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Plan Change 54: Papakāinga

Illustration of a Papakāinga

We’re proposing some new rules to better enable Papakāinga development in Matamata-Piako, and we want to know what you think.

The Papakāinga Plan Change (PC 54) seeks to include new rules that enable quality papakāinga development that supports the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of tangata whenua.

One of the key aspects of the Plan Change is the creation of a new zone called the Māori Purpose Zone. The Māori Purpose Zone is proposed to have two separate precincts.

Precinct 1 - Papakāinga Tahi

Sites that are proposed to be re-zoned as Papakāinga Tahi (MPZ-PREC1) have existing marae and directly adjoining Māori freehold blocks. The MPZ-PREC1 will provide the most enabling provisions for papakāinga by: 

  • Increasing housing density in comparison to rural zoning by proposing one residential unit per 5000m2 of site area, up to a maximum of 10 residential units; and
  • Establishment of home businesses and small-scale community facilities, education facilities, healthcare facilities, urupa, relocatable buildings and accessory buildings.

Precinct 2 - Papakāinga Rua

Sites that are proposed to be rezoned as Papakāinga Rua (MPZ-PREC2) have existing papakāinga. These sites are connected to Council services and therefore have the ability to provide for further housing, subject to maintaining appropriate standards of amenity. Please refer to the maps of ‘Rukumoana Road’ and ‘Raungaiti Marae’ to view these sites.

These sites will be able to build one house per 500m2 of site area, if they are under the title of:

  • Māori Freehold land; or
  • A legal mechanism is put in place to ensure the land will be maintained in whanau ownership in perpetuity.

District Wide Provisions

For sites that are not included in the new Māori Purpose Zone, we are including provisions that will enable papakāinga development on Māori Freehold Land, General Land owned by Māori (if it can be demonstrated there is an ancestral connection and a legal mechanism in place to ensure the land is maintained in whanau ownership in perpetuity), and Treaty Settlement Land in the Rural and Rural-Residential Zone.

Just like any development on private property, the cost to develop falls on the property owners. Council, through the District Plan, sets the guidelines for papakāinga and how the district can develop and grow, but does not contribute to the development costs. It will be up to the landowners to decide if/when they wish to develop papakāinga on their land, and to fund the development. There are national funds available that may assist to establish papakāinga.


This plan change was first publicly notified on 8 November 2022.  An error was discovered, and PC54 was re-notified on 21 December 2022. The submission period was from 21 December 2022 to 13 February 2023.  In total, 55 submissions were received, and the further submission period which closed on 26 April 2023 resulted in 3 further submissions.

The hearing for this plan change is to commence at 9.30am on Wednesday 17th through to Friday 19th April (if required) at the Matamata-Piako District Council Chambers, 35 Kenrick Street, Te Aroha.

Hearing commissioners Minutes of Directions

Direction #1 Independent Hearing Panel

Direction #2 Independent Hearing Panel


Processing Planners Right of Reply

Right of Reply - Papakāinga written Right of Reply

Attachment A - Response to Kainga Ora's key points

Attachment B - Process for Papakāinga resource consent application

Attachment C - Officers recommended decisions on submissions

Attachment D - Recommended district wide provisions

Attachment D - Recommended MPZ provisions

Attachment E - Douglas Road traffic assessment


Tabled in the Hearing 

S42A Report Writing Officer's Overview

Leo George Whaiapu's Evidence

Susanne Kampshof, MPDC Asset Manager Strategy and Policy Evidence

Raymond Kett's Evidence

Kainga Ora Evidence


S.42A Officers report will be available 4pm Monday 18 March 2024.

Section 42A Report

Attachment A - Summary of Submissions

Attachment B - Recommended District Wide Provisions

Attachment B - Recommended MPZ Provisions

Attachment C - Figures Maps

Attachment D - Pre Hearing Correspondence

Attachment E - Record of Title Ohaki Marae Access


Submitters expert evidence will be available 4pm Monday 8 April 2024.

Waikato Regional Council letter to the Hearings Panel - Proposed Plan Change 54

Kainga Ora - Corporate Evidence PC54 to the MPDC ODP

Te Tumu Paeroa - Office of the Māori Trustee Evidence


Opening legal submissions will be available 4pm Friday 12 April 2024.

 No legal submissions received.


Technical Evidence

Waikato Regional Council - Memo-Technical Feedback-Plan Change 54-Douglas Road

Notification of Summary of Submissions

The notification of Summary of Submissions phase opened 4 April 2023 and closed 4.30pm, Wednesday 26 April 2023

Public Notice

View the Summary of Submissions and Submissions received here

During the Summary of Submissions phase we received a total of 3 Further Submissions from 2 parties.  You can view these below: 

C M Cross

C McKinney

C McKinney

Re-Notification of Plan Change

We first advertised Plan Change 54 - Papakāinga in November 2022, then we discovered an error on our website (we had published the earlier version by mistake), which meant we had to withdraw the plan change. Now we're advertising it again - with the correct information listed below. 

If you submitted to the plan change in November that was withdrawn and would like your submission carried forward, or help making a new submission please call us on 0800 746 467.

Submissions closed at 4.30pm on Monday, 13 February 2023

Public Notice

Brochure (in sheet format)

If you want to compare this information to what was originally advertised in November, you can:

Frequently Asked Questions

How much will this cost ratepayers?

Council is not undertaking any Papakāinga development – we are just reviewing the rules to enable these developments to occur, if the landowners wish to. The only costs are administrative costs to make changes to the plan and consult with the community, which we are required to do under the Resource Management Act.  

Plan Change Process





Plan change withdrawn due to clerical error

15 December 2022


Re-notified for public submissions

21 December 2022

Submissions closed at 4.30pm on Monday, 13 February 2023



Council calls for further submissions

4 April 2023

Further submissions closed 4.30pm, Wednesday 26 April 2023

Hearing Commissioners to consider submissions

17 - 19 April 2024

Plan change decision notified, Environment Court appeal period

Mid 2024*

Plan change operative

Late 2024*

*Note that this timeline shows the entire plan change process. Timeframes are indicative only as the plan change process is fluid. The dates will change from time to time as we work through this process