Hamilton-Auckland is New Zealand’s most significant transport and river corridor. It also has high natural and cultural values. As such, it’s a key asset for its people and the region.
There are both opportunities and challenges in the corridor:
- Significant long term development potential: For example, there is significant housing and employment growth potential in the Drury-Paerata-Pukekohe-Tuakau-Pokeno cluster in the north, and in the greater Hamilton area that stretches from Ngāruawāhia in the north to Cambridge and Te Awamutu in the south.
- High growth in Hamilton, Cambridge, Te Awamutu and Ngāruawāhia is leading to an emerging metropolitan area that sits across local government boundaries.
- Limits to growth: There are some limitations around Hamilton city (peat and high quality soils) but the limitations for the communities along the corridor are far greater in magnitude. Some of the have more limited population growth potential due to enduring natural constraints, such as elite soils that are critical for growing food, and floodplains. However, all of them have potential and imperatives for revitalisation and more limited targeted development.
- Successful development will require investment: Realising the full potential will require supporting investments in social and network infrastructure, as well as services. Water, wastewater, flood and drainage, and a range of new regional, metro and intercity public transport service improvements will be key.