Rototuna Village

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Ka toituu, ka ataahua te whakawhanake whenua ki Rototuna
Enabling the development of attractive and sustainable community in the Rototuna growth area.

The village aims to create a vibrant heart for the north-east Hamilton community, where people can meet, play and connect to the outdoors.

In 2018, Council set aside funding for the development of the Rototuna community facilities.

Money was set aside for:

  • a library
  • a community hub/meeting rooms
  • a village square
  • open recreation spaces
  • play spaces
  • car parking
We have tendered and selected a preferred party to develop and operate a pool. This is a commercial pool which we are negotiating public access for lane swimming and learn to swim. The pool has yet to be confirmed as both parties need to be comfortable with the risks and benefits.

We are also suggesting some changes to the streets to suit the more urban environment, making them suitable for increased numbers of pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.

Private developers are delivering office and retail spaces and their associated parking alongside our project.

What's happening now?

We've received the resource consents for the village development and have started construction on the $9.5 million Te Kete Aronui Rototuna Library and the community spaces.

The new library has a dual name – Te Kete Aronui and Rototuna Library. Te Kete Aronui was one of the three baskets of knowledge collected by Taane in the Maaori legend and reflects the role of the library as a community space for learning and knowledge.

Construction started in February 2022 and is expected to take 14 months with doors opening mid-2023. Once complete the multi-purpose library will provide small meeting rooms for group work and larger meeting rooms which can be booked for community events. Users will be able to access a range of Council services from the library, including rates payments and dog registrations.

In late April 2022, works started on the community spaces consisting of the village square, roading, footpaths, cycleways and some car parks. 

Design is continuing on a street style skate space for beginner to middle skill level users and an urban play area for a variety of ages. A third contract for the play and skate areas will be awarded later in the year with construction to follow.

Kirkdale Investments are continuing with their private development (mostly office and retail) and associated car parking.  Further information can be found about this private development at

Check out the Rototuna Village layout:

Want to know how we got here?

Refer to the 'how we got here' in the Additional Information side bar.

Check out what you said during the project's consultation phase.

The following bullet points are a snapshot of some common themes which came through when we engaged with the north-east community in October and November 2020. This also includes feedback from our focus group meetings with Te Haa o te Whenua o Kirikiriroa, North East Community Hub, representatives of school age children and persons with disabilities. 

Library and community hub

  • welcoming, friendly, comfortable
  • multicultural considerations e.g. in visual design elements
  • universal design (accessibility for all ages and abilities especially for people with disabilities and special needs)
  • different types of activities for different ages and abilities
  • connected to outdoors
  • safety.

Open space

  • safety (including and especially from the sun)
  • must feel like a nice space to sit and meet other people
  • must cater for all ages and abilities
  • would like lots of activity and things going on.

Page reviewed: 11 May 2022 1:43pm