Tourism-led settlement regeneration: Reaching Timaru’s potential

Laura Dance; Mike Mackay; Harvey Perkins

Abstract – Tuhinga Whakarāpopoto

This paper is a preliminary study of tourism development in Timaru, South Canterbury. Tourism is used to illustrate how local efforts are focused on making regional settlements more attractive places economically, socially, culturally, and environmentally. There are many actors on Timaru’s tourism stage, which means it has an increased need for coordination and strategic planning. Local tax bases are often far too limited to pay for the work required to make connections and adapt old or create new activities and spaces. Finding new ways to sufficiently resource and re-resource the regions is critically important. Many of these small towns are travelled to and through, but not stopped in. Finding ways to encourage visitors to stop, stay, and spend is the key challenge for tourism planners and development agencies.

Other reports associated with this research

Campbell, M., Taylor, N. & Mackay, M. (2020). Waitaki short and long-term rental accommodation. Working paper 20-08b for Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities Thriving Regions, 14pgs. Christchurch: AgResearch/BBHTC.

Taylor, N., Mackay, M. & Russell, K. (2020). Searching for community wellbeing: population, work and housing in the town of Oamaru. Working paper 20-08a for Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities Thriving Regions, 36pgs. Christchurch: AgResearch/BBHTC.

Gopinath, M. & Vallance, S. (2018). Waimakariri Way: Community engagement in Kaiapoi Town Centre Plan. Lincoln Planning Review, 9, 1-2 (2018), pgs 3-8.

Mackay, M., Taylor, N. & Perkins, H. (2018). Planning for regeneration in the town of Oamaru. Lincoln Planning Review, 9, 1-2 (2018), pgs 20-32.

Rennie, H. (2018). Australia and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools Conference, 1-3 November 2018: Conference theme: “Decisions, decisions”. Lincoln Planning Review, 9, 1-2 (2018), pg 52.

Rennie. H. (2018). Editorial – Special Issue on Building Better Towns and Communities. Lincoln Planning Review, 9, 1-2 (2018), pgs 1-2.

Mackay, M. & Perkins, H. (2017). Supporting regional settlements, Build 160, June/July 2017, pp 66-67, BRANZ.

Articles associated with this research – Karere Tūhono

News: Searching for community wellbeing in Oamaru

5 October 2020: Regions around New Zealand are striving to create positive futures. To do so, the issues that need to be considered are wide and varying and include the future of work in rural areas and provincial towns, the supply of workers, demographic changes, and the supply of suitable housing and social services. >> Read More

Case study: Supporting regional settlements

15 August 2017: A national conversation is in progress about the strength and integrity of regional settlements in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is influenced by characterisations of small settlements as zombie towns and is framed by questions about how to reboot struggling regions. Driving the conversation is a set of mainly economic and demographic issues linked to quantitative evidence of declining and ageing populations and challenging economic circumstances. >> Read More

Keywords – Kupu Hāngai

Timaru, economic recovery, tourism, second tier cities, planning, regeneration

Fields of Research – Āpure Rangahau

Geography; Regional Development; Regional Planning


Date – Te Wā Whakarewa



Type – Te Auaha

Journal Paper

Citation – Kupu Hautoa

Dance, L., Mackay, M. & Perkins, H. (2018). Tourism-led settlement regeneration: Reaching Timaru’s potential. Lincoln Planning Review, 9, 1-2 (2018), pgs 9-19.