Now that the process of developing an over-arching Waikato Plan is all but complete there is a big focus on successfully implementing it, says the independent chair of the Plan’s Joint Committee.

The Plan was signed off by the Joint Committee on Monday 19 June.

As the Plan’s final shape has been confirmed by the Joint Committee it will be up to individual councils to adopt it over coming weeks ahead of a formal Plan launch later this year.

Five high-level priorities have been identified in the Plan as the most important issues and opportunities facing the region:

  • planning for population change (growth and decline)
  • connecting communities through targeted investment
  • partnering with iwi Maori
  • addressing issues around the allocation and quality of water
  • advancing regional economic development. 

The top ten actions suggested to support these priorities are:

  1. Collaborate on a regional development strategy
  2. Identify the regional priorities for service and technical infrastructure 
  3. Identify how central government services can be provided to match community needs
  4. Advocate on behalf of regional transport priorities  
  5. Integrate Waikato and Auckland transport networks
  6. Encourage development of a nationally significant cycling and walking experience
  7. Establish a freight and logistics action group
  8. Work collaboratively to develop and encourage enduring partnerships that enable iwi/Māori aspirations to be achieved
  9. Develop the Waikato as a “Waters Centre of Excellence”
  10. Assist in implementing the current Waikato Means Business economic development strategy. 

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