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Tomahawk School site

Picture of the Tomahawk School site

Picture of the Tomahawk School building


  • Tomahawk School Site was originally part of the Ocean Grove Domain.
  • 1959 – The site was acquired for use as Tomahawk School.
  • 2010 – The school closed and Ngāi Tahu purchased the site.
  • February 2012 – The DCC purchased the site and buildings from Ngāi Tahu.
  • March 2016 – The DCC Community and Environment Committee decided:
    • the site is unsuitable for subdivision and resale
    • to open an Expression of Interest (EOI) process asking for plans or ideas for the site
    • that DCC staff should investigate options for future use, taking into account the other community spaces in Ocean Grove, service levels, budgets and city priorities
    • that the site be managed as a coastal dune reserve, until its future use is decided.
  • December 2016 – Nine EOI submissions were received. A kindergarten’s submission was approved, but in 2017 it withdrew due to the cost of upgrading the buildings. Four letters from community groups supporting the kindergarten’s EOI mentioned the benefits of a multi-purpose community facility.
  • December 2016 - Demolition of the school pool was approved.

Submission example:

“As a resident I would like to see one well-managed and maintained community hub …currently we do not have a well-managed or maintained community space. The Council needs to consider how this can be provided for into the future. This seems like an opportune time to do so.”

Tomahawk School Dental Clinic building

Tomahawk School Dental Clinic building


  • March 2019 - Present a report to the Council  asking for approval to engage with the community during 2019 about preferred use of the Tomahawk School site and dental building (upper section in aerial image).
  • May 2019 - Remove Tomahawk School building and shed as these have deteriorated and are now uneconomic to repair/re-use.
  • Keep the dental clinic for community use.

It seems a prudent approach to leave the southern-most land parcel to reduce the risk that the development be impacted by future dune migration or erosion. ” – from report by the DCC Coastal Geomorphologist - (PT Sec 39 - lower section in aerial image)

Aerial map of the Tomahawk Ocean Grove consultation area

Aerial map of the Tomahawk Ocean Grove consultation area

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