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Our Tairāwhiti - 2021-2031 Long Term Plan

We prepare our Long Term Plan (LTP) every 3 years in consultation with our community. The plan sets out our major projects, services and priorities over the next 10 years, 2021-2031. It’s a blueprint for Council of what we will do and how we will pay for it.

We achieved a lot over the last 3 years. Highlights include the redeveloped library and Lawson Field Theatre, the Inner Harbour redevelopment and improved wastewater infrastructure through our DrainWise project. We also invested a significant amount to repair and strengthen our roading network all despite floods, drought and pandemic.

We've got a plan for the next 3 years that includes continuing our major projects like the wastewater treatment plant, DrainWise and the Olympic Pool redevelopment.

Between 30 August - 2 October we asked for your input into what we you value in Tairāwhiti and what we should prioritise to develop our draft 2021-2031 Long Term Plan: Our Tairāwhiti.

Feedback closed 2 October 2020. Thanks for all your feedback.
Now we'll develop the draft plan to go out for formal consultation in 15 March - 9 April 2021. 

These were the key areas where we asked for your input.

Our Environment  | Our Water  |  Our Roads  |  Our Community  |  Our Spaces



Tō tātau taiao 

Our Environment


Our environment is important to all of us in Tairāwhiti. Our work covers revegetation, flood mitigation, land management and strategies for being better kaitiaki of our land, air and water. Tairāwhiti faces many challenges, tell us what your priorities are.

ChallengeClimate change  |   Tō tātau huringa āhuarangi 

Scientific modelling suggests that climate change will have significant impacts on Tairāwhiti with warmer temperatures, seasonal changes, increasing storm intensity and a rise in sea levels.

We work on climate change through flood mitigation schemes like the Waipaoa Flood Control Scheme. Biodiversity projects like the Titirangi and Waingake restoration projects. And we're developing a climate change response plan. 


QuestionWhat's your priority? 

What do you think we should focus more on to address climate change? 



ChallengeEnvironmental care  |  Tō tātau tiakitanga taiao 

Our environmental teams lead lots of the work and research to ensure best practice in caring for our environment and regenerating our biodiversity. They’re responsible for restoration and re-vegetation partnerships, like the Titirangi and Waingake restoration projects.

Our budget for 2020-2021 is $5.8m.

Key activities include: Biosecurity and pest management, restoration and biodiversity projects, water quality and catchment plans, land management and leading multi-partner restoration projects.

One key project is the Waingake Restoration project. It includes extensive tree planting, pest plant and animal management which will protect our water supply pipeline. It has a budget of $1.6m per year for 3 years. Read more information about the Waingake Restoration Project [PDF, 2.9 MB]  



What's your priority

Do you want Council to do more in the environmental care area? 



Rubbish and recycling  |  Ō tātau para me te hangaruaChallenge

Council ensures the sustainable management of our district’s waste by minimising waste generation and maximising opportunities to use waste as a resource.

Our budget for 2020-21 is $4.1m.

Key activities include removing and managing solid waste and hazardous substances, rural and urban household rubbish and recycling kerbside collection, rural transfer stations, recycling initiatives and waste minimisation initiatives.



What's your priority

Tell us one thing Council could do to improve waste management and minimisation. 



WaterTō tātau wai 

Our Water


We provide drinking water, wastewater and stormwater – the 3 Waters.

Legislative changes are coming soon, these will affect how we manage fresh water and our 3 Waters infrastructure. The changes are also likely to increase the cost to deliver these services.

Drinking water supply  |  Tō tātau puna wai inu Challenge

We provide treated drinking water to Gisborne city and the communities of Te Karaka, Whatatutu, Makaraka and Manutuke.  We maintain 272km of pipes and 8 pump stations.

Our budget for 2020-21 is $6.7m.

Key activities include: Repairs and maintenance on our Waingake and Waipaoa water treatment plants. Maintenance and renewals on pumps, pipes and conveyance. Management and maintenance of Whatatutu and Te Karaka top-up water supplies.


Wastewater  |  Tō tātau wai kinoChallenge

We maintain 225km of wastewater pipes in the city and 40 pump stations. We also maintain septage disposal sites at Te Araroa Tikitiki, Ruatoria and Te Puia Springs.

Our budget for 2020-21 is $8.78m

Key activities include: Operation of pump stations and the wastewater treatment plant. Pipe maintenance and renewals. Education programmes including the DrainWise. Property checks and minor repairs.


Stormwater  |  Tō tātau wai āwhā Challenge

We maintain 162km of stormwater pipes and about 32km of channels and swale drains. The stormwater system carries away surface water, that is not treated before it enters a waterway.

Our budget for 2020-21 is $3.25m

Key activities include maintenance and renewals of: Urban drains and culverts. Swale drains, open drains, sumps and channels.


QuestionWhat's your priority

 If Council could do one thing to improve our water services, what would it be? 


RoadsŌ tātau rori me ngā waka

Our Roads and Transport


A stronger and safer transport network supports our region’s economy and keeps our communities connected.

Tairāwhiti has 1903km of local roads that we maintain - 238km in the urban area and 1,665km of rural roads

Our budget for 2020-21 is $34.8m

Key activities include: local road maintenance and upgrades, street lighting, footpaths, bus service and joint funding of cycleway development.

Taruheru cycleway  |  Tō Tātau Ara Pahikara o Taruheru Challenge

This is an ambitious plan to build a pathway along the Taruheru River from the city centre to Campion College. The project's estimated to cost $7.3m and Council would need to seek external funding for this. We’ll still need to spend up to $200k on planning and preparation to get the project underway.
For more information about the project.


QuestionWhat's your priority?

Should we seek external funding, re-focus the funding to other projects or abandon the project?  



CommunityŌ tātau putanga hapori

Our Community Outcomes


What do you want for our community? How should our future look? We plan to continue partnering with other organisations and community groups and working together for the common good. What matters most to you for the future of Our Tairāwhiti?  

Our Māori representation |  Tō tātau kaiwhakarite Māori Challenge

Māori makeup nearly 50% of the population in Tairāwhiti and Council would like to know if we should introduce one or more Māori wards for the next 2 triennial elections (2022 and 2025). This would mean that eligible voters on the Māori Electoral Roll would vote for candidates for Māori wards. Voters on the General Electoral Roll would vote for candidates from one or more General wards. 

Establishing Māori wards would help ensure Māori representation on Council is more reflective of the makeup of our community. Councillors in New Plymouth and Tauranga have recently voted to establish Māori ward/s in the next local body election. Is it time for Tairāwhiti to do the same?  



Is it time for Tairāwhiti to do the same and consider introducing Maori wards in the next local body elections? 



Housing and population growth  

Tō tātau whakatipu taupori me ngā whare noho Challenge

Tairāwhiti is a great place to live and this is reflected in our steady population growth. As a result, we’re enjoying economic growth but also increased demands on housing and infrastructure.

Council can support more housing developments through building infrastructure and planning.


QuestionWhat's your priority?

Should we focus more on building consents, speed up the zoning process or facilitate more private investment in housing through building infrastructure for subdivision? 


Council’s vision | Tō tātau Kaunihera tirohanga whakamua  Challenge

In 2020 councillors arrived at the vision of  Tairāwhiti Maranga Ake! E tīmata mai ana i konei

Tairawhiti Rising. It all starts here. Which captures the essence of living in Tairāwhiti:

  • We are first to see the sun rise
  • We are bouncing back from Covid-19
  • We are acknowledging our strong cultural heritage

Have a look at our current vision “Tairāwhiti First” 



Should we adopt a new vision? 




O tātau whare me ngā wāhi ā-hapori 

Our Community Spaces and Facilities  


Our community places and open spaces are where people spend a lot of leisure time. Facilities such as our pool and sports fields, our library, parks and open spaces are Council’s responsibility. How important are they to you?


Community facilities | O tātau whare hapori  


Our budget for 2020-21 is just over $2.2m

Key activities include: theatres and halls, library operations, cultural activities such as arts in public places.


QuestionWhat's your priority?

Do you think Council should do more or less in this area? 



Recreation and amenity |  O tātau mahi rēhia me ngā whare hākinakina

Council maintains parks, reserves, sports grounds, walkways, coastal foreshore areas and other spaces throughout our region.Challenge

Our budget for 2020-21 is $9.74m

This is for maintenance and to continue to invest in improvements and new infrastructure.


QuestionWhat's your priority?

Do you think Council should spend more or less in this area?