Peacocke: Weaving together a new community

Closed 9 Dec 2020

Opened 11 Nov 2020

Feedback updated 24 Dec 2021

We asked

The review of the Peacocke Structure Plan offered us the chance to create a community, WITH the community. Using feedback gathered during the wellbeing engagement in March, stakeholder engagement in July and August, as well as guidance from central Government, we put together high-level themes for the community to provide input into the draft plan.

In November 2020, we asked the community for feedback on housing style and density, transport connections (including walking, cycling and public transport), community spaces, natural environment and culture.

This feedback was used to help put together a draft Peacocke Structure Plan for formal public notification.

You said

We received 166 submissions either online or through hard copy feedback forms. We also received eight submissions through emails or letters.

People were largely supportive of elements we proposed. The number in brackets refers to percentage of people who selected “I think it is a great idea” for each of the element/topic described in the consultation document.

  • Putting a roof over our heads (75%)
  • Moving around our neighbourhood (80%)
  • Creating awesome spaces to spend time in (80%)
  • Looking after our environment (84%)
  • Celebrating the bits that make us special (80%).

Email and letter submissions made suggestions and recommendations around various topics for the draft Structure Plan. These include housing, infrastructure for electricity, community development, roading, environment and ensuring history and aspirations of tangata whenua can be best represented.

We did

In October 2021, we formally notified Plan Change 5 - Peacocke Structure Plan under the Resource Management Act. This provided the community with another opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed plans for the area. A call for further submissions on the plan change is expected in early 2022, followed by hearings, with a final decision expected mid-year.


We have an awesome opportunity to shape the Peacocke community from the ground up.

You’ve told us a lot in the past few years about what sort of neighbourhood you like to live in.

You’ve told us you need the basics like good quality, affordable housing, that is attractive and varied.

We know it’s important to you to have great places to spend time in as a community that are safe, lots of open spaces like parks and playgrounds and places that celebrate the area’s unique environment and cultural heritage.

We also know it’s important for you to be able to access these places easily in your neighbourhood – whether it be on your bike, in your car or using your feet!

Using all the things you’ve told us about the type of neighbourhood you like to live in, we’ve started to put together a plan for our newest one: Peacocke.

We do this through a structure plan which is a long-term plan to help guide the development of a new area. It considers things like transport connections (including public transport, cycling and walking), parks and open spaces, commercial areas, housing style and density, environment and cultural heritage and sets out the best place for each of those activities to happen. It will help us balance the need for housing with social, cultural, environmental and economic outcomes for our community.

While some parts of the neighbourhood like the Southern Links roading network and other infrastructure like wastewater pipes are already set in stone, there are still plenty of opportunities to shape Peacocke into the type of community you want to live in.

We want to know what you think about our plans so far. Your feedback will help us put together a draft Peacocke Structure Plan which will undergo a formal consultation in May 2021.

Peacocke is located in the south—west of Hamilton just kilometres from the central city, the University of Waikato and existing neighbourhoods in Hillcrest and Glenview. Its proximity to the Waikato River means the land has always been significant to Maaori, who traditionally used the area to grow kuumara and the river to trade.

Planning for the Peacocke neighbourhood has been taking place in the background for more than 30 years.

Peacocke was officially included within Hamilton’s boundary in 1989 and since then has remained mostly undeveloped. That’s because it’s expensive to build the infrastructure like pipes and roads you need to develop a neighbourhood from scratch.

In 2018, the Government jumped on board to help us open Peacocke and provide some much-needed housing for Hamilton. We received a $180.3 million interest-free loan and $110.1 million of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency subsidies to build the infrastructure we need to get housing under way.

The Peacocke programme will deliver a new bridge, main roads, parks, and strategic water, wastewater and stormwater networks. Other work includes protecting and enhancing the environment, including the extensive gully system, recognising and protecting our cultural heritage and investigating community facilities which are also important parts of creating a new community in Peacocke. 

When completed, Peacocke will be home for up to 20,000 Hamiltonians.


  • Public Open Day - Glenview Club

    From 1 Dec 2020 at 16:00 to 1 Dec 2020 at 19:00

    Drop in to the open day at the Glenview Club, 211 Peacockes Road, for your opportunity to talk to staff and learn more about the future of Peacocke.