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Hauraki Gulf Islands  review

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Issues and options papers


The review of the Hauraki Gulf Islands (HGI) District Plan will provide the parameters for development and protection of the Gulf until approximately 2020. Medium population projections for Waiheke from Statistics New Zealand estimate that there will be 11,600 people on Waiheke by 2021. This is an increase of 3,290 people from the 8,310 people on Waiheke in 2004. Using Statistics New Zealand high population projection, the population could rise to 12,350 by the time the reviewed plan is operative.

Part Two of Essentially Waiheke contains key strategies and actions, thresholds and criteria for the management of future predicted growth in Waiheke. It suggests that a key time to consider how growth should be managed on Waiheke will be when 90 per cent of the sites zoned Land Unit 11 and Land Unit 12 are occupied. Essentially Waiheke advocates managing growth by a new village once the 90 per cent threshold is met. (A review of the key actions and strategies of Essentially Waiheke has been undertaken and has resulted in some minor changes to some of these actions and strategies.)

The Council's 2004/05 Waiheke Residential Landuse Survey identified that 85 per cent of sites within Land Units 11 and 12 were occupied. While this is below the 90 per cent threshold, it is prudent to begin initial investigations and community discussion as to whether Waiheke can accommodate additional growth above the existing District Plan allowances. Key considerations in the management of growth on Waiheke include:

  • Its effect on the existing character and amenity of Waiheke.
  • Its effect on ferry services and the flow-on effect to Matiatia in relation to, for example, parking.
  • Its effect on land prices and the affordability of housing on Waiheke.
  • Its effect on roading infrastructure - major upgrades of existing roads may be necessary and there may be new roading requirements.
  • Wastewater disposal - the current system of on-site disposal of wastewater through septic tanks has implications for minimum lot sizes in residential development. Other wastewater considerations include:
    • Current support for on-island, individual responsibility for effluent disposal, as indicated in Essentially Waiheke.
    • The possibility of localised collection, treatment and disposal systems.
    • Potential health and environmental issues if on-site disposal systems fail.
  • The location of any proposed new ferry terminal.

Possible approaches

You may have a better or alternative approach to those outlined below. If so, we would like to hear from you.

  • Provide for limited growth (status quo). Retain existing land units and subdivision controls.
  • Reduce existing flexibility in the HGI Plan to ensure that it is more difficult to obtain consent for non-complying applications, for example by tightening up the objectives of the subdivision section.
  • Provide for more houses within Land Units 11 and 12 by relaxing the rules for permitted lot sizes to allow more houses per site and by allowing residential activity in village centres.
  • Expand the boundaries of all existing villages by extending the boundaries of Land Units 11 and 12 or extend the boundaries of only the smaller 'villages' - Orapiu and Kennedy Point.
  • Develop a new village as a separate area within Waiheke to accommodate some or all of the expected growth. Provide for commercial and retail activities within the new village.
  • Develop a composite option taking account of all the above.


While this issue paper can be read in isolation, it is best read in association with the issue papers relating to: