The Waipa District’s urban and rural environment is an attractive place to live, work and play – no wonder it’s growing. Waipa 2050 aims to support this growth.

Waipa District has experienced steady growth over the past two decades. Yet this has raised some challenges for Waipa District Council and the communities that live in the district.

Like, how to retain and celebrate the district’s unique character, culture, heritage, and status as the ‘Home of Champions’, protect the rural economy; avoid putting pressure on the environment; and provide for a population that’s growing older.

To address these challenges, Waipa District Council got us on board to undertake a comprehensive policy review. This included a district growth strategy (providing a future vision with predicated population and employment growth), town concept plans (for areas like Cambridge, Te Awamutu, Kihikihi, Ohaupo and Pirongia – providing an urban design blueprint for the future), an environment strategy (which provides a clear pathway to sustainability with goals and actions for the council and communities) and a full review of the Waipa District Plan.

A multi-stage project, Waipa 2050 is leading the Waipa District into a sustainable future that’ll support the existing – as well as the growing – communities. It also provided valuable input into FutureProof (the sub-regional growth strategy) and contributed to enabling government investment in major regional infrastructure such as the Waikato Expressway.

In 2016 we again supported Waipa District Council in a review of Waipa 2050 through structured planning within Cambridge and the vision that responds to the strengths of each distinctive town and village area within Waipa. For more on Waipa and the consultation on the Waipa District Council draft 10-year plan 2018-28 visit 'What's the story?'.


2011 NZPI Awards – Nancy Northcroft Planning Practice Award


More people in Waipa by 2050


Waipa population by 2050


New homes across Waipa needed

Our Team Says

By working collaboratively with Council and the broader Waipa community, we balanced national and international expertise with local understanding to develop a vision that met community expectations.

Richard Douch

Manager, Central Environments

Our Client Says

Beca helped us bring our community’s vision a step closer. This blueprint for the future is enabling us to protect and enhance the district’s overall environmental wellbeing. It will ensure that future generations see Waipa District as an attractive place to live, work and invest in – the Home of Champions!

Garry Dyet

Chief Executive, Waipa District Council

Our People

Annette Jones

Senior Technical Director - Urban Design

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Craig Sharman

Technical Director - Planning

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Richard Douch

Regional Manager - Waikato, New Zealand

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