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Work begins on Palmy’s newest subdivision

Thursday December 10 2020

Palmy’s newest subdivision has been given the green light, with resource consents being granted for the Whakarongo residential subdivision, which will be known as Tamakuku Terrace.

Mayor Grant Smith, Chief Executive Heather Shotter and Rangitāne’s Wiremu Te Awe Awe turn the first sod at Tamakuku Terrace.

The consents for stage one of the subdivisions were granted by both Horizons Regional Council and Palmerston North City Council in October.

This month enabling works will start with earthworks scheduled to get underway on the James Line site in January. We expect certificates of title for the new sections to be available in early 2022.

More information about the sale of sections will be released in early 2021

Mayor Grant Smith says the subdivision, made up of 114 sections, will be released to the market in several stages. The resource consents apply to stage one which is made up of 79 sections.

“We’re currently working on a pre-sales expressions of interest process with housing providers that will allow us to deliver affordable turn-key house and land packages in certain parts of the development. Those expressions of interest are due back to Council mid-February 2021.”

Council staff and property consultants are currently working on the sales plan for how and when the sections will be released to the market. We will be able to release more information about this in early 2021 to give interested buyers plenty of advance notice, and the ability to register their interest.

People can register their interest for a section now at

A range of sections will be available

We want to assure everyone that there will be a range of section sizes available to suit different people’s needs.

Mayor Grant Smith says that’s always been an important element of this project.

“We want this subdivision to be a community that suits people from all walks of life, and be affordable. We know people want different sized sections based on their individual needs, so we understand how important it is to deliver a variety of options at a range of price-points.”

Tamakuku Terrace is the first time in decades Palmerston North City Council has participated in a development of this scale and we hope this new supply will help relieve some of the current housing shortages in Palmy.

Council Chief Executive Heather Shotter says it is a top priority for council to see more Palmy residents being able to enjoy their own home.

“We’ve pushed forward in getting the contractors on site before Christmas to get started on setting the site up so earthworks can get started in the new year. Ultimately this means we get people into their dream homes as soon as possible.”

Tamakuku Terrace an ode to our history

The subdivision was jointly named by Council and Rangitāne.

Rangitāne’s Chris Whaiapu says Tamakuku was the name of the chief Whātonga (the ancestor of Rangitāne) met when he first travelled through the Manawatū.

“Tamakuku held mana over the entire Manawatū River from its origin to the mouth – on both sides of the river. The naming of Tamakuku Terrace subdivision is an appropriate way to honour the ancient tupuna, whose descendants married into the descendants of Tara (one of Whātonga's children).”

Shared pathway open at times

We expect the shared pathway connecting James Line and Stoney Creek Road to be open in January and February 2021. After that we will need to close it on some weekdays and some Saturday mornings during construction.

The work along the path includes the removal of the trees and the construction of a large wall to provide a sound barrier. Unfortunately, it’s just not safe to leave the pathway open while we do this work, and we can’t temporarily move the pathway closer to the railway line, due to KiwiRail space requirements.

When the pathway does need to be closed, we will open it each day between 8.15am and 9.30am and again from 2.30pm to 3.30pm. The pathway will also be open once construction ends for the day, Saturday afternoons after 2pm, and each Sunday.

We’ll be installing signs at each end of the pathway and writing on them in advance of when we will need to close the pathway each week.

The footpath directly in front of the subdivision will be closed

Photo shows satellite map of James Line, overlaid with coloured areas showing where the footpath will be closed during construction, and the location of a temporary pedestrian island.

Map showing where the footpath will be closed and the location of the temporary pedestrian island.

We need to close the footpath in front of the subdivision during the construction period, as we will be connecting services like water, power, gas and fibre to the mains on James Line. This means there will be a hole spanning this stretch, and no safe space for a footpath.

We’re conscious this will have an impact, especially on parents and caregivers of Whakarongo School students who may drop their children off in this space to cross along the shared pathway.

We want to make sure it is safe for everyone to cross the road, and especially children. This means we’re installing a temporary crossing point near the site (you can see this on the map) for the duration of this construction period.

To access the shared pathway, people who usually use the subdivision side of the footpath will need to cross to the other side at the temporary crossing, walk towards the railway crossing, and cross the road again at the existing crossing point.

A reduced speed limit to keep all road users safe

During construction we’ll have a number of trucks coming and going throughout the day. This, teamed with the footpath being closed and the need for people to cross the road, means that on James Line between Ivy Lane and Brooklyn Heights Drive we will have a reduced speed limit of 30kms during construction. We believe that by slowing vehicles down it will provide a safer road for pedestrians.