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.



Parking is a key issue for Tawa based businesses.

Meetings with Senior Traffic representatives from Wellington City Council have been held on site.   This enabled them to see first hand some of the issues being faced such as double parking, lack of loading zones and parking on yellow lines and they also gave us the opportunity to discuss parking time restrictions.  These meetings help form a "big picture" overview, and enables us to work with the Council to identify solutions that work for all businesses in the BID area as best we can.

Currently we are open to feedback on parking/loading along Main Road from 214 to 220 and also around two 2-hour parking spaces near 82 Main Road. 

Any feedback relating to parking in the Tawa BID area should be sent by email to Bernadette Pallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.