Regional Strategies and Plans

Waikato River Vision and Strategy - Te Ture  Whaimana o Te Awa o Waikato

Te Ture Whaimana o Te Awa o Waikato is the primary direction setting document for the restoration and protection of the Waikato River. Te Ture Whaimana (Vision & Strategy) was developed more than ten years ago following a Treaty Settlement process between Waikato-Tainui and the Crown to ensure the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River.

The Waikato River Authority is responsible for the guardianship of Te Ture Whaimana, making sure it is relevant, effective and that its position as the primary direction setting document for the catchment is reinforced.

Waikato Regional Policy Statement: Te Tauākī Kaupapahere Te-Rohe O Waikato

The Waikato Regional Policy Statement (Te Tauākī Kaupapa here ā-Rohe), or RPS, is a mandatory document that provides an overview of the resource management issues in the Waikato region, and the ways in which integrated management of the region's natural and physical resources will be achieved.

Te Waka – Waikato Labour Market Strategy 2019 and Digital Waikato Strategy 2025 and Te Whare Ohaoha - Waikato Region Maaori Economic Action Plan and Agenda

Waikato Labour Market Strategy 2019 - The Labour Market Strategy explores ways to ensure that businesses can attract, develop and retain, and educational attainment in our youth and workforce. This 2019 Strategy arises from the work, of the region's overarching Economic Development Strategy has driven this review of the group's original 2014 Strategy. 

Digital Waikato Strategy 2025 - The Digital Waikato strategy provides a vision, objectives and approach to maximising digital technologies to engage, support and benefit communities, business, government and the tech sector in achieving collective aspirations for the future of Waikato.

Te Whare Ohaoho - The plan captures the potential of the current and emerging Waikato Maaori economy through a Te Ao Maaori (Maaori worldview) and Te Ao Hurihuri (contemporary worldview) lens. The plan provides a roadmap towards developing prosperous communities across the region.

Waikato Plan

Waikato's regional and local councils are taking a 'One Waikato' view for the future of our region.

This plan is currently under review.

Regional Housing Strategy – Waikato Housing Initiative (WHI)

The Waikato Housing Initiative (a collective of community leadership in the Waikato region focused on housing), sits under the umbrella of the 'Waikato Plan' which is an initiative of the Waikato Mayoral Forum. The Waikato Housing Initiative is supported by Waikato Regional Council. One of core focuses of the Waikato Initiative is the focus on Affordability and significantly increasing our region's affordable housing stock over the 3-5 years. There is a focus on pushing the private market to produce more of the right kind of housing to get government and community support.

The core activities of the Waikato Housing Initiative are advocacy, connection, and collaboration in relation to better housing outcomes.

Futur​e Proof

The growth strategy for Hamilton, Waipa and Waikato sub-region.

This plan is currently under review and will incorporate strategic direction that was previously outlined within the Metro Spatial Plan, Auckland Hamilton Corridor Plan and the 3 Waters sub-regional strategy.

Waikato Regional Active Spaces Plan

The purpose of the 2021 Waikato Regional Active Spaces Plan (the Plan) is to provide a high-level strategic framework for play, active recreation and sport facilities and spaces and places planning and optimisation across the region.

Waikato Regional Aquatics facilities Plan

The plan informs the Region and key stakeholders decision-making processes in outlining a best-practice aquatic facilities network for the Region to meet the current and future needs of its communities.

The plan identifies a number of key challenges facing aquatic provision in the region.

Moving Waikato 2025

Moving Waikato 2025 is the first unified strategy for sport, recreation and physical activity for the Waikato region. It seeks to build on the positive momentum of existing partnerships and to increase the provision of opportunities for both participation and sporting success for the people of the region.

Waikato Waste and resource efficiency Strategy (2015-2018)

The Waste and Resource Efficiency Strategy (WRES) describes how Waikato Regional Council will work with key stakeholders to achieve collective regional waste minimisation objectives.

Two key goals of the strategy are to:

  • protect our communities, land, water and air from harmful and hazardous wastes
  • encourage resource efficiency and beneficial reuse that creates sustainable, economic growth.

Creative Waikato – Arts & Cultural Ecosystem in the Waikato

Examines the role of the arts and culture within community and society and includes the Waikato Arts Navigator Framework, Arts and Cultural Ecosystem.

Waikato Creative Infrastructure Plan

The Waikato Creative Infrastructure Plan has been developed in recognition of the essential role that the creative arts play in our communities. The creative arts bring people together, build links between communities, and encourage pride and a sense of belonging. A creative economy is also vital for its role in social and economic health and regeneration, plus the health of the arts sector is a critical indicator of overall community wellbeing.

This is the first time the Waikato has reviewed its creative assets in this way and asked the question: "What national, regional and sub-regional infrastructure is required to support our communities for the next 30 years?". The report reveals that a coordinated response is required not only to grow our communities, but to protect against the loss of essential creative activity in the near future.

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