​​​​​​​​​​"Katikati is an ever-growing community with great people who make it a brilliant place to visit and live. Our town has everything anybody could want. I think of Katikati as the 'Eden of the Bay'. Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu (although it is small it is very precious)."
Roy Nathan, Peer Support/Youth at Risk Coordinator, Te Runanga O Ngai Tamawhariua

​About Katikati

Stretching from the Kaimai Ranges to Tauranga Harbour, Katikati is rapidly gaining popularity with its relaxed atmosphere and lifestyle and business opportunities.

This friendly town is known as the 'Mural Town of New Zealand', famous for its many murals depicting scenes of the region's rich history painted on walls of commercial buildings. This began in the 1990s as a project to regenerate tourist interest in the town.

Population: 4056. View your latest Census 2013 Information.
Location: 28km south of Waihi and 40km north-west of Tauranga. The town is located on the Uretara Stream near a tidal inlet towards the northern end of Tauranga Harbour.​​

Community Board

​​​​​The Katikati Community Board works to represent and advocate for the interests of the community.​​ Find out more about the Katikati Community Board here​, plus read Agendas and Minutes from meetings.​

Key Projects

Katikati Library, Service Centre and Community Hub

The interior design of the $4.5m Katikati Service Centre, Library and Hub has been finalised, incorporating input from the Community Reference Group, the architect and staff. 

Library features will include an open plan building, an outdoor reading room and a heritage centre, while the community hub features two large meeting spaces and two smaller meeting rooms, an art and exhibition space and kitchen area. ​

The build is being funded by Council and the Katikati Community Board through the Katikati Town Centre Fund, the Katikati Community Roading fund, the Recreation and Leisure Reserve, and a lottery grant, with the remainder being a Council loan. Increases in the project budget has been offset by savings from other Council projects. There won’t be any impact on rates. 

Katikati Urban Growth Area

An area of land west of the Katikati township (including Busby and Henry roads) has been identified by SmartGrowth as a future Urban Growth Area (UGA) and is being considered for residential development in the near future. 

The process of identifying land for future urban development is part of SmartGrowth, the sub-regional growth strategy, the purpose of which is to ensure enough land is available to house the population growth expected in the sub-region. This area been identified as one of the areas to cater for that growth. 

​​​Katikati Bypass

​​Mayor Garry Webber says the announcement by the New Zealand Transport Agency that the Katikati bypass will be added to the State Highway 2 Waihi to Tauranga programme is great news for the Western Bay District.

“I’m sure the people of Katikati and all motorists who have been experiencing increased congestion on this route will be thrilled with the news. It’s the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people and is a potential game changer for this part of our District.”

Garry says the implications of the announcement are far reaching and include not only improved commuter times, but benefits in terms of economic development, urban growth planning and enhanced community wellbeing. “The next phase will see Council working with the Transport Agency to develop the route so our communities and all users get maximum benefit from it,” he says.

Ongare Point Wastewater Scheme​

​Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Onsite Effluent Treatment Plan (OSET) required every property in Ongare Point to comply with the plan by December 2015.

Currently, the Ongare Point community uses septic tanks, which Regional Council water quality monitoring shows has led to contamination of Tauranga Harbour.​ Council has been investigating options to replace existing septic tanks at Ongare Point for the last 10 years. The community's feedback to date has told us they are, in principle, in favour of a wastewater scheme at Ongare Point. ​

Page reviewed: 11 Jul 2017 8:13am