Māpua Masterplan moves to the next stage

We want to say a big thank you to the Māpua community for their ongoing support and contribution to the creation of the Māpua Masterplan.

The latest round of engagement closed on 10 March. Thanks to all those who gave their feedback online and in person.

Our community drop-in sessions on Saturday 10 and Thursday 29 February drew more than 300 people to the Māpua Community Hall, with more than 200 people attending the Thursday session alone.

This level of support ensures we have a solid base of information that represents community sentiment going forward.

We are now busy collating the votes and comments provided in this latest round of engagement. A thorough summary of the feedback will be made publicly available as soon as possible.

Throughout the engagement period (10 February – 10 March 2024), we received more than 350 in-person, written or emailed pieces of feedback, as well as 287 contributions online on Shape Tasman. This number may increase once the final analysis is complete.

We have now completed step five of eight in the Masterplan process. The next step is the finalising of a draft Masterplan which will then be circulated for public review.

You’ll then have the opportunity to provide submissions ahead of hearings and deliberations, before we make a final decision on the Masterplan later this year.

Seaton Valley options

Aranui Village Options

Higgs Road Options

Waterfront/Grossi Point Options

Catchment Management Plan

The Ten Principles

Image of the 10 principles guiding the plan.

Options and Actions

The Options and Actions proposed to address the issues identified for Māpua are laid out in table form.

All of the Options outlined in the document are shown spatially in the maps available on the tabs above and feedback forms on Options are also provided there.

The Actions seek to address an issue where an option is not proposed. Please download and read the document for details of the Actions identified and provide feedback using the form below.

Early engagement 2023 summary

Thanks so much to everyone who has shown an interest, attended one of our four drop-in sessions at the Community Hall on Saturday 2, and Thursday 14 September, and contributed feedback on the Māpua Masterplan.

The initial phase of public engagement closed on 30 September.

We had a great response from the Māpua community during the early engagement round. Your feedback and suggestions will be a big help as we move forward with the Masterplan's development.

Our team spoke to over 300 members of the public during the four drop-in sessions held in the village.

More than 1,000 pieces of feedback were received during the engagement round, from written submissions provided at the drop-in sessions to the many online contributions through the Shape Tasman website.

This graph offers an overview of the main aspects and issues raised;

A full summary of the feedback is available in the Resources section of this page.


We’re planning for future growth and development in Māpua, and we need your feedback to guide our future conversations.

In te reo Māori, Māpua translates to ‘a place of abundance’ and there are plenty of reasons why people choose to live in or visit this wonderful part of Tasman. How we go about maintaining its character while managing key projects and changes in the years ahead requires careful consideration.

The aim of the Māpua Masterplan is to develop an integrated plan, in collaboration with the community and iwi, that brings together Council planning processes to address key issues and opportunities. More importantly, it should reflect the aspirations of this growing coastal community.

The Council decided to bring together several major Council planning processes in Māpua – the structure plan, catchment management plan, reserve development, Council land commercial development, and waterfront area development, into a single plan - the Māpua Masterplan 2023.

The result of pulling together the various Council processes into a single plan will ensure that consultation is effectively coordinated, and decision making is cohesive in Māpua.

We have heard from community members through the 2022 Māpua Structure Plan process and various other councils projects and we will be building off what we have learnt and know are the issues in Māpua to develop the masterplan including the structure plan documentation.

The Māpua Masterplan 2023 will guide multiple council processes including infrastructure strategies, catchment and asset management plans, the Long term Plan and policies and rules which form part of the Tasman Environment Plan and TRMP Plan Changes.

It is an important document for the future of the area and we are engaging with iwi, stakeholders and the community to ensure it reflects the aspirations of this growing coastal community.

Note: In 2021 and 2022 Council consulted with the public regarding the use of the reserves within the Māpua Masterplan area and prepared and adopted the Moutere-Waimea Ward Reserves Management Plan (2022) under the Reserves Act 1977.

This reserves management plan (RMP) contains management objectives and policies for all Council-administered park and reserve areas located within the Masterplan area. The RMP has a 10-year life, meaning that management of these reserves will not be included within the Māpua Masterplan, however, three reserves were identified within the RMP as requiring further public consultation: Māpua Recreation Reserve, Grossi Point Recreation Reserve, and Māpua Waterfront Park. Consultation on these reserves will be included in the Māpua Masterplan Project.

Council also contributed to the review of the non-statutory ‘Waimea Inlet Management Strategy 2050 and Action Plan 2023-2026’, which was adopted by the Strategy and Policy Committee on 24 August 2023. The Māpua Masterplan will seek to align with the policy direction of the Waimea Inlet Strategy and Action Plan.

Both documents (including an extract of the Moutere-Waimea Ward RMP) can be found in the ‘Resources’ section on this page.

Any questions?

If you have any questions and/or comments for the team please email us at mapuamasterplan@tasman.govt.nz