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Our direction and priorities for the Hauraki District are outlined in our Long Term Plan. The Plan sets out what we intend to do, and how much it will cost for the next ten years. We also have separate strategies and plans that outline our vision and goals for the District’s economic, social and environmental wellbeing and detail how we are going to achieve those goals. Some documents, like our District Plan, include rules that we need to enforce.

We also have several policies, many of which we have to develop because it’s required by law. Some we have chosen to develop because we think it’s important to be clear on where we stand on that particular issue.

Our Policies


Our Local Alcohol Policy sets out rules for the sale and supply of alcohol in our district. Our District Licensing Committee must consider these rules when it makes decisions on issuing or renewing a licence to sell or supply alcohol.

Local Alcohol Policy 2022 [PDF, 962 KB] Adobe PDF document 

Activity Management

We manage our physical assets on behalf of the community, including both network services and community facilities. This policy sets out the requirements for appropriate management of these assets.

Activity Management Policy 2020 [PDF, 866 KB] Adobe PDF document

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)

We have several CCTV cameras operating in the district to support community safety. This policy outlines the purpose for collecting CCTV footage, how the CCTV system will be operated, and how privacy impacts will be minimised.

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Policy 2016 [PDF, 152 KB] Adobe PDF document
Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement

Councils have a responsibility to apply the Resource Management Act and carry out compliance, monitoring and enforcement relating to the effects of land use, noise, and subdivision. This policy sets out how we will monitor rules/standards and how we can promote compliance. It also provides direction and certainty about when and how enforcement officers may use their discretionary power.

Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement Policy 2022 [PDF, 821 KB] Adobe PDF document

Dangerous and Insanitary Buildings

Our dangerous and insanitary buildings policy outlines our approach to identifying and inspecting potentially dangerous or insanitary buildings. It also explains the enforcement approach our officers will take if buildings need to be fixed.
This policy does not include actions that owners of earthquake-prone buildings must take to bring those buildings up to earthquake standards, as required in the Building Act 2004. For more information on this please see ‘Earthquake-prone Buildings’ below. 

Dangerous and Insanitary Buildings Policy 2020 [PDF, 775 KB] Adobe PDF document  

Development Contributions

Development contributions help to pay for growth-related infrastructure like a larger Council water reservoir to supply water to a development. When someone applies for consents or connections for development (such as subdividing land or undertaking building work) they will need to pay money to fund growth related infrastructure. This policy outlines what capital projects the Council will charge development contributions for and how much developers need to pay. It comes into effect on 1 July 2021.

Development Contributions Policy 2021 [PDF, 1.6 MB] Adobe PDF document

You can read more about the types of development that will likely trigger the requirement to pay development contributions and how development contributions are calculated on our development contributions page

For information on Financial Contributions collected under the Resource Management Act 1991, refer to section 7.10 of the Hauraki District Plan or section 10.0 of the Franklin District Plan.

Hauraki District Plan |  Franklin District Plan 

Directors of Council Organisations

A council organisation is, in broad terms, an organisation in which the Council has a voting interest or the right to appoint a director. This policy outlines how we will select and appoint directors of council organisations and council-controlled organisations. It also outlines policies on the remuneration of directors.

Directors of Council Organisations Policy [PDF, 732 KB] Adobe PDF document 

Dog Control

Our Dog Control Policy outlines where dogs must be on-leash and the location of dog exercise areas. It also contains rules about our responsible owner licence scheme (which encourages responsible dog ownership) and policies about dangerous and menacing dogs. We also have a dog control bylaw, which enables us to enforce rules about dog control.

Dog Control Policy [PDF, 624 KB] Adobe PDF document

Earthquake-prone Buildings

The national earthquake-prone building system was put in place to ensure earthquake-prone buildings are managed consistently across the country. It also provides more information for people using buildings, such as notices on earthquake-prone buildings and a public register. You can search the register and read about managing earthquake-prone buildings at the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment’s Building Performance website.

As part of the national system we classified some of the streets and footpaths in our district as ‘busy thoroughfares’. What this means and the implications for earthquake-prone buildings in our district can be found on our page about The National Earthquake-prone Buildings System

Easter Sunday Shop Trading

The Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 allows councils to develop a policy to control whether shops are permitted to open in their district on Easter Sunday. Our policy is to allow shops to open on Easter Sunday across the Hauraki District.

Local Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy 2021 [PDF, 680 KB] Adobe PDF document

Financial Policies

Our Revenue and Financing Policy sets out how we intend to pay for each activity we’re involved in, and why. Our Liability and Investment Policy outlines our objectives in terms of liability and how financial and equity investments are to be managed. We also have policies on the remission (cancellation) and postponement of rates.

Revenue and Financing Policy [PDF, 173 KB] Adobe PDF
Rates Remissions and Postponement Policies [PDF, 302 KB] Adobe PDF
Liability and Investment Policy [PDF, 418 KB] Adobe PDF

Our Gambling Policy outlines whether or not new class 4 gambling venues (pokies) and new TAB venues may be established in the district, and if so where they may be located. It also outlines our policy on relocation of venues. This policy must be considered before consent can be issued to operate these venues.

Gambling venue consents, forms and policy

Legal Highs

This policy restricts the location where people can sell psychoactive products in our district. The Psychoactive Substances Regulatory Authority must consider our policy when making decisions on licence applications to sell these products.

Local Approved Products (Legal Highs) Policy 2014 [PDF, 1.7 MB] Adobe PDF document

Litter Infringement

We want to keep Hauraki beautiful and believe that people should be fined for littering. This policy sets out our decision on issuing infringements for littering in our district and the fees. It also provides guidance to staff on enforcement.

Litter Infringement Policy [PDF, 185 KB] pdf.gif
Significance and Engagement

We engage with our community on a number of matters to understand the views and preferences of people likely to be affected by or interested in a proposal or decision. This policy outlines at a high level, if, when and how we will engage with you. 

Significance and Engagement Policy [PDF, 565 KB] Adobe PDF document
Smokefree and Vape free

This educational policy encourages people to refrain from smoking and vaping by promoting smokefree and vapefree public outdoor areas and public events. The aim is this policy will help to achieve our long term goal of creating a smokefree Hauraki district.

Smokefree & Vapefree Policy [PDF, 549 KB] Adobe PDF document


Our Plans and Strategies

Annual Plan and Annual Report

Our Annual Plan details our activities, work programmes and services, and financial and funding statements, for the period 1 July to 30 June. It is closely linked to the Long Term Plan and essentially updates what was detailed in that Plan for that financial year.

Our Annual Report for the financial year ended 30 June, outlines our financial and non-financial performance for the past year.

Annual Plan |  Annual Report

District Plan

The District Plan contains rules for how landowners and occupiers can build on or develop their land. The zone that your land is located in will determine what activities and development you can do on your property as of right, and what activities or development that you would first need a resource consent for.

District Plan

Growth Strategy

Our Growth Strategy addresses the opportunities and challenges of managing population growth and development in a sustainable way. It provides a level of certainty to the community and the market by delivering a framework for guiding future growth decisions. It identifies future areas for development and where we will require additional infrastructure to meet the needs of our growing communities.

Growth Strategy Te Rautaki Whakatipu 2050 [PDF, 2.5 MB] Adobe PDF document

Long Term Plan

Every three years we prepare a long term plan. It’s our key strategic planning document that sets out our priorities, what we intend to do, and how much it will cost, for the next ten years and 30 years for our infrastructure assets.

Long Term Plan

Manaaki Toiora Strategy

The Manaaki Toiora Strategy sets out the work we’ll continue to undertake alongside our communities and stakeholders to enhance the wellbeing of people and our communities. The Strategy identifies our five priority areas for the next ten years and the associated actions. The priority areas are; well-housed people, healthy people, vibrant creative spaces, business attraction and supporting local, and growing skill and the local workforce. 

Manaaki Toiora Strategy [PDF, 5.6 MB] Adobe PDF document

Reserve Management Plan

Our Reserve Management Plan provides a guideline for what can happen on the parks and reserves into the future.

Reserve Management Plan Te Rautaki mō ngā Whenua tāpui 

Speed Management Plan

Our Speed Management Plan includes short-term and long-term road safety goals, speed limits, and future improvements to roads to support changes in speed limits if and when required. This is to ensure vehicle speeds are appropriate for the areas where we live, work and go to school, is part of our commitment to reducing deaths and serious injury on the District roads. Our Speed Management Plan relates to roads we have control over, which doesn’t include state highways. A separate Speed Management Plan will be developed by Waka Kotahi for all state highways.

Hauraki District Council Interim Speed Management Plan Volume 1 [PDF, 1.4 MB] Adobe PDF document

Hauraki District Council Interim Speed Management Plan Volume 2 [PDF, 8.2 MB] Adobe PDF document

The timing for the speed limits to come into force will depend on how much physical work is required to support the speed limit change. The current speed limits for our roads in the Hauraki District can be viewed on the National Speed Limit Register (NSLR). The NSLR provides an online, maps-based, central source of speed limits for roads in New Zealand.

Sport and Active Recreation Plan

Hauraki District Council and Sport Waikato work together to support the provision of sport, recreation and physical activity opportunities for the Hauraki community.  Working together the plan is designed to provide direction for future investment and focus for both the Hauraki District Council, Sport Waikato and providers of sport
in the district.

Sport and Active Recreation Plan [PDF, 4.5 MB] pdf

Tourism Strategy

Our tourism strategy, Destination Hauraki, sets out our vision for Hauraki District to be a sustainable and inclusive tourism industry that contributes value to its communities, environment and visitors. It is focused on working together (kotahitanga), guardianship (kaitiakitanga) and hospitality(manaakitanga).

Tourism Strategy [PDF, 1.4 MB] Adobe PDF document

Waikato Plan

The Waikato Plan is the overarching strategic plan for the whole of the Waikato region. It was developed by the region’s leaders to address the challenges the region faces. It provides an action plan to support the integrated development of the region for the next 30 years.

Waikato Plan website

Waste Management and Minimisation

Our Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) is our plan for reducing waste to landfill and minimising the harmful effects of waste in our district. The plan contains an overview of the waste issues we’re facing in our district, with our goals, objectives, and action plan to achieve them.

No Time to Waste Tiakina a Papa Mimiti te Para WMMP 2022 [PDF, 3.9 MB] Adobe PDF document

Zero Carbon Promise

Our Zero Carbon Promise sets out how we will work toward achieving our goal to reduce or offset more of our organisational greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to creating a zero carbon district.

Zero Carbon Promise [PDF, 2.6 MB] Adobe PDF document

You can read the full Waikato Region and Hauraki District Greenhouse Gas Inventories on our Climate Change page.