Town Centre Upgrades

Town Centre Upgrades

Following similar planning work done on the Hawera town centre, the Council is embarking on a process to develop town centre masterplans for Eltham, Opunake, Manaia, Patea and Waverley. The masterplans will look at things like movement in and around the CBDs (pedestrians, cycles and vehicles), sustainable design and the relationship of adjoining developments.

The aim is to have the town masterplans prepared in draft form around September this year.

South Taranaki Mayor Ross Dunlop says the town centre masterplan work is part of the Council’s vision to make South Taranaki the most liveable District in New Zealand.

“We know we can’t afford to do everything at once, but by making these masterplans we can start looking at ways of budgeting for and realising the communities’ needs over time.”

Mayor Dunlop says the master planning project demonstrates Council’s ongoing commitment to the district’s smaller towns.

“Where the trend has been for other agencies to pull out of our small towns (like post offices, banks and government agencies), the Council has made a deliberate commitment to maintaining facilities such as libraryplus centres, swimming pools, parks and other recreation infrastructure in our small towns. This is what makes South Taranaki so unique,” he says.

Town Centre Masterplans Update

Monday 2 September 2019

The designers for the Town Centre Masterplans (for Opunake, Manaia, Eltham, Patea and Waverley) are coming back to the towns to present the final plans. The community are invited to attend these presentations, being held on 9 and 10 September. Edward Guy, from Rationale, worked with two other companies (Landlab and Veros) to develop the plans after attending workshops, speaking to community members, business people, schools and iwi in the towns

Draft Town Centre Masterplans

Opunake (13MB)

Eltham (11MB)

Manaia (9MB)

Patea (16MB)

Waverley (9MB)


Monday 9 September MANAIA Manaia LibraryPlus, 2pm

ELTHAM Taumata Park, 6pm Tuesday 10 September

WAVERLEY Waverley LibraryPlus,10.30am

PATEAPatea LibraryPlus, 3pm

OPUNAKE Sandfords Events Centre, 7pm

Draft Town Centre Plans Available for Feedback

17 July 2019

Draft Town Centre Masterplans for Opunake, Manaia, Eltham, Patea and Waverley are now on display at the local LibraryPlus centres and on the Council’s website.

Consultants from Rationale, Veros and Landlab have worked together to develop the draft documents after hosting workshops, speaking to local members of the community, business people, schools and iwi in the towns.

South Taranaki District Council (STDC) Community Development Manager, Claire Symes says the scope for the plans was to look at improvements for the towns’ central business areas and linkages to significant areas such as the beach at Opunake.

“The consultants are now returning to see if they are on the right track and will be in the towns at the following times (see below) to check in with the communities,” says Claire.

Comments on the plans can also be left at the local LibraryPlus centre, on the Council website, emailed to or phone 0800 111 323 until 2 August at 4pm.

Community Check-ins

Eltham: Monday 22 July, Taumata Park, 6.30pm-8pm

Patea: Tuesday 23 July, Patea LibraryPlus, 10am-11.30am

Waverley: Tuesday 23 July, Waverley LibraryPlus, 1.30pm-3pm

Manaia: Wednesday 24 July, Manaia LibraryPlus, 9.30am-11am

Opunake: Wednesday 24 July, Opunake LibraryPlus, 12pm-1.30pm

Planning to get underway to enhance South Taranaki Town Centres

May 03, 2019

This month the South Taranaki District Council (STDC) is taking a roadshow around the district to find out what residents would like to see happen in some of the smaller town centres.

South Taranaki Mayor Ross Dunlop says the aim of the master planning exercise is to develop a suite of actions for each town’s CBD which can be included in the Council’s next Long Term Plan in 2021.

“Following similar planning work done on the Hawera town centre, the Council is embarking on a process to develop town centre masterplans for Eltham, Opunake, Manaia, Patea and Waverley,” he says.

“The contract to undertake this work was awarded to a partnership of three companies (Veros, Rationale and Landlab) who have worked together before to deliver similar projects in other parts of New Zealand. They are holding roadshows in each town asking the relevant communities for their thoughts and ideas. We want to know what plans businesses have and what the community would like to see in their town CDBs,” says Mayor Dunlop.

Drop in conversations at LibraryPlus Centres

Opunake Monday 13 May, Opunake LibraryPlus, 1pm-3pm

Eltham Tuesday 14 May, Eltham LibraryPlus, 1pm-3pm

Manaia Wednesday 15 May, Manaia LibraryPlus, 1pm-3pm

Patea Thursday 23 May, Patea LibraryPlus, 1pm-3pm

Waverley Friday 24 May, Waverley LibraryPlus, 1pm-3pm


Opunake: Monday 13 May, Sandfords Event Centre, 5pm-7pm

Eltham: Tuesday 14 May, Taumata Park Rec centre, 5pm-7pm

Manaia: Wednesday 15 May, Gibson Hall, 5pm-7pm

Patea: Thursday 23 May, Patea Old Folks Hall, 5pm-7pm

Waverley: Friday 24 May, Waverley Community Centre, 5pm-7pm

Please register by emailing or phone 0800 111 323