Draft Waiheke Area Plan

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Aerial photo of Waiheke Island's Palm Beach.

Project Update August 2021

Consultation with the public was undertaken from 13 July to 17 August 2020. To ensure all members of the community were aware of this feedback phase the Local Board Chair wrote to all households, businesses and non-resident landowners on 13 July 2020 advising them of the feedback period for both the area plan and the local board plans. A total of 250 responses were received for the area plan.

196 of these were submitted from the residents of the Waiheke Local Board area, with 10 responses received from residents of other local board area and 44 did not state their local board area. 14 responses were received from community and business organisations.

What you said

An overwhelming majority of the feedback was supportive of the proposed vision. Most expressed their pride in Waiheke’s natural environment, unique landscape and character, thriving communities and commitment to future generations

Some 150 themes were identified in the feedback. The key themes are:

  • Clean up streams, wetlands and coastal waters
  • More pest and weed programmes
  • New marine protected areas
  • Move to sustainable tourism
  • Retain on-site wastewater management systems and drinking water supply
  • Monitor, educate and upgrade poorly performing on-site wastewater systems
  • Reduce sediment runoff
  • Prepare for climate change
  • Safe, accessible and well-connected footpaths and cycle lanes
  • Retain low-density village character
  • More housing choices
  • Move the Rural Urban Boundary/Do not move the Rural Urban Boundary
  • Enable affordable housing
  • More land for industry

What happened to your feedback?

The results of the consultation were shared with the Waiheke Area Plan Working Party (comprising of Waitematā Councillor Pippa Coom, Waiheke Local Board members, and Liane Ngamane from the Independent Māori Statutory Board).

A series of workshops to consider the feedback were held from December 2020 to June 2021.

The draft area plan has now been revised to incorporate changes in response to the feedback along with advice from technical experts and other relevant evidence.

Next steps

The next step in the process is to engage with the 3 iwi authorities, who are working alongside council to develop this area plan. They are:

  • Ngāti Paoa Iwi Trust
  • Ngāti Paoa Trust Board
  • Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Trust

The working party will consider their comments and finalise the area plan which will then be subject to formal local board approval at a public business meeting. Once adopted by the Waiheke Local Board, the plan will be available to view on Auckland Council’s website.

In November 2021 a feedback report will be made publicly available, summarizing the engagement undertaken and providing an analysis of the public feedback received.


By using Engagement HQ you have agreed to Auckland Council’s Privacy Policy. Your feedback will be published in Auckland Council reports and online. All other personal details will remain private. For more information, see Is my privacy protected?

Project Update August 2021

Consultation with the public was undertaken from 13 July to 17 August 2020. To ensure all members of the community were aware of this feedback phase the Local Board Chair wrote to all households, businesses and non-resident landowners on 13 July 2020 advising them of the feedback period for both the area plan and the local board plans. A total of 250 responses were received for the area plan.

196 of these were submitted from the residents of the Waiheke Local Board area, with 10 responses received from residents of other local board area and 44 did not state their local board area. 14 responses were received from community and business organisations.

What you said

An overwhelming majority of the feedback was supportive of the proposed vision. Most expressed their pride in Waiheke’s natural environment, unique landscape and character, thriving communities and commitment to future generations

Some 150 themes were identified in the feedback. The key themes are:

  • Clean up streams, wetlands and coastal waters
  • More pest and weed programmes
  • New marine protected areas
  • Move to sustainable tourism
  • Retain on-site wastewater management systems and drinking water supply
  • Monitor, educate and upgrade poorly performing on-site wastewater systems
  • Reduce sediment runoff
  • Prepare for climate change
  • Safe, accessible and well-connected footpaths and cycle lanes
  • Retain low-density village character
  • More housing choices
  • Move the Rural Urban Boundary/Do not move the Rural Urban Boundary
  • Enable affordable housing
  • More land for industry

What happened to your feedback?

The results of the consultation were shared with the Waiheke Area Plan Working Party (comprising of Waitematā Councillor Pippa Coom, Waiheke Local Board members, and Liane Ngamane from the Independent Māori Statutory Board).

A series of workshops to consider the feedback were held from December 2020 to June 2021.

The draft area plan has now been revised to incorporate changes in response to the feedback along with advice from technical experts and other relevant evidence.

Next steps

The next step in the process is to engage with the 3 iwi authorities, who are working alongside council to develop this area plan. They are:

  • Ngāti Paoa Iwi Trust
  • Ngāti Paoa Trust Board
  • Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Trust

The working party will consider their comments and finalise the area plan which will then be subject to formal local board approval at a public business meeting. Once adopted by the Waiheke Local Board, the plan will be available to view on Auckland Council’s website.

In November 2021 a feedback report will be made publicly available, summarizing the engagement undertaken and providing an analysis of the public feedback received.


By using Engagement HQ you have agreed to Auckland Council’s Privacy Policy. Your feedback will be published in Auckland Council reports and online. All other personal details will remain private. For more information, see Is my privacy protected?

  • Project Update

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Thank you to everyone who had their say on the draft Waiheke Area Plan. Consultation was extended to 17 August 2020 in response to the second COVID-19 lockdown.

    We received 250 pieces of feedback. These came via our online and hardcopy feedback forms, emails, and from our drop-in sessions.

    What happens next

    The project team are commencing a series of workshops with the Waiheke Area Plan Working Party (comprising of Waiheke Local Board members, Waitematā Councillor Pippa Coom and Liane Ngamane from the Independent Maori Statutory Board) in December 2020 and early 2021. The plan will be finalised following the incorporation of feedback and input from these workshops.

    We will update the project page with the key themes emerging from the feedback in mid – late January 2021, following the December workshop with the working party.

    Once finalised the plan will be available to view on Auckland Council’s Plans and Policies page online.

    If you have any questions please email us.

    Many thanks,

    Waiheke Area Plan Project Team

Page last updated: 30 September 2021, 17:04