Brightwater - Ellis Street Improvements

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This page outlines plans for improvements to Ellis Street, Brightwater.


Brightwater is a rapidly-growing community and with that comes some pressures on the main route through the village – Ellis Street.

We want to make sure Ellis Street - which is home to Brightwater School, the village shopping precinct, and forms part of Tasman’s Great Taste Trail - is safe for all users, as well as being an attractive public space.

To achieve that, we are looking at options for streetscaping and other improvements to Ellis Street.


As part of the consultation process with the community, Brightwater School students were involved in some early brainstorming and a public consultation day was held to seek input and ideas for the town centre upgrade.  Many common themes were expressed, such as less heavy traffic and the introduction of a lower speed environment.

A working group was established, made up of representative from local business, the school, residents’ association, police, heavy haulage companies and others. Their aim is to achieve a rich, successful design that reflects the community’s requirements and values.  Recently, the working group met with the urban designer, Opus, to feed back the findings from the public consultation and begin the design process.

You can still email project manager Graham Rimmer with your ideas.


  • Late 2017 - Investigation and design
  • Early 2018 - Obtaining resource consents
  • July 2018 – Construction work to begin on streetscaping from Lord Rutherford Road to Starveall Street

More information

Email project manager Graham Rimmer