Hamilton-Waikato Metropolitan Area: role and function now and in to the future

Urban sprawl Urbanisation Urban planning Economic growth New Zealand

This work arises from recent developments including: Government-led spatial planning initiatives in the Hamilton to Auckland Corridor including the creation of a Hamilton-Waikato metropolitan spatial plan; the recommencement of Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail services; preliminary investigations of the potential for a rapid rail connection between Hamilton and Auckland; and the imminent opening of the newly constructed Waikato Expressway. The development of the Metro Area and its connections to Auckland will help shape the future of New Zealand. This study outlines the current roles and functions of the Metro Area, explores the economic linkages between the Metro Area and wider Waikato and Auckland, discusses some scenarios of development over the next 30 to 50 years; and assesses the impact of the connections on the roles and functions of the area as it evolves over the next 30 to 50 years.

Key Findings:

The report finds that potential roles and functions of a Metro Area to be:

  • Servicing for activities in primary sector hinterland
  • Servicing for population in wider Waikato area
  • Research and development activities, food innovation, and logistics related to the above
  • A university and higher education centre.
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