Diagram - timeline of Plan

Common evidence base development


The Mayoral Forum approved the development of a Waikato Plan in 2013.

February 2014

The Mayoral Forum adopted a set of headline strengths, challenges and opportunities for the Waikato Plan.

April 2014

Completion of the development of an extensive evidence base.  A large network of both technical experts and strategic partners to assist in the development of the Plan was established. 

June 2014

Invitations are released for the development of a joint committee to oversee the development of the Waikato Plan.

Early on in the process, Steven Wilson was appointed as an advisor on iwi matters and a member of the Waikato Plan Joint Committee.

September 2014

The first meeting of the Waikato Plan Joint Committee occurred.

November 2014

Confirmation of proposed Waikato Plan scope.

Early 2015

Evidence base updated.

A report was commissioned on Iwi Engagement and Connections with the Waikato Plan.

An Iwi Literature was prepared and, as part of this process, discussions with a number of iwi groups throughout the Waikato occurred.  The approach was to engage with as many iwi representatives as possible.

Stage 1 Project scope, priorities & strategic direction


June 2015

Headline strengths, challenges and opportunities updated.

Three initial priority work areas were agreed by the Joint Committee, based on the headline strengths, challenges and opportunities.

  1.  Maximising opportunities, including investment, through aligned planning
  2. Population Change – Growth and Decline
  3. Hamilton as the Waikato centre for innovation, employment and services, with a mutually beneficial economic relationship with the region’s rural areas

Stage 2
Wider plan structure & agreement strategic direction

September 2015

Project plans for the three initial projects were developed.

November 2015

Joint Committee considers draft strategic direction.

Stage 3
Spatial plan development & adoption of strategic direction









February 2016

Executive summary document and strategic direction developed and adopted by the Joint Committee as basis for full Plan development.

February 2016

A Strategic Partners Forum, including representatives from a wide range of organisations, was constituted.  Regular meetings of the Strategic Partners Forum have occurred, providing input into the drafting of the Waikato Plan document.

February to July 2016

A series of meetings and workshops were held with key implementation partners to assist with drafting the Plan.

April 2016

Executive summary document was updated, following Joint Committee feedback, and adopted by the Joint Committee.

June 2016

The Joint Committee was presented with a first draft of the full Waikato Plan.

Sep 2016

After refinement and editing following Joint Committee feedback, a second version of the draft Plan and a Summary Document were presented at a Joint Committee briefing. The purpose of the briefing was to allow visibility of the proposed draft Plan in advance of the October 2016 Local Government elections, and to allow Committee members to provide further feedback on the documents.

Dec - Feb 2017

Further revisions of the draft Plan were completed incorporating changes requests by the Joint Committee, Technical Reference Group and the Strategic Partners Forum.

Throughout 2015/16/17

Meetings occurred with the Waikato District Council/Waikato-Tainui Co-Governance Joint Committee, the Tainui Waka Alliance chairs and Hauraki Maori Trust Board.  Feedback was also received from the Waikato Regional Council’s iwi advisory group Tai-ranga-whenua, and the Future Proof tangata whenua reference group, Nga Karu Atua o te Waka.

Stage 4
Plan draft for consultation, hearings and final adoption

Feb 2017

Version 3 of the draft Plan completed to present to the Joint Committee on the 27th Feb to request approval for consultation.

Consultation,  Hearings and Final adoption - March to August 2017

Stage 5 Waikato Plan implementation arrangements and actions

Mid 2017 onwards