PRRA Minutes of Meetings and General News for the Community

To read presentations given at the meeting go to Presentations.

Minutes of Meeting October 2019. Click here to read.

The Prra donated $1000.00 to the new clubrooms building project. 14 October 2019  PAPAMOA SURF LIFESAVING CLUB  Philip brown ANDREW HITCHFIELD PETER pOWLEY

The Prra donated $1000.00 to the new clubrooms building project. 14 October 2019



Minutes of Meeting September 2019 Click here to read. Powerpoint presentation in Recent Meetings.

Minutes of Meeting AGM March 2019 Click here to read

Minutes of Meeting February 2019 Click here to read

Minutes of Meeting April 2019  Click here to read

Minutes of Meeting May 2019 Click here to read John Robsons Presentation Click here to read

Minutes of Meeting June 2019 Click here to read

Bayfair Underpass Alliance

NZTA, the government agency building the new Baylink highway announced on July 9 2019 that it was not going to build a replacement underpass at the Bayfair roundabout when the existing underpass is demolished. This was a shock and unexpected , especially after NZTA had secured money in April 2019 for a new underpass. The Bayfair Underpass Alliance (BUA), an alliance of all interested groups, was formed to reverse this decision and we have the support of all major political parties, all but one of the mayoral candidiates but still the NZTA is ignoring our pleas. We are not giving up, on Sunday 22 August we held a protest at the site with over 1000 people present. Safety and pedestrian convenience is being ignored. The NZTA solution to crossing the road is to walk across the roundabout using pedestrian signals. If you want to do something please email Phil Twyford, the Transport Minister at and tell him to put the underpass back in the plans.

Below is a letter sent by BUA which summarises the situation

Dear Editor, 

We believe any government project should result in betterment for the community.  Here in Tauranga we have just the opposite, a community amenity is being removed and this will produce all kinds of safety issues.

There has been since 1999, a pedestrian/cyclist underpass from Bayfair to Matapihi under the 4 lane road leading to the Port of Tauranga.  It is a major logging truck route and full of heavy trucks.  The underpass is used by everyone, schoolchildren, the elderly, mobility scooters, cycle commuters to downtown Tauranga.  It is the only safe crossing across the highway and provides complete separation between pedestrians and vehicles.

NZTA has decided to upgrade the highway in a project called Baylink.  And now they are demolishing the underpass and not replacing it in 3 weeks time.  This is a change of stance from last year when they announced they would build a replacement underpass.  Then in July 2019 out of the blue, they announced the replacement underpass would be canned.  They are not listening to any community concerns, just a done deal. The demolition is being driven from Minister Twyford’s desk.  The reason given is too expensive.  Not true, just inventive costings to stop a project.  What price for an injury or death while crossing the road.  We say, keep the existing underpass and extend it.

Now, all pedestrians and cyclists will need to cross 8 lanes of traffic and walk through a roundabout to get to the other side.  We are very concerned for the safety of the schoolchildren, pedestrians and cyclist crossing the highway and also the delay to the traffic while the vehicles are stopped.

The existing underpass ticks all the boxes of the Labour transportation policies. 

Common sense should be used here.




Chipsealing letter sent to Mayor and all Councillors August 2019

Dear Mayor and Councillors,

Yesterday two petitions were presented to the TCC rejecting the chipsealing over existing hot mix surfaced roads in the Papamoa area. We, the Papamoa Residents and Ratepayers Association would like to endorse the message of the petitions and to issue the following statement.on behalf of the association.

Kind regards,

Philip Brown Chairman PRRA 027 203 7668

"Chipsealing Comments — Papamoa Residents & Ratepayers Association 

The Papamoa Residents and Ratepayers Association works on the principle that everything the Tauranga City Council does should be for the betterment of the community, no matter how big or small.  

The TCC policy of chipsealing over the top of existing hot mix roads does not provide any betterment or even maintain the status quo.  Chip sealing increases road noise, looks untidy, leaches “tar” and road metal chips onto garage floors and pavements.  In all, it is a cheap backward step. 

The TCC have said that this is their ongoing policy for road maintenance, why?  Recently in Papamoa we have seen a very poor application of new chipseal in Oriental Parade which was an absolute travesty.

The PRRA supports the residents who are petitioning the TCC today to stop chipsealing over existing hotmix roads.  There are many unanswered questions, do these roads need this chipsealing? , what are the various options and standards of chipseal available? 

We would like the TCC to publicly show the various chipsealing options available and the specifications. And then to show the costings for hotmix v chipsealing.

The chipseal solution the Tauranga City Council have chosen at present looks to be the wrong solution. "

Submission by PRRA on the Freedom Camping Amendments to TCC 22 Feb 2019

Freedom Camping is a result of an Act of Parliament which was to allow supporters of  the 2011 Rugby World Cup to camp in designated freedom areas and is now being abused by travellers.  Nowhere in the legislation does it say that areas designated for Freedom Camping are to be FREE. 

There is a cost to every community to provide these facilities.  Freedom camping should not be a cost to the ratepayers or a reduction in their enjoyment of their community.  Lines of non-complying small vans with self-contained stickers parked in reserves is not right.  These are freeloaders. 

The stays should be charged at a price to cover all costs of providing for the freedom camping place. Collection of the nightly fee is not difficult with mobile eftpos and credit card facilities. 

Also, the freedom camping areas should not environmentally impact on the community.  Freedom camping locations should only be where there are public toilets. 

We ask the TCC to accurately work out the real costs of providing freedom camping… 

including  nightly monitoring, collection of fees, cleaning of toilets, picking up rubbish, pursuing of unpaid fines, repair of damage, additional signage, provision of extra toilets, submission process  

And then transparently determine a fee per night which is to be paid by each freedom camper.  There should be no subsidy from the ratepayers or central government.

Another observation from the TCC reported data, is the uselessness of issuing infringement notices and not collecting the fine then and there. Chasing any offender is a waste of resources and money.

I see now we have Freedom (unofficial) Camping outside the Papamoa Library.  

Special events could allow short term camping in carparks with toilets provided. 

As a note, in Australia there is a law which forbids freedom camping within 15km of a town.  

Our recommendation is to reduce the number of spaces available on a sinking lid policy and charge at a commercial rate for those spaces that will be available.


Comment on Document: 

Cl. 4.1  Add an additional item 

 (iv)  To maintain the community standard of living in these areas

Freedom Camping Enforcement Report from NZ Herald

Comment on Freedom Camping & TCC Enforcement From NZ Herald

“More than $140,000 worth of freedom camping fines have gone unpaid in Tauranga City.

The Tauranga City Council issued 971 infringements under the Freedom Camping Bylaw in the last financial year - and of those fines, only 258 have been paid.

In a report presented to the Tauranga City Council's Community and Culture Committee, 334 of the issued fines were waived as the offenders could not be located, particularly overseas visitors, and 379 fines were being processed through the courts for non-payment.

The fine for breaching the Freedom Camping Bylaw was $200, which meant $66,800 worth of freedom camping fines had been waived.

Team leader of parking and bylaws Stuart Goodman said an infringement notice was issued to a vehicle, not a driver.

"If a fine is not paid within 28 days, a reminder notice is issued. An overseas visitor who has not paid their fine has most likely left the country by this time," Goodman said.

He said New Zealand did not currently have the legislation to enable a rental car company to on-charge a freedom camping fine like they could for a speeding fine.

"This issue has been raised by the Responsible Camping Working Group," he said.

Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless agreed the main issue was that there was no legislation to enforce overseas travellers paying infringements issued by the council.

Brownless said The Government allowed freedom camping but local councils had little power to enforce infringements which "seemed unfair".”

December Minutes of Meeting

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Preliminary SmartGrowth Email Summary from Forums held around City.

Good afternoon 

Thank you again for the very helpful submission you made on the Future Development Strategy and the Tauranga Urban Strategy.  

The key themes to emerge from consultation undertaken in October on the Future Development Strategy and Tauranga Urban Strategy were discussed at yesterday’s SmartGrowth Leadership Group meeting.  

  • People want to see aspirational visions and ambitious, aggressive targets set in support of greater levels of infill and intensification. 

  • We heard overwhelming support for moving towards a more compact city with higher density housing focused around centres and public transport hubs, as well as areas of high amenity

  • There was also strong support for further investigation for fast-tracking development in eastern areas like Paengaroa, Pukehina, Pongakawa and Rangiuru. 

  • Enabling the development of Māori-owned land and addressing Māori housing needs featured strongly too. 

  • People also called for a larger range of housing types, price points and locations which includes the need for more affordable homes and diverse mixed communities

  • Transport was a key issue for people who responded with support for a comprehensive and ambitious, multi-modal, integrated transport plan with a 30 to 50-year horizon. 

  • Submitters told us that they want to see better public transport and many were in favour of including rail as part of the mix with a network of park and rides.

Partner council staff will continue to analyse the submissions and report back to the Leadership Group in early 2019 before final decisions are made on the Future Development Strategy and Tauranga Urban Strategy. The Leadership Group members have called for an integrated response across several workstreams.

 Kind Regards 

Vicki Jones

SmartGrowth Coordinator


Revised Bus Timetables . Click here for link

November 2018 Meeting Minutes

Click here to read the Minutes of Meeting for the November 2018 meeting


The Papamoa Residents and Ratepayers Association made a submission to this Smart Growth Future Development Strategy. Click here to read the submission

October 2018

Click here to see the Minutes of the October Meeting.

September 2018

Click here to see the Minutes of the September Meeting.

August 2018

To see the final Results and Comments from the PRRA Residents Survey CLICK HERE






August 2018 Meeting Minutes

July Meeting

July 2018 Meeting Minutes

June Meeting Report

June Meeting Minutes Click here

The June Meeting was held in our new venue of Legacy Gardens. The seats were very comfortable, a good sound system and very informative presentation by Jordan Williams , Executive Director of The Taxpayers Union. 







The TaxpayersUnion is a grassroots activist group, dedicated to being the voice for Kiwi taxpayers. We stand for value for money for government spending. Our mission -- Lower  Taxes, Less Waste, More Transparency.  We are a lobby group, not a think tank.  See . In particular look up the Ratepayers Report to see the ranking of Tauranga City Council in many metrics. Quick Tip -- use the metro button to see TCC results quicker.  TCC numbers do not include a component for rubbish and waste pickups, included in other centre's numbers.








June 2018

The TCC was warned years ago that as we only had one road in and one road out access into and out of Papamoa East, it would be isolated due to an event like a tsunami, earthquake, flooding etc Not only were some of the new subdivisions flooded but also Papamoa Beach Road was awash on Sunday night which was a cause for concern to all Papamoa East residents particularly in the event of an emergency. Te Okuroa Drive might well be making progress but as a two lane road it will be inadequate and residents want action now on upgrading Papamoa Beach Road, four laning of Te Okuroa Drive and construction of the Papamoa East Interchange. See…/…/article.cfm











Minutes of PRRA Meeting May 2018


May 30 2018

On yer bikes, Tauranga: $100 million investment in cycling agreed

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May 23 2018

Museum Decision say no.

Its good to see commonsense has prevailed. Let’s sort the infrastructure out and keep rates rises to a minimum before we commit to projects we can ill afford.

Check out this story from the NZ Herald

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May 19 2018

The PRRA is looking forward to working with the new CEO of Tauranga City Council, hoping he will take a close look at Council spending, control rates rises and take an interest in the growth and infrastructural development for Papamoa, along with the upgrade of Papamoa Beach Road, which has been sadly lacking for years.

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Kelvin Clout - Deputy Mayor, Tauranga City addressing another ‘standing room only’ meeting at the  meeting tonight. I think he’s the best Deputy Mayor we’ve had in the last four years.






Thank you to those who attended tonight’s PRRA meeting which proved to be informative as well as generating good debate with Councillors Clout, Morris and Robson. Our thanks to them for addressing community concerns and John Cruikshank from Kleana Bins for addressing the issues arising from the Councils proposed changes to rubbish collection.

In future though, if members wish to raise any matters with Councillors, could they first email Wayne to so that they can be briefed beforehand. We would prefer to be more focussed on matters at hand during meeting time.

Monthly Meetings Minutes - Feb 18.

Financial Report to December 17.

Letter to TCC Mayor and Councillors  February 21st 2018. 











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