Waikato Plan

Cover of planThe Waikato Plan was initiated by the Waikato Mayoral Forum in 2013 to provide one collective voice on important issues that affect the Waikato now and in the future.

The Plan is based on two principles:

  1. Together we are stronger. Collaboration builds strength and understanding, fills gaps, and cuts duplication.
  2. To succeed as a region, all parts of the Waikato must be as successful as they can be.

The Plan is a reflection of close working relationships between leading organisations in the Waikato. This united approach will help co-ordinate and guide decision-making on complex regional-scale issues like population change, transport, water, economic development and the environment. It identifies long-term regional priorities to ensure challenges that don’t sit neatly with one agency, are captured and planned for. The Plan will help guide investment in our region from both the public and private sectors. It will help ensure appropriate funding goes to agreed priority areas, in a timely way. It clearly identifies how much money we need and where funding might come from and details how priorities will be addressed.

The Plan was adopted by partner councils in July/August 2017. Implementation will be overseen by a joint committee, the Waikato Plan Leadership Group, comprising of local government, community, business, iwi and government agency members.

The Plan is focused on five priority areas:

  1. Planning for population change
  2. Connecting our region through targeted investment
  3. Partnering with Iwi/Māori
  4. Addressing water allocation and quality, and
  5. Advancing regional economic development (through Waikato Means Business(external link)).

More information on the Waikato Plan is available at waikatoplan.co.nz(external link)