Motueka Plans

This page contains plans and projects for the Motueka Settlement outlined Council's Long Term Plan and Annual Plan.

Motueka Settlement Area 2018

Settlement Area Reports provide an overview of the demographics, development options and the projects that Council has proposed for our main towns and villages.  

These projects aim to address anticipated growth, improve the services already provided and ensure that existing public assets are maintained and fit for purpose.

Implementation of the proposed projects would take place during/beyond the term of the Long Term Plan 2018-2028.

View the draft Motueka Settlement Area Report (to be finalised after LTP is adopted on 28 June 2018):

Motueka Settlement Area 2015

Population Projection



Short term (yrs 1-3)1


Medium term (yrs 4-


2025 –

2034 Long term (yrs 11-20)3

Population (2014 – 6687 people)

(yr 2016)




(yr 2029)


Average Household size (persons)




Household demand




Dwelling supply




  1. Years a split as they represent financial years (e.g. July 2015 – June 2018 for years 1-3).
  2. Years 1-10 represent life of LTP.
  3. Years 1-20 accord with life of AMP.

The Motueka population is expected to increase from 6,687 in 2014 to 6,810 in 2039 which indicates slow population growth over the next 25 years. We are however waiting  for updated population projection figures from Statistics New Zealand, expected to be released in June 2015, to see whether the expected rate of growth for Motueka has changed.  There is expected to be a gradually decreasing number of persons per household in the same period (from 2.38 to 2.08).

The median age of the Motueka population is 45 years. However this figure masks the age difference between Motueka West (median age 41 years) and Motueka East (median age 49 years). 29 percent of residents in Motueka East are 65 years or more compared to 19 percent of residents in Motueka West and 17.9 percent of the total Tasman District population. 18.5 percent of people are aged less than 15 years in Motueka, which is a little lower than the 20 percent across the whole District.

There are a high proportion of families without children and single person households in Motueka East. The population is expected to age over time and average household size will reduce slowly.

Sufficient amounts of land were identified for residential growth in the growth model review to meet demand in the long term, provided services continue to be upgraded. In the last three years the Council has approved 141 residential building consents in Motueka (an average of 47 per annum).

In summary, there is adequate land but constrained infrastructure capacity for an additional 470 dwellings over the next 20 years. However with appropriate services, development could be sustained within the settlement area for a further period or with greater volume.

Future residential demand is expected to be satisfied through a combination of infill of land already zoned residential and from the new residential development areas located in Motueka West (enabled by Plan Change 43). Further residential development along the low lying coastline is expected to be exposed to coastal flooding risk in the long term and possible closure of the Rural Residential Zone will need to be considered.

There is a plentiful supply of commercial zoned land around the town centre (refer to Plan Change 44).

The opportunities for further industrial and mixed business zone subdivision will be limited by deferment at Motueka West until services have been upgraded.

Major Projects Planned for Motueka in 2015/2016


  • Motueka Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade
  • 45 Trewavas Street pump station storage


  • Tide gate renewal


  • Naumai Street water main extension
  • Meter renewals

Solid Waste

  • Traffic and loading improvements at Mariri Resource Recovery Centre

Community Development

  • Motueka Memorial Hall seismic upgrade
  • Purchase new reserve land

Major Projects Planned for Motueka between 2015/2016 and 2025/2026


  • Poole, Jocelyn, Wilkie and Fry Streets (2018/2019)
  • Woodland development area (2024-2026)
    • Pah/Atkins Street upgrade (2019/2020)
    • Parker Street upgrade (2023/2024)


  • Relocate Fearons Bush Treatment Plant to Parker Street (2015-2017)
  • Thorp Street main replacement (2021/2022)
  • High Street main replacement (2021/2022)
  • Fearon Street main replacement (2021/2022)

Solid Waste:

  • Improve rock protection at Old Mariri tip (2016)
  • Traffic and loading improvements at Mariri Resource Recovery Centre (2017)
    • Refurbish Mariri waste compactor (2024)


  • Motueka town centre renewal (2017/2018)
  • Pah Street/Greenwood Street intersection improvements (2018/2019)
  • High Street power undergrounding (2016/2017)


  • Motueka pipeline renewals (2018-2025)
  • New wastewater treatment plant feasibility study (2019/2020)

Community Development

  • Motueka Library building extension (2019/2020)
  • Playground, walkway and developments
  • Purchase new reserves