Te Kauwhata is rapidly developing into a suburb of Auckland, the town is going through a massive housing construction phase with large housing areas been developed on the fringe of the Waikato town and its primary target is Aucklanders.
Ken Carter drives his mobility scooter up from Te Kauwhata’s retirement village to its latest subdivision “for a nosey” a couple of times a week.
He sees orange bulldozers prepping acres of bright red soil for houses on Swan Rd, transforming his rural North Waikato hometown into what he suspects might be the southern most suburb of Auckland.
As other rural towns throughout New Zealand hemorrhage people, Te Kauwhata has been re-zoned to potentially quadruple its current population of 1,500 in the next decade. Aucklanders fleeing Auckland have snapped up the majority of sections sold so far.
“It’s marvellous for the town, really,” says Carter, now in his eighties. “But I do wonder how all this development will change our community … it’s certainly changed our scenery.”