Waimakariri Way: Community engagement in Kaiapoi Town Centre Plan

Mithran Gopinath; Suzanne Vallance

Abstract – Tuhinga Whakarāpopoto

Waimakariri District Council’s Kaiapoi Town Centre Plan is part of a broader recovery – and now regeneration – process for Kaiapoi following the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes. The Council employed a number of innovative and interactive tools and engagement strategies in order to facilitate public participation in the process. These tools and strategies reflect a ‘community-based’ logic, where the community can see the process of planning as having implications and effects. Being satisfied with the process – feeling heard and respected, understanding why a request was denied – can mitigate the negative consequences of not necessarily getting what is wanted. Doing engagement well places unique demands on the organisation – across budgets, human resources, personal relationships, and ‘thinking outside the box’. The success of the key messages presented in this report will likely depend on developing an institutional culture that supports this kind of approach.

Other reports associated with this research

Vallance, S., Edwards, S., Conradson, D. & Karaminejad, Z. (2019). Soft infrastructure for hard times. Report for Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities Urban Wellbeing: Shaping Places: Future Neighbourhoods, 57pgs. Wellington: BBHTC.

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.

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). Conference Report ANZAPS 2018 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.

Articles associated with this research – Karere Tūhono

News: Soft infrastructure for hard times

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Keywords – Kupu Hāngai

Kaiapoi, economic recovery, thriving regions, regional recovery, regional development, Waimakariri District, urban development, planning, regeneration, community engagement, community development, disaster recovery

Fields of Research – Āpure Rangahau

Geography; Natural Disaster Recovery; Regional Development; Regional Planning; Community Engagement; Urban Design


Date – Te Wā Whakarewa



Type – Te Auaha

Journal Paper

Citation – Kupu Hautoa

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