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Waipukurau South Growth Precinct

Investment unlocks land for new housing

Homes for Central Hawke's Bay

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On 17 November 2022, the Government announced that Central Hawke's Bay District Council will receive $10.9 million to fund critical infrastructure to unlock land for new housing within the Waipukurau South Growth Precinct between Pōrangahau and Tavistock Roads. 

This is very exciting news for a thriving and growing Central Hawke's Bay, as this funding will enable up to 950 homes to be built on these 50 hectares, supporting a range of dwelling types from retirement housing to larger blocks open to market, and smaller homes.

The Waipukurau South Growth Precinct incorporates the old Waipukurau hospital site and several other landholdings, and has been seen as a very important piece of development land for over twenty years. It is zoned General Residential under current operative and the Proposed Central Hawke’s Bay District Plan.

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The infrastructure works will include various transport improvements, several kilometres of new pipeline for wastewater and water supply, a new water reservoir, and major stormwater upgrades.

If you'd like to be kept updated, join our Homes for CHB mailing list by emailing: with your name and email address.

Read our November 2022 community flyer here.

Read our November 2022 media release here.

Our vision for the Waipukurau South Growth Precinct

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Strategic Growth

The development responds to the future housing needs of the Central Hawke’s Bay area whilst ensuring new residents are provided with a good level of amenities.

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The provision of housing choice and affordability through ensuring varying lot sizes are delivered that support different price points with the ability to respond to changes in market demand over time.

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Enhanced Connectivity

A development that is integrated with the existing Waipukurau street and cycle network through the provision of connected streets and pathways, and encourages the use of active modes of transport and decreasing carbon emissions.

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A place that allows for an increase in residential density in appropriate locations while enhancing the character of Waipukurau with good connectivity to the town centre and surrounding wider area.

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Provision of a new open space area and the use of water sensitive design to address the constraints of storm water management, restore natural wetland area and improve water quality and biodiversity of the area.

Frequently Asked Questions 

No. Only infrastructure funding is coming through Kāinga Ora. Land within the Waipukurau South Precinct is owned by several private landowners and developers, who will be responsible for building on their land. It is foreseen that a mix of house types will be built on the site over the next 10-15 years. There is a Kāinga Ora development proposed for the other side of Pōrangahau Road, on land where the old maternity ward used to be. 

Kainga Ora is providing $10.9m of funding to contribute towards the infrastructure. The balance of costs for the project will be met by developers, through development contributions, and by Council from funds that were already set aside for infrastructure improvements in the area in the last Long Term Plan.

One of the key principles shared by both Kāinga Ora and Council, is that developers are expected to pay for their fair share of the infrastructure development costs.


Council will continue to play a role in coordinating future development to take place in the Waipukurau South Growth Precinct, including working with developers to ensure that the vision for the area outlined above is delivered. 

 In delivering the infrastructure required to enable development to take place, in particular with the provision of solutions to remedy the stormwater issues that currently exist on site through the provision of stormwater detention areas, Council will contribute to the provision of open spaces and amenity values in the area. 

Ultimately developers will decide how their sites will be developed, Council foresees that a mix of housing types will be delivered over time in the Precinct. 

Council believes up to 950 homes could be built on the site over a projected fifteen-year period. Development Area 1 we anticipate will be the first area for new homes. 

The infrastructure that will be delivered through this funding will enable areas close to the Precinct to be developed – such as for example the old maternity ward site that is owned by Kainga Ora at 118Porangahau Road. 

Furthermore, and in time, the delivery of the infrastructure will enable Council to deliver on the vision outlined above – with a particular focus on the provision of open spaces, amenity values, and connectivity (in particular walking and cycling) to the Waipukurau town centre. 

We’ll be keeping you informed through regular newsletters, website updates and meetings. You can join our Transforming CHB mailing list by signing up at a meeting or emailing:

The projects required will work in the road corridor, with new pipelines to be installed in and around the development area, the high-level overview of planned projects can be viewed on our website: here.


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