Turangi Street Revitalisation Project
Taupo District Council is undertaking a $6.5 million Turangi Street Revitalisation Project, funded by the government under the Crown Infrastructure Programme.
The project aims to improve streetscapes in Turangi township by repairing footpaths, kerbing and channeling that has been damaged by tree roots. This damage causes water pooling, is dangerous for pedestrians and those using mobility scooters, and we are also concerned that the tree roots will impact infrastructure like water and wastewater pipes.
In order to reinstate the kerbing and channeling we will unfortunately have to remove some trees, but we will be undertaking a replanting programme with tree species that are better suited to these locations.
When deciding which trees would have to be removed we engaged a consulting arborist as well as our parks and reserves team, and then presented options to the Turangi Tongariro Community Board.
The Board has chosen to undertake a first round of work involving the removal of 94 trees throughout the town, and we are currently working with the Board on how the community may be able to access the firewood that will be a result of this.
Tell us what trees you would like to see
We are seeking the Turangi community’s input on what trees you’d like to see in your streets - go to the survey to have your say!
SEPTEMBER 6, 2021: Turangi replanting programme gets underway
With spring here, and under the move to Level 3, our contractor is set to start replacing trees removed in the Turangi Street Revitalisation Project.
The $6.5 million project, funded by the government under the Crown Infrastructure Programme, aims to improve streetscapes by repairing footpaths, kerbing and channelling that were damaged by tree roots or age- close to one hundred trees were removed as part of the first package of work approved by the Turangi Tongariro Community Board.
With new kerbing and channelling now completed in several streets, Board Chair Clint Green said it is now time to start replacing those trees that were removed.
“The new kerbing and channelling looks fantastic,” he said, “and the finishing touch will be to replant those trees that had to be removed so that we could put in the new kerbs.
What is the Turangi Street Revitalisation Project?
The Project is a government funded programme that will see $6.5 million spent on renewing kerbing and channeling on streets throughout Turangi township. The new kerbs will mean less water pooling and be safer for our community, less impact on our water and wastewater infrastructure, and improved streetscapes for Turangi.
Will the work involve tree removal?
Yes. A consulting arborist and our parks and reserves team have identified several trees that will have to be removed if we are to reinstate the kerbing and footpaths. We have worked closely with the Turangi Tongariro Community Board on this and the first programme of work will see 94 trees removed, located on Rangipoia Place, Tureiti Place, Mihipeka Grove, Paehoro Grove, Harata Street and Hingaia Street.
Will the trees be replaced?
Yes. We have worked with Community Board on an extensive replanting programme and this will begin once the work is completed and in an appropriate planting season. As some of these trees were poorly located, we will take into account the specific location and situation of each tree to be replanted, with our aim being to make sure our streets are still visually appealing and in keeping with the character of the town.
What type of trees will be replanted?
We will be replanting with a combination of native species and exotic deciduous trees so as to have a mix of colours and to attract bird life, and with varieties that will grow to a good height and shape without impacting infrastructure or causing issues like the existing trees. We are seeking the Turangi community’s input on what trees you’d like to see in your streets.