For information relating to parking, traffic and infrastructure projects



The direction of Wellington City Council’s Draft Spatial Plan is consistent with the Government's recent National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) 2020, however there are some aspects of the new policy which will require the Council to enable a greater level of density than had previously been signalled, including:

  • Provide sufficient development capacity in the District Plan to meet long-term (30 years projected growth requirements
  • Allowing building heights of at least 6 storeys within at least a walkable catchments of the city centre and metropolitan centres as well as existing and planned rapid transit stops
  • ​​Removing minimum car parking requirements (other than accessible car parks)
  • Ensuring urban environments support a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and are resilient and provide the amenity requirements of a ‘well-functioning urban environments’.

These changes will have a significant impact on Tawa, and the Tawa Business Group will continue to work closely with Northern Ward Councillors and the Wellington City Council to ensure up-to-date information is available to members.


Earlier this year a meeting was held with senior managers from the Wellington City Council’s transport team to discuss issues relating to parking and infrastructure in Tawa.

Whilst COVID-19 has had an impact on our ability to progress some things at this point in time, we are continuing discussions with the Council regarding loadings zones in the retail area.  There are still ongoing discussions to be held, however we will continue to advise on progress and consult on options as appropriate as information comes to hand.  


There are some significant roadworks being planned for Tawa over the coming months, with Wellington City Council committing over $1M for roading upgrades from the boundary with Porirua through to Sunrise Boulevard and Arohata Womens Prison.   

Both Wellington City Council and Downers, the contractor managing these works, are conscious that these roadworks will have an impact on the Tawa business sector, and are working with the Tawa Business Group, Tawa Community Board and the Tawa Residents Association to ensure disruption is limited as much as possible.  This will include timing options, one-lane or detour options and managing works near schools – endeavouring to get the best outcome both in terms of minimal disruption and expediency of getting work completed.