A state-of-the-art 5000 sqm shopping centre in Waipu, which is expected to create at least 50 jobs and 169 new carparks, is currently waiting for a publicly notified resource consent from the Whangarei District Council. The Nova Scotia Drive complex would include first-floor offices, specialty stores and a supermarket, the chain of which has not been confirmed yet.
According to developers Bruce and Coralie Roberts, who own the local Hammer Hardware store, the supermarket will be of huge benefit to the surrounding community, so far relying on Ruakaka and Whangarei for their grocery needs.
"Council should be really encouraging people to build developments and provide housing and jobs for people," said Mrs Roberts, underlined that she was disappointed that Waipu's development needed a publicly notified resource consent.