Private Plan Change 81 - Dargaville Racecourse


PPC81 seeks to rezone 47ha (approximately) of land. The area of PPC81 is situated at the corner of State Highway 14 and Awakino Point North Road, Dargaville and comprising of Part Lot 37 DP 7811 (NA 692/361) (46.6729ha) and Part Lot 37 DP27168 (NA689/300) (4,047m2).

PPC81 seeks to rezone the current rural zone of the site to a mixture of residential, light industrial, neighbourhood centre and open space.  Under the guidance of the National Planning Standard, the subject site is proposed to be a Development Area. 

It was lodged as a private plan change by Dargaville Racecourse Inc. on 21 February 2022.

PPC81 seeks the following changes to the District Plan:

  • a new chapter is added with the 'working title' of Trifecta Development area
  • Development Area objectives, policies, rules and information requirements for the different areas
  • ODP Map 10 amended to reference the Development Area chapter
  • Development Area Plan (Map 10A) showing the spatial extent of the different areas, the Hauora Hub, and indicative layout for the roading and in the Blue Green Network.

No other changes to the District Plan are proposed. 

Current status

This application has been appealed to the Environment Court.

Application and additional information

Additional information provided as requested:

Process for review

Next step for Private Plan Change 81 (Dargaville Racecourse) - 26 April 2023

Pursuant to section 34A of the Resource management Act, Kaipara District Council appointed a Hearing Panel consisting of independent hearing commissioners - Mark Farnsworth (Chairperson), Michael Campbell and Jonathan Larsen. The hearing was convened at the Dargaville Lighthouse Museum on 27 March 2023 and adjourned for further information on 28 March 2023.

A third direction from the hearing was issued on 28 March 2023.

A fourth direction from the hearing panel was issued on 22 May 2023.

If you have a query at all that relates to this Private Plan Change please email us at or call 0800 727 059 and ask to speak to someone in the District Planning Team.

The application was accepted by Council as a private plan change.


Following the Fourth Direction the Hearing Commissioners met on 6 June 2023 to discuss the three replies on the two additional reports and decided that the hearing in person need not resume.

Comments received on Direction #4

Right of reply Final Submission for Applicant

Reply on comments on the statement in terms of the NPS HPL

  1. Insight Economics (pdf 995KB)
  2. Ministry of Social Development (pdf 770KB)
  3. Economic Benefit (pdf 315KB)  




Further submissions

Further submissions have been collated with the following documentation available:

Original submissions

Original submissions have been collated with the following documentation available.

Original submissions received are listed below: