Programme summary

What we're doing

We're investing in our central city, opening it up to the Waikato River, encouraging people to live and work here, and making it easy to access and move around in. 

Hamilton Kirikiriroa is the fastest growing urban city in the country. Council, alongside its partners, is working hard to ensure our central city is positioned to take advantage of all the opportunities this growth brings. 

Why we're doing it

We are prioritising growing up and out from the central city and helping to enable 4000 new homes for around 10,800 people in the central city and surrounds by 2035. That's around the same number as a full crowd at Seddon Park.

To support this growing community, we’re focusing on what we said we would in our Central City Transformation Plan.

We are delivering on our vision of shaping a central city where people love to be.

Ahuahungia te pokapuu o teetehi taaone e arohaina ai e te taangata.

How is it funded?

$150.6 million in Crown funding from the Infrastructure Acceleration Fund (IAF).

The IAF funding for Hamilton will support a new water reservoir and pump station, walking and cycling bridge, and investigation into other strategic three waters and transport infrastructure in the central city.

The bridge will allow more transport choice and safer connections to and from east Hamilton, and the reservoir will increase our supply of drinking water and capacity for firefighting as the central city grows.

Alongside housing, it will also support more than 300,000m2 of commercial and retail space and has the potential to unlock more than $2.1 billion in private investment over the next decade.

Council is also investing more than $100 million to help build a city where people love to be alongside developer contributions and investment.

The outcomes that guide our transformation

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Hamilton Kirikiriroa

A central city that celebrates Maaori culture.

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A place to call home

A central city that people want to live in.

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A playful city

A central city that provides safe and accessible play features.

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A home for diversity

A central city that is a place for everyone.

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A well-connected central city

A central city that is safe and easy to get around.

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Blue-green central city

A central city that connects to the Waikato River and green space.

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Prosperous economy

A central city that drives tourism and economic growth.


Play Trail

Looking for something fun and free to do with the kids in the central city? We’ve made two awesome play trails to help our rangatahi reimagine Hamilton Kirikiriroa and create opportunities for play and recreation that is free. 

Pop into the central library or the ArtsPost by Waikato Museum to pick up your map, or you can download the PDF here.

Have a go on one of our play trails recently? Let us know what you thought and be in to win a Prezzy Card, a Zoo pass or a Waterworld pass!

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Lehi Duncan Central City Transformation Manager

Contact our programme lead

Get in touch with our programme manager for information on our central city programme or any of the projects that underpin it.

The projects underpinning this programme


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Last updated 11 July 2024