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Te Papa Neighbourhood

Welcome to the Te Papa Ward. Find out what projects are happening around where you live, work and play, and learn more about your neighbourhood.

Te Papa General Ward Candidates

These are the candidates running for Te Papa General Ward
Smith, Jim

Smith, Jim

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Molloy, Terry

Molloy, Terry

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Turley, Barbara

Turley, Barbara

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Taylor, Rod

Taylor, Rod

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Decke, Mark

Decke, Mark

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van Berkel, Abraham (Bram)

van Berkel, Abraham (Bram)

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Caie, Andrew

Caie, Andrew

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Haggett, Chudleigh

Haggett, Chudleigh

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Marx, Reihana

Marx, Reihana

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Te Awanui Ward

These are the candidates running for Te Awanui Ward

Sydney, Mikaere

Sydney, Mikaere

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Borell, Suaree

Borell, Suaree

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Hillis, Ashley

Hillis, Ashley

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Mayoral Candidates

These are the candidates running for Mayor
Robson, John

Robson, John

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Nagels, Jos

Nagels, Jos

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Brownless, Greg

Brownless, Greg

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Drysdale, Mahé

Drysdale, Mahé

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Bamford, Tanya

Bamford, Tanya

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Salisbury, Tina

Salisbury, Tina

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Braguta, Aureliu

Braguta, Aureliu

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Goddard, Anthony

Goddard, Anthony

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Hori BOP

Hori BOP

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Hannah, Donna

Hannah, Donna

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Hall, Ria

Hall, Ria

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Maltby, Tim

Maltby, Tim

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Haggett, Chudleigh

Haggett, Chudleigh

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Owens, Douglas

Owens, Douglas

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Caie, Andrew

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Tauranga Museum

Tauranga Museum

The Tauranga Museum will be a key component of Te Manawataki o Te Papa, the transformed city centre in the heart of Tauranga.

Library and Community Hub

Library and Community Hub

As part of our exciting plans to get the heart of our city pumping, we’re building a new library and community hub in the city centre on...

Te Papa Ward

The Te Papa ward has a rich tapestry of history and features a number of historically significant sites from The Elms Te Papa Tauranga and Otamatahi Pa (Mission Cemetery) in the city centre to Pukehinahina (Gate Pa) and Tutarawananga - Yatton Park in Tauranga South, which is nationally significant arboretum, home to exotic and native trees planted around 1866.

This ward is home to nearly 17,000 people and  includes Te Papa Peninsula, Sulphur Point, CBD, Fraser Cove, Gate Pa, Tauranga South, Merivale, Yatton Park and Greerton (north of Chadwick Road).

Tauranga’s city centre is on its way to being transformed into an even greater place for people to live, work, visit, learn and play. Over the coming years the civic precinct is being developed, breathing new life into what will become a key cultural, heritage and economic driver for the region.

Te Manawataki o Te Papa, meaning ‘the heartbeat of Te Papa’ will feature a progressive new library and community hub, a civic whare (public meeting space), exhibition gallery and a museum that will offer direct access to the city’s taonga and heritage collection. The new civic precinct will be a drawcard for visitors from near and far, with so much to see and experience. 
  
Plans are also coming to life at Tauranga Waterfront with projects underway that celebrate the connection the community has to Te Awanui Tauranga Harbour. The upgraded waterfront area will provide better access to the harbour in the city centre for people to take part in a range of activities around and on the water.  

In the coming years, people will be able to move easily between Te Awanui Tauranga Harbour and our new civic precinct, Te Manawataki o Te Papa, through the newly upgraded Masonic Park.   

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Te Papa ward map

Ward boundary map (6mb pdf)

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Te Manawataki o Te Papa

Te Manawataki o Te Papa

To be called Te Manawataki o Te Papa, the heartbeat of Te Papa, the vibrant new space will include facilities such as a library and community hub, museum, a civic whare (public meeting house), and an exhibition gallery.

More information on Te Manawataki o Te Papa

Te Papa projects

Check out the projects happening in your neighbourhood.


We're on it! Projects in progress

Reclassification of part of Marine Park, Sulphur Point


We’ve reclassified a small part (approximately 6%) of Marine Park at Sulphur Point to allow for the development of a marine research and education facility.

Neighbourhood:
  • Ōtūmoetai / Matua

Status:
Planning
Last updated:
Jun 21, 2024

Kopurererua Valley Reserve Restoration


Kopurererua Valley Reserve (the valley) is one of Tauranga’s largest reserves and provides a variety of different recreational and ecological experiences on your doorstep.

Neighbourhood:
  • Gate Pā / Greerton / Avenues / Merivale

Status:
Underway
Last updated:
Jun 14, 2024

Merivale Community Centre


We’re redeveloping the Merivale Community Centre to create a safe, welcoming and flexible space for the communities of Merivale.

Neighbourhood:
  • Gate Pā / Greerton / Avenues / Merivale

Status:
Planning
Last updated:
May 27, 2024

Gate Pā Community Centre


We’re building a community centre to create a safe, welcoming and flexible space for the communities of Gate Pā.

Neighbourhood:
  • Gate Pā / Greerton / Avenues / Merivale

Status:
Planning
Last updated:
May 27, 2024

Waimapu Catchment Management Plan


Contributing to the long-term health and wellbeing of the catchment by identifying opportunities and investment priorities to deliver positive outcomes in freshwater management.

Neighbourhood:
  • Gate Pā / Greerton / Avenues / Merivale
  • Welcome Bay / Ohauiti / Oropi

Status:
Underway
Last updated:
May 23, 2024

More ways to move Tauranga South, Gate Pā and Merivale


We want to make it safer and easier to get around in your communities.

Neighbourhood:
  • Gate Pā / Greerton / Avenues / Merivale

Status:
Planning
Last updated:
May 22, 2024

Connecting the people. Fifteenth Avenue to Welcome Bay Road


Tauranga is growing fast, so we need to start work now to transform the area into a place where more people can live, work, study and move around.

Neighbourhood:
  • City centre
  • Maungatapu / Matapihi
  • Welcome Bay / Ohauiti / Oropi

Status:
Underway
Last updated:
May 22, 2024

City centre buses


We're making it safer and easier for people to move around our city no matter how they choose to travel – including by bus.

Neighbourhood:
  • City centre

Status:
Planning
Last updated:
May 14, 2024

Building our future. Cameron Road Stage 2


We are working on a plan to make the area between 17th Avenue and Cheyne Road, Pyes Pā safer, more attractive, and provide more ways for people to move.

Neighbourhood:
  • Gate Pā / Greerton / Avenues / Merivale
  • Pyes Pa / Tauriko

Status:
Planning
Last updated:
Mar 19, 2024

Civic Precinct – the heartbeat of Te Papa


Exciting plans are underway to redevelop the civic precinct in the heart of our city.

Neighbourhood:
  • City centre

Status:
Planning
Last updated:
Mar 15, 2024

Building our future. Cameron Road - Te Papa


We are transforming Cameron Road to make it safer, provide more ways to travel and more attractive.

Neighbourhood:
  • City centre
  • Gate Pā / Greerton / Avenues / Merivale

Status:
Underway
Last updated:
Feb 15, 2024

Memorial Park and Community Recreation Hub


We’re starting to think about how we use and make the most of Memorial Park in the future, alongside the planned upgrade of the aquatic and recreation hub facilities situated at the park.

Neighbourhood:
  • City centre

Status:
Planning
Last updated:
Jan 9, 2024

Tunks Reserve and Elizabeth Street East upgrade


he upgrade of the lookout from Tunks Reserve is now complete, making this an even better place to enjoy the views out over Te Awanui Tauranga Harbour.

Neighbourhood:
  • City centre

Status:
Completed
Last updated:
Dec 21, 2023

Dive Crescent Car Park Upgrade


We have upgraded the Dive Crescent car park as part of our plans to revitalise the city centre and transform the waterfront in this area.

Neighbourhood:
  • City centre

Status:
Completed
Last updated:
Dec 21, 2023

Civic Precinct IFF levy consultation


How should we pay for the community-funded portion of the future civic precinct - Te Manawataki o Te Papa?  

Neighbourhood:
  • City centre

Status:
Planning
Last updated:
Nov 13, 2023

Elizabeth Street upgrade


We’re upgrading Elizabeth Street to create an attractive and safe, people-friendly environment for everyone to enjoy.

Neighbourhood:
  • City centre

Status:
Underway
Last updated:
Oct 4, 2023

Council’s future office block at 90 Devonport Road


A sustainable development set to house all Council administration staff under one roof.

Neighbourhood:
  • City centre

Status:
Underway
Last updated:
Oct 3, 2023

Library and Community Hub


As part of our exciting plans to get the heart of our city pumping, we’re building a new library and community hub in the city centre on Willow Street.

Neighbourhood:
  • City centre

Status:
Planning
Last updated:
Sep 29, 2023

The Greerton Maarawaewae study


Securing a future for the racecourse and golf club reserve land in Greerton.

Neighbourhood:
  • City centre
  • Gate Pā / Greerton / Avenues / Merivale

Status:
Planning
Last updated:
Sep 13, 2023

Key reserves master planning


We’re looking across our three key sport and recreation facilities, Baypark, Blake Park and Tauranga Domain and planning for the future.

Neighbourhood:
  • City centre
  • Mount Maunganui / Arataki

Status:
Planning
Last updated:
Sep 4, 2023

Tauranga Domain


As one of New Zealand’s fastest growing cities, we need to ensure there are plenty of sport, recreation and cultural facilities for the benefit of community wellbeing.

Neighbourhood:
  • City centre

Status:
Exploring
Last updated:
Sep 4, 2023

Memorial Park to city centre recreation connection


The proposed coastal pathway will connect Memorial Park and the city centre, and strengthen the connection of the community with Te Awanui Tauranga Harbour.

Neighbourhood:
  • City centre

Status:
Planning
Last updated:
Jul 21, 2023

Sulphur Point and Marine Park Master Plan


Sulphur Point and Marine Park are strategically important for many people in our city and this is one of the only places for deep water access.

Neighbourhood:
  • City centre

Status:
Planning
Last updated:
May 26, 2023

Citywide

Citywide projects

Information here about citywide projects.

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