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This page contains a news story update about our Placemaking programme being trialed in Tikipunga and Hikurangi, including findings from our initial surveys.

Updated: 10/09/2020 11:44 a.m.

​Tikipunga and Hikurangi Placemaking Survey Results

Thanks to everyone who took part in Council’s recent Placemaking survey. 

We are currently developing 20-30-year visionary plans for Hikurangi and Tikipunga and wanted to hear from the people who live, work and play in these communities.  

A total of 300 people took part in the survey and of those, 71 from Hikurangi and 82 from Tikipunga have put their names forward to be part of the ongoing Placemaking Project in their areas. 

“This is a fantastic response and we are looking forward to working closely with both these communities over the coming months,” said project leads Alicia Lawrie and Injoo Riehl.

“Our findings from the survey plus other community engagement have helped us to identify key themes, issues and opportunities and set the direction for each placemaking plan.”

Hikurangi Placemaking Survey

Improving connectivity within Hikurangi and to the wider Whangārei area through safer and attractive roads and walking and cycling options was one of the key themes for the Hikurangi survey.

Retaining the unique natural and cultural heritage of the village and the sense of community was another key theme as was enhancing Hikurangi’s profile as a destination for visitors and residents.

Opportunities for future improvements include: 

  • beautification of streets, parks and buildings

  • diverse activities for locals and visitors to enjoy

  • walking and cycling links and creating safer streets for vehicles and pedestrians

  • working closely with and supporting the community

  • managed growth and development.

Tikipunga Placemaking Survey

Change was one of the key themes identified in the Tikipunga survey. The suburb is changing due to growth, which is putting pressure on housing,

public spaces and infrastructure but also bringing opportunities for improved community facilities.

The community love their place, the history and heritage, the natural environment, rural backdrop and diverse people who live there and want to celebrate this.

Connectivity was another key theme. People enjoyed walking and cycling during the COVID-19 lockdown and would benefit from wider, improved footpaths and safer roads and intersections to cope with increased traffic.

Opportunities for future improvements include: 

  • managing growth and development

  • community safety and improving public spaces and facilities

  • improving safety on busy roads and intersections including Kiripaka Road, Corks Road, Heretaunga Street and Paramount Parade.

  • better walking, cycling and public transport connections.

What happens next?

Collaboration with the community will remain a key factor as Council moves into the development of solutions and actions. We are currently working with key internal experts and external stakeholders to refine the opportunities for each location. We will be conducting a second more formal round of engagement in the coming months. Please get in touch with us if you would like to get involved or find out more on this page: