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You
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Hamiltonians have lots of ideas about what would improve our city. Here’s some of what they said.

“Have more jobs opportunities so that young adults can stay in Hamilton after finishing university. More affordable homes.” Sarah, Hillcrest

“Have more jobs opportunities so that young adults can stay in Hamilton after finishing university. More affordable homes.” Sarah, Hillcrest

“Make Hamilton a city that’s easy to build and invest in.” Mohammed

“Accept all people so they can express who they are and feel a sense of belonging.” Corey

“Make Hamilton a city that’s easy to build and invest in.” Mohammed

“Accept all people so they can express who they are and feel a sense of belonging.” Corey

What we want

We want to actively create opportunities for our people to thrive in their jobs, careers, and lives so they can leverage the wonderful lifestyle and opportunities our city has to offer.

Our plans for the next 10 years


We’ll continue to support local agencies such as Hamilton and Waikato Tourism, Hamilton Central Business Association and Te Waka and work closely with our iwi, government and private partners to make sure our city and wider region thrive.

You can see the list of projects we’ve included in our budget and will be funded by rates here.

There’s also projects we considered but haven’t included in our budgets. You can view this list here.

Is there a project you really want us to do, or not do? Let us know in the feedback form below!

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Here are some of the ways that we’re investing in our city over the next 10 years

$16 million through grant programmes to community groups and events, including creative art initiatives
$15.4 million to review our District Plan which sets out where and how development can happen in our city and what we need to do to deliver on our environmental responsibilities. More detail on this is available in the finance section
$79 million (from 2028-31) to open the Ruakura growth areas to put in connecting roads for new industrial areas
$30 million in 2021/22 to open the Ruakura West Road which is jointly funded with Tainui Group Holdings Ltd and the government’s Provincial Development Unit
$9 million over 2021 to 2024 to identify future wastewater solutions for the region in partnership with neighbouring councils and iwi organisations

Share your voice.

There are some specific projects we would like your feedback on before we confirm our budget for the next 10 years.

The project

Set up a creative sector match funding trial of $100,00 for three years


We're proposing to set up a creative sector funding trial which includes Council putting up some money towards creative initiatives in the city, but it would only be distributed if it can be matched by creative sector funding.

This is a new initiative to support arts and cultural groups and initiatives in our city.

The total cost of this initiative is $300,000.

This is funded by Council through rates.

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This is Council's
preferred option

The options

Option 1: Set up a creative sector funding trial of $100,000 for three years

We’re proposing to set up a creative sector match-funding trial of $100,000 per year for three years.

This proposal relies on our funding being matched with external funding of $100,000 per year for three years (2021/22 – 2023/24).

What this means for your rates:
Amount included in your rates (average, incl GST)**
$1 per year from 2021/22
This option has been included in the proposed budget.

Option 2: Keep as is

This option means we won’t create a new fund.

The arts sector would be able to continue to seek funding from Council through our existing grant programmes.

Not spending on this project means we would need less rates revenue, so the amount we need from rates would be on average $1 less per ratepayer per year.

What this means for your rates:
Amount included in your rates (average, incl GST)**
$1 per year from 2021/22

The project

Introduce paid commuter parking around the fringe of the central city

There are a number of hot spot areas across the city where commuters park while they are at work. These are around the edges of the central city and around key workplaces such as Waikato Hospital.

The most highly used areas include Memorial Avenue and areas along River Road, the streets around Hamilton Girls’ High School and Seddon Park, Pembroke Street plus more.

Commuters currently park in these areas at no cost and with no time limits. Any decision would consider the needs of residents in the area.

The expected revenue from this initiative is $1.6 million per year.

The revenue will go towards public transport and mode-shift initiatives which provide opportunities for people to get to and from work without needing their cars. This could include improving the reliability of buses, better access to buses, and more public transport hubs. These initiatives will help to reduce the congestion in the city and will also be better for our environment.

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This map is indicative only. Consultation with residents and businesses in the area would be undertaken before any final decisions are made.
This is Council's
preferred option

The options

Option 1: Introduce paid commuter parking around the fringe of the central city

We’ve identified approximately 2000 car parking spaces that could be changed from free all-day parking to paid parking. The charge would average between $5 to $8 per day (depending on the street) and it’s expected will generate around $1.6 million in revenue per year for Council.

Payments would be made through the Pay My Park app so no parking infrastructure would be required. Because the revenue generated would be spent on public transport and modeshift initiatives, this option has no impact on rates. The spending will result in better alternatives for commuters coming into the central city.

If we go ahead with this option, we will share with you more details once we have formed up a more detailed plan of where commuter parking will be charged and how much the rates will be.

What this means for your rates:
Amount included in your rates (average, incl GST)**
$0 per year from 2021/22
This option has been included in the proposed budget.

Option 2: Keep as is

This option does not introduce parking charges around the fringe of the central city and means we would not be able to spend the proposed revenue on additional public transport or mode-shift initiatives.

What this means for your rates:
Amount included in your rates (average, incl GST)**
$0 per year from 2021/22