Have your say on Wharf St East

Artist’s impression of what Wharf Street east could look like.

Tauranga City Council is encouraging the community to have its say on the long-term future design of Wharf Street east.

Council has identified Durham Street, Durham Lane, Elizabeth Street east, The Strand Extension (southern end), Wharf Street east and Aspen Reserve as key city centre streets and open spaces in the heart of the city that will be revitalised during the next three years.

The community is encouraged to share their thoughts (and free refreshments) with Elected Members and Council staff on Thursday, May 25, between 11am to 1pm, outside Bikaji Plaza restaurant on Wharf Street.

The community feedback will help Council to design these areas. If people cannot make it on Thursday, they can email their feedback to haveyoursay@tauranga.govt.nz.

City Transformation General Manager Jaine Lovell-Gadd says Wharf Street east has been trialled as a shared space with more opportunities for outdoor dining, and the streetscape project is an opportunity to consider its long-term future.

“We would like to develop the waterfront end of Wharf Street as a shared space to attract more people and provide greater prominence to dining and other outdoor activities. We could potentially re-connect Wharf Street to a new town wharf."



Posted on 01-06-2017 19:08 | By Mackka

I don't know how the "Flint Stone' outfit was ever allowed to operate within the Wharf Street eating precinct.It is a disgrace and an insult to what the council is trying to achieve! I thought a business had to submit a plan showing a high standard establishment. Businesses already operating in the street, of a much higher standard, had their submissions rejected. The 'flintstones' didn't spend a cent on their primitive tables and seating arrangements. If they did then more the fools them! The stuff can be found at the rubbish dump any day of the week!

Like something out of the Truman Show

Posted on 28-05-2017 02:31 | By Captain Hottie

'What's Wrong With This Picture'? 1. The guys with the bikes are not hooning through at 60km/h. 2. The woman with the heels hasn't caught them in the invariably loose cobblestones. 3. People aren't getting sunburned or soaked from exposure to the elements. 3. There aren't delivery vehicles and courier vans using it as a shortcut. 4. There are no older people.


Posted on 27-05-2017 14:23 | By Papamoaner

Fair comment. My observation is the seats. Public seating should always have leanbacks. Maybe they do it so people get uncomfortable and move on. I agree with your "face to face" sentiment.


Posted on 27-05-2017 10:53 | By surfsup

Yep realise that, the point I was making is simply that all these meetings set up by the council are always during the day when people are working. I assume they would have had concept drawings on show so people could see exactly what was planned, as well as being able to have a face to face with whoever was there.


Posted on 25-05-2017 20:32 | By Papamoaner

Hey, you need to read the article again. They have provided a means for those who can't make it on the day.

Wharf Street

Posted on 25-05-2017 12:49 | By surfsup

Hey Tauranga City Council. if you want community feedback don't make it at a time most people will be working.


Posted on 24-05-2017 22:19 | By Papamoaner

I empathise with your concerns, but what you are suggesting never works. We can't rob budget Peter to pay budget Paul. We can only make a budget for each project, including solving homelessness, and then get on with it, otherwise we would end up surrounded with half done jobs and nothing completed. That's why we have budgets.

Rid downtown of traffic!

Posted on 24-05-2017 09:42 | By Hater McHater

Closing Wharf street off to traffic is the absolute minimum first step. It's utterly ridiculous as it is - a very half arsed version of Eat Street in Rotorua. Would be great if they could shut off The Strand to regular traffic too (just allow service vehicles).

Cruise ships

Posted on 23-05-2017 22:53 | By Papamoaner

A wharf about opposite the Sulphur Point gate, near the bridge, would provide a reasonably short walk for cruise passengers. Not just a Wharf st/ Red square argument. The whole town centre would benefit.


Posted on 23-05-2017 21:27 | By Daisychains

How about you spend money on fixing the homeless persons crisis within town before making it "look more appealing". Because it'll look pretty bad if the strand looks flash and the homeless are still there asking for money from your pockets.

New wharf.

Posted on 23-05-2017 21:16 | By Papamoaner

The last line of the article sounds interesting. Is harbour dredging for cruise ships to tie up over here, a viable concept? At present, cruise passengers have a short walk to Mt Maunganui shops. Wouldn't it be great if they could tie up over here too, and make a short walk to the Strand. Tauranga has huge potential if we get adventurous and exploit it. More than 80 cruise ships here in the last 2 years (vide P.O.T). Exciting possibilities! Outdoor cafes everywhere. bring it on!

ahhh ahhh ahhh

Posted on 23-05-2017 19:45 | By Dazed and Confused

Ahhh Excuse Me testing testing 123 ....Where are the very expensive lights that were put up fell down and vanished? Are they around someones BBQ area or what?lets get rid of the pallets and open up the street again its a bloody nightmare.

Red Square Indeed

Posted on 23-05-2017 17:41 | By The Sage

Yes that "Artist's Impression" is the Red Square. Wonder how much input they will actually take on board. It wouldn't want to turn out like Wharf Street, as it is. Still think this was modelled on The Flinstones and Bedrock. Yabba dabba doo. All we need is pedal cars. It is an abomination.

Anti everything that pulses

Posted on 23-05-2017 16:40 | By Papamoaner

Fortunately Tauranga is populated by a majority of forward thinking folk that will support these initiatives that make the city a great place to visit.

Anti everything that pulses

Posted on 23-05-2017 16:40 | By Papamoaner

Fortunately Tauranga is populated by a majority of forward thinking folk that will support these initiatives that make the city a great place to visit.

going around in circles

Posted on 23-05-2017 15:27 | By rogue

Come on people how stupid are we? IDoesn't the "artist" impression look pretty similar to the red square?If restaurants / cafes want seating out the front make them move to an area already provided for them instead of letting rate payers cop the bill. Or close the whole of the strand & open the red square to traffic. I don't have a city planning degree, but graduated from the school of common sense on this one.


Posted on 23-05-2017 14:22 | By Papamoaner

Let's all get down there and share our ideas. Otherwise we can't say we weren't consulted.

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