Community Research Project

We have now completed our community research.  The response was amazing.  Thank you to all those who participated, and thank you to our research team Adrian Field (Dovetail) and Rachael Butler (Social Research).

We wish to thank the Ministry of Social Development for funding this project through it’s Community Capability and Resilience fund.

The research findings will inform and guide the efforts of the Association going forward.

Summary report Summary of Tutukaka Coast Research 2021

For a copy of the full report please contact us.

Ngunguru Skatepark Development

The Ngunguru Skatepark has already established itself as a popular venue for skaters, young and not so young, to learn to practice their skills.   It adds to the other activities and facilities already available at the nearby Sports Complex.

The Ngunguru Skatepark development group has secured funds to build a deck area to provide seating and picnic tables. Applications have also been to secure the necessary funds for a shade sail.

The Tutukaka Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association acts as the host organisation for the Ngunguru Skatepark development group. If you would like to support this local project please let us know.

Mahinga Kai/community gardens

In September 2020, a vision of a community garden in Ngunguru became a reality.

The Ngunguru Mahinga Kai Community Gardens, behind the church in Waiotoi Road, is now well established and producing fruit and vegetables for our local community.

It was initially made possible with funding from the Kia Ora Fund at Mahi Tahi Hauora, who support community projects that address food security, and the Community Capability and Resilience Fund from the Ministry of Social Development.

These funds enabled the purchase of garden tools, compost bins, raised seed beds and a water tank.

The progress of the garden would not have been possible without the support of the Tutukaka Coast Play Centre, whose water we have been using, and the Tutukaka Coast Community Church who have allowed us to divert their storm water to the new water tank.

Support from local business is greatly appreciated. In particular, the Mahinga Kai group acknowledge the generosity of Fonterra for their donation of compost and Wal’s Water and Colin Gibson Plumbing, in installing the new water tank.

Volunteers meet at the garden every Monday and Friday at 10am, and anyone wanting to join is more than welcome to come along and see what’s going on.

If you would like to keep up to date with activities at the gardens, visit their Facebook page Ngunguru Mahinga Kai Community Gardens. Click on the link below to see some of the mahi and progress.

Any queries please contact Jenny at

Local Planning

Whangarei District Council and Northland Regional Council are often undertaking consultation on various plans. Both have recently consulted on their long term plans.

Climate Change is a hot topic at the moment, with both Councils involved in planning for this issue.

We encourage residents and ratepayers to have their say on these planning processes to ensure the needs of the Tutukaka Coast are understood by planners.

We have developed a summary of key issues experienced by the Tutukaka Coast, and keep this regularly updated.

If you have an issue you wish to raise with us please contact us.