Public notice: Proposed boundary changes between Kawerau District and Whakatane District

28 Oct 2022

The Local Government Commission adopted a process, under clause 7, Schedule 3 of the Local Government Act 2022, for investigating proposed changes to the boundary between Kawerau District and Whakatane District. 

The effect of the proposed changes would be to transfer four parcels of land in three separate areas from Whakatane District to Kawerau District:

    • Approximately 400 hectares, largely bordering the existing industrial areas on Kawerau’s northeast boundary with the Whakatane District;
    • Approximately 63 hectares, at the end of Spencer Avenue where the Tohia o te Rangi Marae sits;
    • Approximately 86 hectares, being the part of Otarahanga Farm outside of the western boundary of Kawerau.


The investigation process document is available on the Commission’s website.

 Website page: Changes to the boundary between Kawerau District and Whakatane District

Consultation documents including details of the proposed boundary changes are available on the Commission website at the link above.  Hard copies are available at the offices of both councils and at public libraries.  Submissions can also be made by email to

If required, a public hearing will be held in April 2023 for those wishing to speak in support of their submission. 

For further information, email the Commission at or phone the Commission on (027) 276 3901.

The closing date for submissions is 31 March 2023.


Penny Langley

Chief Executive Officer

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