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Written by Imran Ali, The Northern Advocate   
Tuesday, 16 December 2008

In 1964 our city fathers thought Whangarei might look like this by the year 2000. Picture/Advocate

It's 2061 - Whangarei's population has nearly doubled to 129,678.

Almost one third of that number are aged 65 years and over while the number of houses in the district has grown from the 32,202 at present to nearly 50,000.

Marsden Point/Ruakaka - one of the fastest growing areas - now has more than 7600 people - up from 3114.

These are the estimates contained in a 50-year planning document titled Sub-Regional Growth Strategy, put together by the Whangarei District Council.

The council will, by the end of this week, ask the public to consider key issues facing the district and how they should be tackled.

[Under one approach] Maungatapere, Maungakaramea, Oakura, Matapouri, Tutukaka, Ngunguru, Pataua, McLeod Bay/Reotahi and Urquarts Bay/Taurikura will be declared rural villages with a combined population of about 4000.

Submitters will be asked to choose between three approaches suggested by the council, including two competing cities in Whangarei and Marsden Point/Ruakaka, and setting-up of urban villages.

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