Kaipara growth positive

Mayor Jason Smith encourages Kaipara residents to join the new KDC Peoples’ Panel to complete surveys and offer feedback on council services

According to recent information released by Statistics New Zealand, the Kaipara District has experienced a 3.1% growth. It is the largest non-city region in the North Island to do so, and mayor Dr Jason Smith is extremely confident about the future potential the area has.

“There were around 700 new people to the district in the last 12 months, and with just 100 of these being new births this shows there is a significant interest being shown in what is on offer in the Kaipara,” he said.

There has been an increase in resource consents also, leading the Kaipara District Council to redo the District Plan to enable it to effectively manage the current and future growth.

The planned upgrade of the current roading infrastructure between Te Hana and Whangarei, if it were to proceed as indicated to the west of the Brynderwyns, would direct traffic through Maungaturoto further increasing the potential for growth in this area.

“This is the time to not only preserve what we have but to build economic opportunities,” said Mayor Smith. “Maungaturoto has such potential due to the foresight of community leaders to create such a welcome mat for leaders of the future.”

“Growth statistics are just the beginning for the growth we have ahead. We have turned a corner, and our challenge now is to manage it well.”


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