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Our Public Places Strategic Plan

Together, we can have public places to play, relax, be inspired, and connect with people and nature.  To achieve this we’re developing the Our Public Places Strategic Plan.

How can I get involved?

Take the online survey

We’ve been working on nine new Action and Investment Plans following initial community feedback and now we’re ready for you to check we’re still on the right track. We are particularly keen to hear your views on the Tauranga Climate, Safer Communities, and Community Centres plans.

We’ve developed priority actions to help us reach our goals and we want to know what you think.

Survey closes 5pm Thursday 15 June

Take the survey now

Update - 12 May 2023

We have updated our working draft action and investment plan (AIP) to reflect January to March Committee workshop feedback, and feedback from interested people, groups and organisations who have been involved to date.

We are now seeking wider community feedback on this draft plan, particularly the actions within it, from Friday 26 May to Thursday 15 June, 5pm:

Our Public Places Strategic Plan - working draft v2 - 10 May 2023 (1.3mb pdf)

You can have your say by clicking on the survey link in the orange box above.

During July we will consider all feedback and update the draft plan accordingly, prior to adoption in August.

Please note that our action and investment plans are roadmaps for how we can achieve Our Direction, but we cannot fund all of them all at once. The “priority actions” within each plan have been put forward for inclusion within our Draft Long-term Plan 2024-2034, and this is clearly shown in the plans. When the Long-term Plan is finalised next year, we will go back and update the actions in these plans to reflect final Long-term Plan funding decisions.

Earlier drafts of the AIP are available below, along with the full set of Strategy, Finance and Risk Committee AIP workshop documents from earlier in the year.  The Committee workshops focused primarily on the AIP actions:

Our Public Places Strategic Plan - working draft - 14 February (1.3mb pdf)

Workshop documents

If you would like to be kept informed or to be involved, please contact the project team on or call 07 577 7000 and ask for the Strategy team.

We’re a growing city, with all the challenges and opportunities a growing city provides such as an ageing population, new communities shaping up at Te Tumu and Tauriko West, and more people living in our city.

We want our city to have well planned public places with spaces for people to connect, enjoy, play and recreate.

Together, we’re committed to working closely with our mana whenua partners and our key stakeholders to ensure public places are at the heart of our communities and that they:

  • provide a mature and comprehensive ecological network that supports our resilience to climate change
  • tell our stories of the past, present and future, acknowledging our history and the diversity of our current and future communities
  • are enjoyed by people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, whether it’s for organised or informal recreation
  • are easy to get to, places people can connect, feel safe and enable activities that bring the community together
  • prioritise nature, while also recognising the varied and valuable role that reserves and open space have in our growing city.

About our Action and Investment Plans

Together our community has decided what’s most important for Tauranga to become a city for the people and live up to its name Tauranga – a place of safe anchorage of wellbeing.

We’ve heard from more than 10,000 people through various methods that they want to live in a place where we prioritise nature, lift each other up and fuel possibility.

Now we’re working on a number of action and investment plans (AIPs) to support those outcomes and set out what new actions we need to take to get there.

Our Action and Investment Plans focus on new actions (not business as usual actions) required to achieve our goals

We know everyone’s time is precious, so we’re not bothering our communities by asking questions we’ve already asked before, but we are checking in on anything new, like the climate action and investment plan, which is a first for this council.

We’re not starting from scratch, we’re building on the great work that’s already been done, including existing strategies and plans that need to be refreshed.

Our AIPs are not comprehensive plans detailing all the business as usual we’re doing in a particular area (that’s all covered in our annual plan and long-term plan documents) – they’re future focused plans centred around specific actions to achieve our goals.

Once we’ve developed the draft plans, we’ll touch base with our communities again to help us prioritise the actions and decide what we need to invest in first. The action plans will be incorporated into our business and any actions that require funding will be considered for inclusion in our upcoming Annual and Long-term Plans.

Key information

Project type
Health and wellbeing
Parks and recreation



Key dates

  • Community feedback to help inform the development of the draft Action and Investment Plans

    October to December 2022
  • Developing (or refreshing/updating) Action and Investment Plans

    January- March 2023
  • Consultation on the draft Action and Investment Plans

    May/June 2023

Who's listening

Tauranga City Council

Phone: 07 577 7000


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