Village centre deal signed


The long awaited Tamahere village centre took a big leap forward today when the Waikato District Council and developer Fosters signed an agreement.

Tamahere village centre
A concept plan of the proposed Tamahere village centre

The deal is for a “commercial hub” of boutique retail outlets to be located on the corner of Devine Road and Wiremu Tamihana Drive.

The hub stems from combined council and Tamahere community efforts over the past few years and the search for a developer began last June.

Tamahere Councillor Wally Hayes believes the village centre will enhance Tamahere’s popularity as the lifestyle area of choice.

Tamahere is one of the highest growth areas within Waikato district.

Mayor Allan Sanson said he was pleased to see the project coming to fruition.

“The late Tamahere Ward Councillor Wally Pollock, along with former Waikato District Council Chief Executive Warwick Bennett, were involved in the early days of the land purchase.

“It is fantastic to see this development has evolved with input from a wide range of people, including current Councillor Wally Hayes, and I’m excited to think what this area will look like in the future.

“Over the years the community has invested significantly in it and by all accounts the hub will meet their needs and expectations,” he said.

Connected to the Tamahere Recreation Reserve via a central courtyard, the hub is expected to provide a meeting place for locals. Plans for the recreation reserve, which is already under construction, provide for playing fields, a skate park, a playground and a fitness trail.

Fosters’ Development Manager Tony McLauchlan said it was a significant opportunity for his company to work on the hugely anticipated project.

“As a local company, Foster Develop is proud of its history and connection to the Waikato. Securing the ability to develop the area in Tamahere presents us with another great opportunity to work with locals and local business to provide an exciting and vibrant space for Tamahere residents to enjoy.”

A working group of Tamahere Community Committee members, Fosters and Council staff has been established to enable delivery of the overall vision of the hub for Tamahere residents.

8 thoughts on “Village centre deal signed

  • March 9, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Hi there, when is work expected to start on the recreation area and shopping centre?

    • March 9, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      According to this story, Cafe, bar, grocer for village, the developer, Fosters, hopes to start the commercial area in the next few months and have it open by early 2018.

  • May 5, 2016 at 5:07 pm


    How will this link to the proposed Peacockes, southern link road?

  • May 5, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Hi there
    Could I please get more info into shop lease ect
    If someone could email so we can chat more

    Regards Amanda

  • May 3, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    When will the local community have the opportunity to view these plans and have opportunity for input and discussion on the proposed development?

    • May 4, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Hi Robin, there has been extensive community consultation over the design for the community hub dating back to at least 2011. As a result the council came up with a design template, which is what the developers will be working to. Here’s one story of many referring to the consultation.


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