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To understand the interdependence of rural and urban communities in order to ensure a prosperous and aligned Southland Murihiku region.

Architects impression of proposed redevelopment of Murihiku marae and wharenui


  • Southland Murihiku is made up of rural and urban communities, all intertwined but contributing to the unique make up of our region. Over time we have seen the interdependent relationship of these communities and as the region embraces future change and opportunities, we need to consider the impact on our communities and people. Vibrant urban centres are important to attract people to live, work and visit our region.

  • Beyond 2025 Southland will work with each Council and all four papatipu runaka to understand their individual approaches and aspirations for their communities, reflected in their planning and approaches. We will then make sure that these important components are looked at together to form a regional perspective.

Key Outcomes

  1. That our region has key vibrant urban centres that play a key role in attracting people to live, work and visit while also providing key services and amenities for our rural communities.

  2. As the region embraces future change and opportunities, there is an understanding of the interdependence of the region’s urban and rural communities as well as our multi-cultural communities and mana whenua.

  3. Understand the pressures facing all of our communities including the volunteer sector, alongside our regional and economic aspirations.

  4. Ensure regional alignment of various community and social research and stocktakes which assess the needs of local communities and our people, and associated services.

Connection with other Workstreams:

The principles of this workstream will strongly underpin the overall Beyond 2025 Southland plan with close alignment to the following workstreams: