The Waikato Plan has identified 5 regional priorities and 10 key actions to support them.

The draft Waikato Plan has identified 5 regional priorities and 10 key actions to support them.

  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).

These five issues have been identified by the Waikato Plan Joint Committee as the most important priorities facing the region, with the greatest opportunity to make demonstrable, positive change. In order to be addressed, they will require a collective, regional response. 

Priority 1: People planning for population change

Key action 1: Collaborate on a Regional Development Strategy

Success is when: A high level development strategy is completed to identify and address the top development priorities for the region, which will draw together existing community plans, growth management and spatial development strategies and close the gaps for areas without plans.

Key action 2: Identify the regional priorities for service and technical

Success is when: We clearly understand the regionally significant service and technical infrastructure priorities, and in relation to those priorities, we carry out a stock take of the efficiency, effectiveness and future affordability of local infrastructure delivery (such as water reticulation, footpaths, schools etc.).

Key action 3:  Identify how Central Government services can be provided to match community needs

Success is when: We know exactly what government services are needed - and where - so they are provided in a united way.

Priority 2: Connections - Connecting our communities through targeted investment

Key action 4: Advocate on behalf of regional transport priorities 

Success is when: Agreed transport priorities for the Waikato region are included in the 2018-2048 Regional Land Transport Plan.

Key action 5: Integrate Waikato and Auckland transport networks

Success is when: Waikato and Auckland transport networks are well integrated, with shared evidence used for planning and improved access between regions.

Key action 6: Encourage development of a nationally significant cycling and walking experience

Success is when: A framework is developed and funding for implementation is found. Trails form an integrated network.

Key action 7: Establish a freight and logistics action group

Success is when: A freight and logistics action group is established that provides cross-boundary, inter-regional commercial leadership and advocates on behalf of the freight sector.

Priority 3: Iwi - Partnering with iwi Māori

Key action 8: Work collaboratively to develop and encourage enduring partnerships that enable iwi/Māori aspirations to be achieved

Success is when: A greater number of collaborative partnerships are in place that are working towards iwi/Māori aspirations being acheived.

Priority 4: Environment - Addressing water allocation and quality

Key action 9: Develop the Waikato as a Waters Centre of Excellence

Success is when: A Freshwater Research Institute is established which looks at interdisciplinary freshwater research, and the region works together to become recognised as a Waters Centre of Excellence.

Priority 5 - Economy - Advancing regional economic development

Key action 10: Assist in implementing the Waikato Economic Development Strategy (Waikato Means Business)

Success is when: The implementation of Waikato Means Business is actively supported by the Waikato Plan and its partners.