street - Alexandra Street, with the library, playground and other community facilities. 

It will be a space that opens out into the public area, full of lively businesses such as cafes and boutique shops. The tree-lined street will include wide footpaths and will be a place that is easy to walk around and enjoy. 

 

PROJECT 2: MAHOE STREET

Mahoe Street will welcome residents and visitors to the heart of the town. It will include a mix of restaurants, offices and potentially higher-density residential housing. 

To open up the area, power lines will be moved underground and replaced with trees and greenery.

 

PROJECT 3: CHURCHILL STREET

Churchill Street will provide an area for high density residential housing and visitor accommodation. This means people can live close to the town centre and add to the vibrancy of the area by keeping it active and alive at all times of the day. 

Council owns a large piece of largely un-used land on Churchill Street and is proposing to sell the land to enable this development. The proceeds from the land sale will go towards other developments within the Te Awamutu hub area such as the proposed Discovery Centre.

THE

COSTS

Over the next 10 years, we have budgeted $4m for these projects. The money will go towards making the area more pedestrian-friendly, landscaping, street furniture and upgrading underground infrastructure. 

This includes:

  • Market Street: We want to begin this work first as Market Street provides the anchor for the other two projects. Work will begin in 2018 and run over two years.
  • Mahoe Street: Work will begin in 2023 and run over two years.
  • Churchill Street: Work will begin in 2023 and run over two years.

These costs sit under Council’s roading budget and are funded by ratepayers across the district. The costs would be loan-funded and then repaid over 30 years by ratepayers.

Town/location Property Type (value) Impact of Proposal
(In the 2024/2025 Financial Year)
Te Awamutu Residential $430,000 $4.65
Cambridge Residential $570,000 $6.09
Pirongia Residential $880,000 $9.30
Kakepuku Rural $7,100,000 $73.68
Maungatautari Rural $2,330,000 $24.31

The figures in this table include on-going operating costs once the project is completed.

THE OTHER

OPTION

Option 2: Safety works only

This means we would focus on safety improvements only. We would increase lighting levels and provide more locations for pedestrians to safely cross the street. We would not be enhancing the attractiveness as a place for people to work, live and play.

The costs

The cost for this will be $400,000. Of this, $196,000 will be loan-funded and $204,000 will be funded from the NZ Transport Agency. 

The costs for this option would be loan-funded and then repaid over 30 years by ratepayers. 
How this proposal will impact your rates.

This table gives you a rough idea of how much has been set aside in your rates bill to fund this proposal. 

Town Property type and value Annual impact on ratepayers
(average over 9 years starting 2019/20)
Te Awamutu Residential $430,000 $1.09
Cambridge Residential $570,000 $1.41
Pirongia Residential $880,000 $2.12
Kakepuku Rural $7,100,000 $16.43
Maungatautari Rural $2,330,000 $5.46

The figures in this table include on-going operating costs once the project is completed.

IN

SHORT

We believe we should focus on the three streets as they all combine to help us achieve the vision of a central, vibrant meeting place for our community. 

WE'VE

HEARD

Great idea, Te Awamutu is a lovely town. We could do so much more to bring people in. Some of the shop owners would have to move with the times though, to make it successful.
Te Awamutu needs an update, however the culture of Te Awamutu has to be preserved, history recognised. We have to attract more than second hand clothes stores disguised as boutiques. We need to have our own identity, like Tirau, more classy establishments.
Work on design and include local Māori narratives/environment/colour - so it doesn't look like a grey block like the Te Awamutu library.

WHAT DO

YOU THINK?

Do you support what we are proposing for the development of Te Awamutu?
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