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Planning to start a business in Hauraki?

Then make the Council a first port of call – just as you’d consult with your solicitor, accountant, or builder.

Local developer Murray PennellAs a business friendly council, we encourage development in the district, especially in the hospitality sector where there’s growing demand from Rail Trail users.


“It’s an exciting time. We’ve been getting a number of inquiries from people interested in starting enterprises,” says Council’s new senior planner Wendy Harris. “If you’re thinking about this, you’ll need to find out about things like the zoning of the property, and District Plan and Building Act requirements. We can help you with this.”

Staff available to help

We invite you to spend half an hour with one of our friendly economic development or planning team members, who are available in our Paeroa and Waihi offices (it’s best to make an appointment).

“We can advise you on choosing a site, and the best zones for your type of business,” says Wendy. “And remember to get a LIM report from us before purchasing property. It’s a $200 investment that could save you thousands of times more, and a lot of future stress.”

Even if you don’t have a site in mind, we can outline the issues you’ll need to address and link you up with other council staff who can help, such as engineers or building inspectors – all under one roof.

Local developer

Murray Pennell, builder and part-owner of Paeroa’s recently opened one3one bar and cafe, says that from the early stages of the project his “informal discussion around the table with council planners and building consent staff” was invaluable.

“David Fielden (economic development projects officer) came on board as a ‘case manager’ – that was a big thing. I had one key person to go to, who put me straight on to the right people to talk with. Having access to the information I needed saved me a lot of time with consultants.”