Our key goal is to retain ownership of the land. Because of the number of beneficiaries, we believe the best plan is to focus on developments that provide benefits over time. We want to do this in a commercial way, because we believe that this approach will achieve the best outcomes for all of us.
There are significant costs associated with this, but also mutual benefits. For this reason, it is important for us to build good partnerships with our neighbours and make sure the associated costs are fairly shared.
To achieve this, we want to put in place a range of short, medium and long term leases so we can retain ownership and still benefit from the whenua. We can then build, own, and lease out the buildings, whether they are used for housing or light industrial buildings. This gives us the most flexibility and opportunity for the future. As much as we can, we will design, build and own all buildings using our collective talents.
Over time, we have explored a number of opportunities to develop the land however these have not been successful. This is because some uses of the land, like farming or cropping, are not viable because of its coastal, sandy soil. Now, with the growth in Tauranga, we can move ahead with work that will provide long-term returns back to our beneficiaries.
Over the past several years we have been working with the Tauranga City Council and neighbouring landowners to prepare for the eastward growth of Pāpamoa. We are now ready to work together to make the most of this opportunity in a way that fits our values and fulfils our responsibilities to beneficiaries.
At the same time, we have continued to stay engaged with our beneficiaries. We held a series of consultation hui in 2017 and received strong support from face to face talks with our people. After that we connected with a wider group of beneficiaries through a postal vote.
We sent voting forms to all beneficiaries with contact addresses recorded on our register. From that vote we received clear support to go further with our proposal.
We have continued to stay connected with our beneficiaries. We held a series of consultation hui and received strong support from face to face talks with our people.
The trustees consider the best option of all beneficiaries is to:
- Build a clear plan outlining our aspiration and vision for our land block
- Work with our neighbours to co-operate and develop partnerships for mutual benefit
- Work with the Tauranga City Council and Government to encourage investment in infrastructure
- Make use of development opportunities to provide benefits, grants and distribution to beneficiaries
Over the past 20-plus years, Tumu Kaituna land has been investigated for future urban development (light commercial, residential and recreational) as part of long term planning under the SmartGrowth strategy. SmartGrowth focuses on planned and sustainable growth in the Western Bay of Plenty.
More recently, Tauranga City Council has completed the Te Tumu Strategic Planning Study and has begun detailed investigations into a proposed plan change for the Pāpamoa East-Te Tumu areas. The Tumu Kaituna 14 trust land is part of this investigation.
Before we can benefit from these initiatives, we need to have infrastructure funded to our boundary. After that we need to develop infrastructure (like water/wastewater and roading) within our own block and to connect us with our neighbours.
There are significant costs associated with this, but also mutual benefits. For this reason, it is important for us to build good partnerships with our neighbours and make sure the associated costs are shared fairly.
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