$700m to replace old Tauranga facilities

Commission chair Anne Tolley. Photo: John Borren/SunLive.

Tauranga City Council Commissioners are including $700m to replace old community facilities with new ones in the city’s community focused Long-Term Plan.

“Community facilities have been neglected for far too long in Tauranga and residents deserve a city that provides great accessible experiences and recreation facilities. We want to enable people of all ages to do the things they enjoy,” says commission chair Anne Tolley.

“We heard from so many in the community that better facilities, like a new aquatic centre, library and enhanced play, including skate parks, basketball courts and destination playgrounds were a priority. We have a lot of catching-up to do, but I’m excited for the future.”

Council general manager community services, Gareth Wallis, says he’s heartened by the level of funding that has been allocated over the next 10 years to support Tauranga.

“The last year has made us all realise that our amenities hold huge value in our everyday lives.

“The chance to improve what we have, as well as build fantastic new community facilities for everyone to enjoy is something that drives our team.”

This sentiment was echoed in the many submissions received by Tauranga City Council as part of the Long-Term Plan consultation.

Some of the top projects to receive funding include:

Memorial Park redevelopment

Memorial Park will receive a significant portion of the investment fund for its aquatic pool project ($52m) as well as a walkway that will connect the park to the city centre ($19m), the upgrade of the surrounding Memorial Park space ($3m) and the indoor courts project ($40m).

The commissioners also recognised that the community like to be active in and enjoy its open spaces.

This has brought about a review of the Sport and Active Living Strategy, which will involve staff jointly with Sport Bay of Plenty considering and responding to what the community would like for all of the community recreational needs.

This will include formal sport occurring on Blake Park, Gordon Spratt Reserve, Alice Johnson Reserve and Fergusson Park.

New central library

Funding of $52m was agreed for a long overdue new library for Tauranga’s CBD, which will be a hub for the community in the heart of the city, and the first step to the revitalisation programme for the city centre.

Bay Oval

The Bay Oval is set to hold the Women’s Cricket World Cup in early 2022.

The need to continually develop this city-wide asset on Blake Park was recognised by a $1.7m contribution to the continued development of facilities there to support tournaments and community use into the future.


The skating and roller sports community will receive an investment of $50k per year for short term upgrades to existing skatepark facilities and $670k was added to the Long-Term Plan in 2023 to build a facility, with the location still to be decided.

Shade budget

The provision of an artificial shade budget of $400k per year will be used to install shade over a number of open space play areas with additional funds added to support planting large trees that will provide natural shade in the years to come.


Accessible play is an important part of creating a city that caters for people of all ages and abilities and therefore a budget of $400k per year was also approved to improve accessibility to all of our spaces and places and ensure Tauranga ca lead the way.

Basketball courts

To address a city-wide shortfall for indoor courts, $35k will be spent on a feasibility study to assess whether Toi Ohomai could host more basketball for the city.

Further opportunities will also be explored as mentioned above under Memorial Park redevelopment that could bring forward the indoor courts project at Memorial Park ($40m) in response to submissions from the basketball community that are vying for indoor court space.

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Oh my goodness, the delusion

Posted on 10-07-2021 08:44 | By Kaimai

I’d love to live in Tauranga...but there’s no way I can afford it, and I suspect a lot of other people won’t be able to afford it soon either. When did wishlist items become essentials? I can just imagine sitting in the Cameron road carpark, the one that goes from Park street to Barkes Corner ... a shade budget? Maybe the shade budget is for EVs to park under while they are stationary.

Lets talk about your

Posted on 09-07-2021 21:57 | By nerak

remuneration Anne and the other 3. “Remuneration will be paid by the council at a rate of $1800 a day for the chair and $1500 a day for commissioners." And:Tolley was paid $602.66 for mileage and $11,153.94 for expenses, including meals and accommodation. More than $26,000 paid to the commissioners for mileage and expenses.Tolley was paid $160,200 for 89 days. Tolley tracking to be paid almost $290,000 in 2021. And then there’s her 3 mates...No wonder Anne looks like the cat that got the cream

These guys are good...

Posted on 09-07-2021 19:35 | By morepork

The Commission is demonstrating political dexterity and experience. They know it is good to be known for backing things people want. And it deflects focus from the issues that led to them being installed in the first place. We DO want most of the things on the list, but we also want a stop to non-essential projects until we can afford them, and until there is a democratically elected Council that has the maturity and competence to replace the Commission and get essential projects back on track. They know that if you argue for attention to essential infrastructure like roads, housing, and rate rise minimization, you will be seen to be blocking other "feelgood" projects and they can rightly say it wasn’t their fault... The Teflon touch seems to be part of the general failure to take responsibility which is being shown by the current government.


Posted on 09-07-2021 17:56 | By

We live in a uniquely beautiful place. Nature did us a golden, but we have not met that challenge. The pool at memorial park is a monument to our grandparents foresight - it is our turn to modernize it. All around NZ cities have shown initiative to do more with less than we have in natural blessings. Why are we so hesitant? Maybe we are focused on the money so much that we have forgotten to build with inspiration and optimism. A hive is not a home.

Free spend

Posted on 09-07-2021 16:56 | By

It’s easy to spend somebody’s money with no accountability.

Another Skateboard Park?

Posted on 09-07-2021 13:21 | By

Let’s hope this turns out better than the Phoenix carpark in Mount Maunganui.

Skateboard park

Posted on 09-07-2021 12:25 | By Johnney

We happen to have a multi $Million skate park downtown Mt Maunganui. No one else appears to use it except for Sunday markets when the kids are sleeping in anyway.


Posted on 09-07-2021 11:58 | By dumbkof2

good to see a museum wasn’t included in that lot


Posted on 09-07-2021 11:54 | By Merlin

Not much difference being seen by the Commissioners to how the Council ran things. Not much mention of the real issues.I agree with treekiwi.

Money and tax

Posted on 09-07-2021 10:51 | By

The un-elected rubber stampers are at it again. No thought for the people paying the land tax, you can see why its going up 20%. They said essentials, these are not essentials.

Enough of the feelgood nonsense

Posted on 09-07-2021 10:15 | By

and put your energy into sorting the real issues.