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Karamū Master Plan

The Karamū Master Plan is a study, incorporating input from a wide range of affected people and groups, that will ultimately guide the land use and development of the eastern side of Hastings (see map below) for generations to come.
The outcomes of the project are business cases and implementation plans of priority projects for development to provide a platform for long-term regional productivity gains.

What is the Karamū Master Plan project?

As Hastings grows and faces future pressure, it is timely to look at the type of community we want to create, particularly on the north-eastern side of Hastings.

To help us address the challenges and opportunities ahead we have started to work on a long-term blueprint to guide future land use – called the Karamū Master Plan.

No decisions have been made yet … this is a long-term strategic plan, stretching 30 to 100 years into the future, and its aim is help us manage land use activity in the area in a thought out way rather than a reactive planning approach.

A melting pot of opportunities, aspirations and potentially conflicting objectives exist in the study area, and they need to be balanced and assessed against the Council’s primary objective of protecting the productive capacity of the Heretaunga Plains and Mana Whenua aspirations for an area rich in cultural narratives that contribute to the history of Heretaunga.

The Karamū Master Plan is not a replacement for the Heretaunga Plains Urban Development Strategy (HPUDS), although it may inform its future development.

This exercise is about drawing out all of the different considerations and then exploring the scenarios, seeking the optimal balance to allow competing priorities to co-exist.

This project has received some government funding (from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF). The PGF is committed to ensuring the regional economy of New Zealand is built in a sustainable, inclusive and productive manner.

Project area

While the study area is a subset of the Hastings District, it is important to note this Master Plan will not be viewed in isolation; a broader selection of strategic information and data will feed into this, and benefits will wider reaching than the selected area.

KMP Area

What is a master plan?

A master plan is a long-term plan including analysis, recommendations, and proposals that connect physical, social, cultural, community and environmental aspects of an area.

Based on existing reports, input from public, and planning initiatives, the plan provides the overall future development framework, ensuring that appropriate services and infrastructure are available to support economic and community growth, including employment opportunities.

The purpose of a master plan is to create a cohesive plan the places appropriate emphasis on community, cultural, environmental and economic aspirations while also looking at required infrastructure, and utilising and protecting existing resources to meet intended outcomes.

A well-considered master plan has an important role in determining the shape of the urban environment. The Karamu Master Plan, with its associated business case(s) and implementation programme(s), will consider all factors to minimise inefficiencies, conflicts and issues if each of these projects work in isolation. It will provide a flexible framework that is able to respond to the changing needs of our community, environment and the economy over time.

Project principles

The Karamū Master Plan will:

Te Whakamana
Recognise and incorporate mana whenua interests and aspirations in both resource protection, enhancement and development.
Te Whakamahi
Provide ongoing involvement by key project partners, and with stakeholders.
Te whakamātau
Establish and evaluate cultural, social and environmental qualities and challenges of the area.
Te Whakamahere
Produce a master plan for land use, area development and infrastructure supported by a business case for implementation.


HDC and Mana Whenua are partnering to co design the Master Plan.

HDC has engaged a consultant team consisting of GHD and Boffa Miskell to apply their specific expertise to this project. This team is working on other master plan projects in New Zealand and has already delivered other projects for HDC in the past.

Development of this master plan will include extensive engagement and consultation with directly affected parties and the wider public to best understand stakeholder’s views and aspirations for the future. We encourage your participation – see below for further information.

Historical context

The Ngāti Hori, Ngāti Hāwea and Ngāti Hinemoa hapū ( tribes / people) hold mana whenua status across the Karamū area through some of their leaders being some of the [10] original grantees, awarded title to the Heretaunga Block by the Māori Land Court in 1866 and the Karamū Reserve in 1889. Today, the Karamū area sees the Waipatu and Ruahāpia marae at its heart along with other local marae connections too including Kohupātiki and Matahiwi. The Whakatū community also holds significant place within the Karamū area and so all of these marae, places and communities have an important role to play from the outset of this journey and will continue to be instrumental in any ongoing development.

Intended outcomes

It is intended that on completion of the final feasibility case and master plan we will:

  • Recognise and embrace our cultural and community aspirations, diversity and connections (food and recreation).
  • Ensure that the physical environment, including water, land and air, is safeguarded as a Taonga and used in a sustainable manner.
  • Provide the overall future development context, strategic goals and long-term implementation programme for the various linked initiatives.
  • Ensure that appropriate services and infrastructure are/will be available to support further economic and community development.
  • Ensure the areas economic resources are used efficiently, and a range of effective investment programmes are put in place to enable future economic growth and employment in the Hastings District.
  • Improve pathways to and through employment.
  • Attract further investment and job creating opportunities to assist Hastings to become a beacon for investment, new business, and skilled migrants.

Milestones and timeframes

The final feasibility and business case, and master plan were schedule for delivery by the end of 2020. Due to the implications of Covid-19, this project is now on hold – this decision will be revisited in June. We continue to accept community input via our MyVoiceMyChoice form.
This project consists of the following stages:

  1. Initiation
  2. Core deliverables, community engagement and feasibility assessment
  3. Master plan development
  4. Final business case and master plan

Get involved

We will provide regular updates throughout this project.

If you would like to speak to someone about the Karamū Master Plan please email the Project Manager Diana Paynter.

Have your say

Your input can assist in the identification of opportunities and issues that may impact the long-term development of the Karamū Master Plan. Visit My Voice My Choice to have your say.


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