Tauranga City on the move


Tauranga is one of the fastest growing cities in New Zealand. The Bay of Plenty Times takes a look at 20 of the projects, on-going or planned, which will impact on the lives of residents.

1. Project name: Tertiary and Research Campus

Location: Durham Street, Tauranga City Centre

Cost: $67.3 million. Tauranga City Council (TCC) will lease land at no cost for 33 years.

Timeframe: Developed in three stages over 15 years starting in 2015 if funding is confirmed.

First building expected to be completed in 2017.

Description: The new campus is expected to bring huge change to Tauranga socially, commercially and economically.

Estimated to generate $133 million per annum in regional revenue and create 600 additional jobs, increasing the Bay of Plenty's GDP by about 1 per cent.

Will stimulate the development of student accommodation and an increased spend on food, accommodation, entertainment, sport, health services, transport - from staff and students - is anticipated.

Complementary to other developments such as the international hotel, providing a destination for conferences and academic activities.

City centre campus will increase vibrancy of the CBD. Other expected benefits include the retention and attraction of young people to the region; increasing the local pool of skilled workers; the provision of pathways from foundation courses to post-graduate qualifications.

2. Project name: Waterfront redevelopment.

Location: The Strand, Tauranga City Centre.

Cost: $5 million.

Timeframe: On-going and for completion over 10 years.

Description: A unique children's playground is being developed for the waterfront, which will provide a catalyst for a private investor to build a cafe nearby.

The playground is expected to be completed by the end of June 2013.

Creative Tauranga continues fundraising to bring the Hairy Maclary and Friends sculpture to fruition. It is hoped the installation will be completed by the time Hairy Maclary celebrates his 30th birthday later this year.

An expression of interest (EOI) will be issued shortly for the development of two hospitality and tourism hubs on the waterfront. There will be a significant increase in events and activities located on the waterfront over time.



3. Project name: International Hotel

Location: Durham Street, Tauranga City Centre

Cost: $30-40 million

Timeframe: 2-3 years construction time. Start date dependent on due diligence process

Description: The hotel would create an estimated 100 additional jobs (including construction and hotel operation).

An economic impact study has estimated a $1.26 return for each $1 invested.

Range and quality of Tauranga's overall visitor accommodation infrastructure improved along with potential flow-on benefits for the new tertiary education and research campus as well as events and conferences that will be held at Baypark's ASB Arena.

Anticipated to service the conference and conventions market as well as facilitating increased tourism numbers.

Will encourage further upgrading and strengthening of the CBD area.

Hamilton-based Tainui Holdings is part of a consortium selected as the preferred developer. Currently at preliminary due diligence stage. Following this, a three-month due diligence period will start.


4 Project name: TrustPower Head Office Relocation

Location: Tauranga City Centre

Cost: $30 million estimated

Timeframe: 2015-16

Description: TrustPower is moving its head office from Te Maunga into Tauranga's city centre. The development will allow sufficient space for up to 450 people.

TrustPower has identified a number of preferred sites and is working through a due diligence process. It had received at least 10 EOIs from downtown landowners, including Zariba Holdings, which owns the Bay of Plenty Times building.

Developer Peter Cooney and Zariba had formed a joint venture in a bid to redevelop the Durham St property for TrustPower. It would involve demolishing the old building, which was an earthquake risk.

5 Project name: Lady Rose Dairy Development.

Location: City centre block bounded by The Strand, Harington St, Willow St and Hamilton St.

Cost: $20 million estimated.

Timeframe: Two-four years.

Description: Lady Rose Dairy, a company associated with Tauranga's Waddell family, obtained consent from TCC in December 2012 for a 7000 sq/m retail/entertainment/office development occupying a significant portion of the block between The Strand and Willow St.

The development, which would face on to Harington St, would have up to six levels and accommodate around 400 employees.

Tenants are being canvassed for what is likely to be a two-stage development, commencing with the smaller stage.

6 Project name: Museum

Location: Cliff Road, Tauranga

Estimated cost: $25 million

Timeframe: From 2014-15 financial year

Description: Project to be developed by the Tauranga Moana Museum Trust. The $100,000 for the consent process, on an 8500sq m site at Cliff Rd, has been included in Tauranga City Council's 2014-15 Draft Annual Plan.

Cliff Rd is the preferred site for the 3000sq m museum because of its views to Mauao and the harbour. Also due to its proximity to The Elms, the Mission Cemetery, Monmouth Redoubt and the CBD.

The main focus for 2013 is fundraising and communicating the vision to the community.

7 Project name: Police Station

Location: Monmouth St, Tauranga City Centre

Cost: $20.8 million

Timeframe: Opening mid 2013

Description: In August 2011, Police Minister Judith Collins announced the old Monmouth St building would be demolished to make way for a new one.

The old station was built by the Ministry of Works in 1965 to accommodate 50 staff and 10 police vehicles. Tauranga police numbers have grown to about 185 with 60 vehicles.

A lack of space had resulted in additional buildings being leased to house police operations such as prosecutions, neighbourhood policing teams and various administrative functions. The new 3900sq m facility will bring all of them together under one roof.



8 Project name: Waiari Water Processing Plant.

Location: South of Te Puke.

Cost: $64 million.

Timeframe: Expected to start around 2018 and be finished around 2021.

Description: Designed to help meet the future water supply needs of Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty. Project involves the development of a new water supply intake from the Waiari Stream, a water processing plant in No 1 Rd, Te Puke and a water pipeline from the plant to the coastal belt. It is expected that the water demand from Mount Maunganui and Papamoa will exceed the supply available from existing water pipelines in the next 10 years.

The capacity of the first stage will be 30,000m3/day.

Start date will depend on the rate of population growth and the success of new measures to reduce water use.


9 Project name: Comvita Visitor Centre and Campus Development

Location: Paengaroa, Western Bay of Plenty

Cost: Visitor Centre $1 million

Timeframe: Construction started in March and centre will open in October.

Description: A joint venture between Comvita and the Department of Discovery to extend the existing visitor centre (established in 2003) by 470sq m. Tells the story of manuka honey, the company's history of growth and innovation with interactive experiences, a product-staging area and a cafe.

Meanwhile, six hectares adjacent to Comvita's Paengaroa site have been rezoned as industrial, the same designation as the existing 1.6ha site. The enlarged area will be known as the Comvita Campus Zone and will be used to expand warehouse, office and production facilities.

Other like-minded businesses that wished to relocate could also be accommodated.

Project is in early design stage with the build programme projected to extend over the next five years.

10 Project name: Maunganui and Girven Road intersection upgrade

Location: State Highway 2, Mount Maunganui

Status: Investigation

Timeframe: 2016-2018

Estimated cost: $80-100 million

Description: An investigation into ways to reduce congestion and travel time and improve safety for all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians. Predicted benefits: improved travel times and easing congestion by separating state highway and local traffic; improved safety by reducing conflicting travel movements at intersections; and a long-term solution to meet the future needs of the state highway.

11 Project name: Tauriko Bypass

Location: State Highway 29, Tauriko

Status: Investigation

Timeframe: 10 years+

Estimated cost: TBC

Description: The objective of this investigation is to identify a preferred route to improve safety and trip efficiency on SH29 between Omanawa Road and the state highway/Route K junction.

State Highway 29 serves several roles. It is a vital route for freight from the Waikato and Auckland regions going to and from the port, a local connector road and an inter-regional route for visitors.

12 Project name: Tauranga Eastern Link (TEL)

Location: State Highway 2, Te Maunga to Paengaroa

Status: Construction

Timeframe: Opening 2016

Estimated cost: $455 million

Description: The TEL will stretch nearly 23km from Te Maunga to the SH2/SH33 intersection near Paengaroa.

It will be four lanes, separated by a central median barrier, providing a safer and more direct route between Tauranga to Paengaroa.

There will be new interchanges (Mangatawa, Domain Road), a roundabout at Paengaroa junction (SH2/33), and new bridges over Parton and Maketu Roads. Predicted benefits include: improved travel times and safety; more direct route to the Port of Tauranga; and supporting future economic and urban growth of the area.

13 Project name: Hairini Link - Maungatapu underpass

Location: State Highway 29/2A; Welcome Bay/Maungatapu

Status: Design

Timeframe: Construction 2014/2015

Estimated cost: $50-$60 million

Description: Underpass of Maungatapu roundabout linking State Highway 2A with Welcome Bay Road. Designed to improve the safety and movement of local traffic, separating state highway and local traffic; enhance the efficiency of one of NZTA's National Strategic Freight routes (SH29). Also to provide a long-term benefit in solving congestion at the Hairini/Maungatapu roundabouts; providing better and more efficient traffic flows during peak period travel, and improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

14 Project name: Earthquake Strengthening

Location: Tauranga City Centre

Cost: Unknown

Timeframe: Now to 2021

Description: There are about 100 buildings in the city centre that will require work to bring them up to the new earthquake strengthening standards under the Building Code.

Economic development organisation Priority One said this would provide opportunities for the redevelopment and amalgamation of blocks of land.

Priority One and Tauranga City Council are undertaking a stock take of issues and opportunities with earthquake strengthening.

15 Project name: Southern Pipeline.

Location: From Tauriko to Te Maunga.

Cost: $102.4 million

Timeframe: On-going but due to be completed in 2016.

Description: Pipeline to take sewerage waste from the Tauriko/Greerton area, on a route beneath Maleme St, Memorial Park, Devonport Rd, across the harbour to Matapihi and onwards to the Te Maunga Wastewater Treatment Plant. The pipeline is an investment in the growth of the city as well as strengthening the existing infrastructure. It is 40 per cent completed.

16 Project name: Bethlehem Country Club West

Location: North-western end of Bethlehem Rd, Tauranga

Cost: $140 million

Timeframe: Starting mid-2013

Description: This retirement village, designed by Fraser Sanderson, will be a sister village to the Bethlehem Country Club.

The waterfront development, built on a 17-hectare block, will include 180 stand-alone houses, 80 apartments and a clubhouse with dining areas, a bar, snooker room and movie theatre. A separate health spa with an indoor heated lap pool, and with massage, hairdressing and therapy facilities will also be provided.

Croquet, putting greens and picturesque walkways will be available and residents will also share clubhouse and recreation facilities with Bethlehem Country Club members.

The first homes are expected to be available by the end of 2013. The development will be in four stages during five years. Most homes will cost from $500,000 to $800,000.

17 Project name: Wairakei Papamoa East.

Location: Papamoa.

Cost/value: $1.28 billion (based on 2013 sales value of homes to be built).

Timeframe: Planning began in 2004 with council zoning consent in 2010. The project will last 15-20 years.

Description: The scale of this 364-ha development was partly responsible for the Tauranga Eastern Link being constructed. Significant investment has been made in the area within the last four years with a new high school and primary school coming in that time.

By completion, 3200 homes will house about 8500 people. As well as the 209 hectare residential zone, the project will include a 9.4ha town centre (one-and-a-half times the size of Bayfair); a 17.4ha town centre fringe; and a 100ha employment/industrial zone.

Golden Sands (Bluehaven Managemnet) is currently selling sites between 420sq/m and 650sq/m and prices start from $147,000.

Many homes and lots have been pre-sold. However, the first two showhomes are opened tomorrow (Sunday), with a further six to follow shortly.



18 Project name: Harbour Central Marine Precinct.

Location: Sulphur Point, Tauranga.

Cost: $10-15 million.

Timeframe: Commencement 2018+.

Description: TCC and Priority One have been working in partnership to establish a marine development at this 3.5ha site by the harbour bridge.

The precinct would provide a home for the local marine sector and fishing fleet.

A registration of interest process was undertaken but no investor was forthcoming. The council is currently undertaking work in relation to the site, including a geotechnical survey of the soil to clarify any issues around contamination.The results of this process will be reported in May.


19 Project name: The Lakes

Location: Pyes Pa West

Cost: Projected sales revenue for the development $200 million

Timeframe: Development completed by 2025.

Description: The Lakes development, which started in 2005, was just one-third complete when original developer Grasshopper Farms went into receivership, owing Bank of Scotland International $96 million in February 2011.

Carrus Properties took control of the 2000-lot, 254-hectare development, from the receivers in April 2012.

Carrus reported sales of 160 sections between April 2012 and March 2013. Section prices ranged from $145,000 to $300,000.

The Pinnacle is the latest stage for sale with title available in May. Prices were being finalised for Stage 2 Central and would be available in April. Title would be available in June.

The development features walkways, bike trails, lakes and a future neighbourhood convenience shopping centre.

Proposed operations include: a superette, cafe, swim school, child centre, garden centre with a bar and restaurant, a medical centre, and two or three retail premises.

20 Project name: 850 Cameron Rd

Location: Section of land on Cameron Rd between 18th Ave and 19th Ave

Cost: $15 million

Timeframe: Awaiting resource consent but proposed opening date of February 1, 2014.

Description: A 1200sq m centre for independent medical specialists, a 22-unit motel and a childcare centre accommodating 125 children are planned for a block of land, now a carpark, opposite Tauranga Hospital.

Eighty-five per cent of the development, being handled by Paul Spillane of SNG Investments, is already leased (subject to resource consent).

The centre for medical specialists would feature a pharmacy and a cafe, while the motel would cater for people visiting loved ones in the hospital. The childcare centre would be operated by New Shoots, which runs a childcare centre in Papamoa.

Upgrades to roads and lighting, to cope with extra traffic from the development, are under way.



- Bay of Plenty Times

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