Ruapehu District Council has partnered with Kāinga Ora and Ngāti Rangi to enable the development of residentially-zoned vacant land at Teitei Drive in Ohakune.
We have started engagement with the community to share proposed plans and to understand the needs of the community – now and for the future.
The need for more homes
Ohakune and surrounding townships need more warm, dry and healthy homes to meet their current needs. Many factors have resulted in a constrained housing supply, including:
- A shortage of readily available land without covenants and with infrastructure in place
- Regulatory challenges
- Construction industry capacity issues and rising costs
- General development feasibility challenges
- A high number of privately owned holiday homes that are often vacant and unavailable for long-term rental.
We want to make a positive difference to the community by improving housing quality and choice and improving local amenity.
Teitei Drive's proposed development aligns with Ruapehu District Council’s strategy to tackle Ohakune’s housing challenges by working with the Government and others to increase the availability of warm, dry, affordable homes for both private and public rental and purchase in the next few years.
It’s about planning for the future needs of a vibrant, thriving community.
We’re committed to keeping the community updated on plans for delivering these homes, including providing detailed site plans when available.
We would love to hear how we can support your community, so please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas by completing our survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/teiteidrive(external link)
Renee Regal, Manager Community Engagement and Partnerships, 0800 801 601 (please ask to be transferred) or 021 998 724 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is not proposed to be just a large public housing development. The proposed plans are for a mixed development of 44 new homes, and include private and public rentals, as well as homes for sale.
Outside of this proposal, no decisions have been made regarding future development on the site.
15 affordable homes - Affordable homes provide first home buyers with more opportunities to achieve the security of home ownership and have a place to call their own.
15 public homes - For the public homes, the Kāinga Ora specialist placement team matches new homes to whānau on the Ministry of Social Development’s Housing Register with the highest priority for a home of that size and in that location.
As of September 2023, around 60 applicants with a housing need are on the Ministry of Social Development’s (MSD) Housing Register, including 10 whānau already living in Ohakune. Ruapehu District Council has 34 applicants on its Housing Register for Social Housing in Ohakune and 6 applicants for Raetihi.
Research by Ruapehu District Council and Ngāti Rangi suggests these numbers only capture the ‘tip of the iceberg’ for housing need. Many whānau are living in substandard conditions but are not registering on official lists due to the known lack of available public housing stock. Through our work in the community, we have spoken to many local families living in overcrowded or substandard accommodation – and who are not on the MSD Housing Register – indicating there is a higher need than the numbers show.
14 long-term worker-rental homes - In Ohakune, this type of housing is needed for key workers, such as trades, teachers, hospitality and tourism workers, as well as people doing seasonal or casual work. Because many houses are used for tourist accommodation, fewer homes are available for people working in industries that support the tourist market or provide essential services.
Late 2020 - Ruapehu District Council consulted with the community on their role in housing and was supported to work with various stakeholders, including the Government, community organisations, and iwi, to encourage new housing investment in
December 2021 - Ruapehu District Council received approval for Infrastructure Reference Group Funding from the Government for social and affordable housing.
Early 2024 - Resource consent application (Stage 1) for enabling earthworks on the site will be lodged.
Early 2024 - Infrastructure work on the site to make the land build-ready will begin.
Around the same time, further work on the proposed land use and subdivision consent will commence, including ongoing engagement with the community and opportunities to provide feedback on the land use and subdivision aspects of the development.
Mid-2024 - Second resource consent application (Stage 2) for land use and subdivision will be lodged.
Ruapehu District Council
The Ruapehu District Council is the local government authority governing the Ruapehu District. We are responsible for planning future growth and ensuring district sustainability.
In October 2020, the Council adopted a new housing strategy to address the increasing housing challenges in Ruapehu. The strategy aims to encourage the development of affordable, quality housing to improve economic, social, and community development.
As part of the 2021/31 long-term plan, the Council consulted with the community on its role in housing and was supported to work with various stakeholders, including the Government, community organizations, and iwi, to encourage new housing investment in Ruapehu.
“This housing project provided an opportunity for Ruapehu District Council to use its land holdings to partner with Government and Ngāti Rangi, a great example of how we can all work together to help resolve the housing crisis, and build a more prosperous and resilient district.” - Weston Kirton, Ruapehu Mayor
Ngāti Rangi is located at the western and southern foot of maunga Ruapehu and has beneficiaries located globally.
The principal townships within our area of interest are Ohakune, Raetihi and Waiouru.
The Whangaehu River, known to Ngāti Rangi as Te Waiū-o-te-ika, is a culturally significant awa for Ngāti Rangi and neighbouring iwi.
“Our priority has been to do all that we can to support our whānau to access safe, dry and affordable housing as a basic human right. Our commitment to Teitei Drive is in line with our wider strategy, He Pā Tū, He Pā Ora, whānau thriving in communities of wellbeing.” - Helen Leahy, Pou Ārahi (Chief Executive) for Nga Waihua o Paerangi
Resource consent documents
- AEE Lodgement Version [PDF, 1.9 MB]
- Appendix 1 Record of Title [PDF, 217 KB]
- Appendix 2 RDP Rule, O&P and Assessment Criteria Assessment [PDF, 333 KB]
- Appendix 3 Concept Masterplan and Landuse Consent Package [PDF, 8.9 MB]
- Appendix 4 Engineering Drawing Set [PDF, 9.9 MB]
- Appendix 4 Engineering Services Report [PDF, 20 MB]
- Appendix 5 Geotechnical Interpretative Report [PDF, 13 MB]
- Appendix 6 Hydrology Assessment [PDF, 3.6 MB]
- Appendix 7 Teitei Drive Stream Assessment Report [PDF, 17 MB]
- Appendix 8 Teitei Drive Wetlands and Stormwater Memo [PDF, 1.7 MB]
- Appendix 8 Teitei Drive Wetland Ecological Impact Assessment [PDF, 3.5 MB]
- Appendix 9 Preliminary Arboricultrual & Vegetation Assessment [PDF, 9.2 MB]
- Appendix 10 Integrated Transport Assessment [PDF, 2 MB]
- Appendix 11 Detailed Site Investigation [PDF, 3.7 MB]
Factsheets and updates
- Letter to neighbours [PDF, 142 KB] - November 2023
- Community BBQ invitation [PDF, 157 KB] - August 2023
- Request for public notification of resource application for subdivision [PDF, 443 KB] - August 2023
- Drop-in session recording(external link) - August 2023
- Teitei Drive Ohakune brochure [PDF, 3.8 MB]
- Teitei Drive Ohakune information boards [PDF, 4.2 MB]
- Outreach session invite [PDF, 2.4 MB] - July 2023
- Letter to neighbours [PDF, 781 KB] - July 2023
- Letter to neighbours [PDF, 682 KB] - June 2023
Frequently asked questions
- 24 October 2023 - Number of lots - Teitei Drive [PDF, 189 KB]
- 24 October 2023 - House design - Teitei Drive [PDF, 172 KB]
- 18 October 2023 - Documents and emails - Teitei Drive development [PDF, 13 MB]
- 11 October 2023 - Teitei Drive [PDF, 247 KB]
- 9 October 2023 - Various questions - Teitei Drive [PDF, 399 KB]
- 4 October 2023 - Cost of community BBQ [PDF, 200 KB]
- 26 September 2023 - Teitei Drive Ohakune development [PDF, 102 KB]
- 1 - RDC emails February to July 2022 [PDF, 5.5 MB]
- 2 - RDC emails August to October 2022 [PDF, 5.7 MB]
- 3 - RDC emails November to December 2022 [PDF, 9.3 MB]
- 4 - RDC emails January to May 2023 [PDF, 6.1 MB]
- 5 - RDC emails June 2023 [PDF, 5.7 MB]
- 6a - Other emails 2022 [PDF, 5 MB]
- 6b - Other emails 2022 [PDF, 4.8 MB]
- 6c - Other emails 2022 [PDF, 4.2 MB]
- 7 - Other emails January to Febraury 2023 [PDF, 11 MB]
- 8 - Other emails March 2023 [PDF, 9.8 MB]
- 9 - Other emails April to May 2023 [PDF, 3.8 MB]
- 10 - Other emails June 2023 [PDF, 7.6 MB]
- Agreements with HUD and RDC [PDF, 10 MB]
- Cheal Agreements [PDF, 20 MB]
- Other Agreements [PDF, 7.7 MB]
- Teitei Drive Plan May 2023 Draft [PDF, 290 KB]
- 22 September 2023 - Plans for affordable houses in Teitei Drive [PDF, 337 KB]
- 19 September 2023 - Ohakune masterplan [PDF, 17 MB]
- 18 September 2023 - Community engagement [PDF, 349 KB]
- 11 September 2023 - Sale and development agreement - Teitei Drive [PDF, 15 MB]
For more information
- Renee Regal - Manager Community Engagement and Partnerships, phone 021 998 724
- Rebecca Kinloch - Senior Stakeholder Relationship Manager, phone 021 228 3167
- Lauren Darrah - Stakeholder Relationship Manager, phone 021 870 792
- Tyrone Kemp - Stakeholder Relationship Manager, phone 021 960 252
email or freephone 0800 801 601 and ask to be transferred.
Page updated: 29 August 2023