​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​"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

Council has approved the contract to build a new Library, Service Centre and Community Hub​ for Katikati. 

The build is underway and an opening is planned for late August 2018.

The two-level building, with a mezzanine floor, will comprise an 800 square metre library and Council service centre and a 400 square metre community hub.

The new facility culminates 14 years of planning, including the purchase by Council in 2011 of the former Dunning Block on which the new building stands. It will provide a central link between the main street and the Talisman Drive commercial area.​

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: 27 Apr 2018 4:25pm