South Waikato District Plan

13.7-GIZ General Industrial Zone


The zone comprises the District’s largest industrial complex at Kinleith, the two major dairy factories at Lichfield and Tirau, and the significant industrial estates at Tokoroa, Putaruru and Tirau. All these sites share many of the same characteristics. There are advantages in managing them under a single zone, but some variation in standards is necessary to meet the requirements of particular industries and the locality concerned. They are all major employment nodes that generate significant amounts of economic activity in the District and considered together represent substantial financial investment. All of the sites are strategic assets in the context of the District given their role in the regional and national economy. The type and scale of industrial use is different from the more commercially oriented operations provided for in the COMZ zone.

The industrial base of the District is founded both on processing local resources such as primary produce and the high-quality water, and on its central location for distribution industries that rely on existing and potential rail sidings and the state highway network.



To allow adequate opportunities for businesses and industries to provide a range of employment opportunities for the District’s residents, in a manner consistent with the towns’ existing amenity values without any unnecessary barriers to economic advancement. 


To recognise the importance of the industrial estates within Tokoroa, Putaruru, and Tirau, and of the dairy processing facility at Tirau to the  townships’ people and the District’s economy.


To provide for outward expansion of existing townships where the new areas can be efficiently serviced with network utilities and infrastructure including provision for cycling and pedestrians, and where funding provision has been made consistent with the level of projected demand for new building sites for businesses.


To identify and address possible effects from urban activities on the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River and its catchments during decision making.



Enable the provision and expansion of industrial activities, that are necessary to underpin the operation and prosperity of the District’s urban areas while managing new subdivision and land-uses that may potentially conflict with, restrict or compromise the existing operation of the District’s key industrial sites.


To achieve the Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River by managing subdivision and land-use within the district’s towns located within the River catchment in a way that restores and protects the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River, including by:

(1) Controlling hazardous substances, use and storage. 

(2) Including standards for earthworks, silt and stormwater control.

(3) Managing activities in town

(4) Requiring esplanade reserves or esplanade strips


Enable the efficient operation and development of the District’s key industrial sites (namely the industrial facilities at Kinleith, the dairy factories at Tīrau and Lichfield, and the Tokoroa and Putaruru industrial estates) in a manner that will avoid, remedy or mitigate adverse effects on the environment from activities associated with the operation, maintenance, and upgrading of these key industrial sites.


GIZ-R1 PER Activities

Subject to

(1) Industrial Activities 

GIZ-R5(1) to (7)

GIZ-R6 where relevant

(2) Fixed irrigation systems and the spraying or spreading of liquid by-products or wastes as a fertiliser or for irrigation purposes from these systems or from truck-based units

(3) Showrooms and ancillary retailing to an industrial activity

(4) Community Facility

(5) Educational facility

(6) Health Care Services

(7) Veterinary Services

(8) Offices

(9) Outdoor storage

(10) Carparks

(11) Service stations including motor vehicle repair, on sites not fronting a State Highway

(12) Caretakers’ accommodation

(13) Buildings and activities ancillary to any PER, including waste disposal

(14) Cafes and restaurants

(15) Emergency Service Facilities

GIZ-R2 RDIS Activities

Subject to

(1) Any activity listed in GIZ-R1 (PER Activities) that does not comply with the Standards in GIZ-R5

GIZ-R6 where relevant

Matters of discretion




GIZ-R3 DIS Activities

Subject to

(1) Activities not PER, RDIS, or NC

GIZ-R6 where relevant

Matters of discretion

(a) GIZ-R5 as a guide

(b) AA-R3(2)

(2) Service stations including motor vehicle repair, on sites fronting a State Highway 

(3) Commercial tourism and recreational activities

GIZ-R4 NC Activities

Subject to

(1) Retailing not provided for as PER

(a) RMA provisions

(b) Refer to GIZ-R5 as a guider

(2) Residential activity not provided for as PER

GIZ-R5 Standards

R5(1) Building Setbacks

(a) Buildings must be setback from the front boundary at least 6m

(b) Buildings must be setback at least 5m from boundaries of properties within a GRZ

(c) All buildings and structures (excluding fences less than 2m in height and network utilities) must be setback from the centre line of an existing gas pipeline at least 32 metres

R5(2) Planting and Screening

Planting and screening shall be provided in the following situations:

(a) A planting strip of at least 2m wide, comprising trees, shrubs and grasses, shall be provided along the site boundary that adjoins a road, with the exception of areas used for vehicular access to the site

(b) A close-boarded fence at least 1.8m in height shall be provided along the full length of any boundary with a property within a GRZ

R5(3) Parking

Provision of on-site car parking (except for the GIZ at Tokoroa and Kinleith), loading spaces and vehicular access shall be in accordance with TRAN-R5 Parking, Loading and Access

R5(4) Height

(a) Maximum Building Height – Kinleith site 100m, Lichfield and Tirau Fonterra sites 55m. Other sites 40 m

(b) Maximum Height in relation to Boundary – No part of any building shall protrude through (whichever is the lesser of) a plane rising at an angle of 45 degrees commencing at:

(i) An elevation of 3m measured at the boundary of any GRZ

(ii) An elevation of 3m measured at the boundary between the GIZ and the railway corridor (KRH01) within Tokoroa

(iii) An elevation of 10m at any road boundary

(iv) An elevation of 20m measured at the boundary of any GRUZ

(c) Parts of buildings that may protrude through the height control lines are chimneys, flues and similar projections, television, and telecommunication aerials and dishes, rainwater tanks, domestic scale renewable energy devices, and in addition on commercial and industrial buildings, lift machinery, air-conditioning and heating plants; all attached to the building and projecting not more than 3m above the building height standard for the zone, and less than 4m2 in area.

R5(5) Building Coverage

The maximum extent that buildings can cover a site is 80 %.

R5(6) Scale of Retail Activity

The gross floor area for retailing areas ancillary to an industry shall not exceed 150m2 or 10% of the gross floor area of the industrial activity, whichever is the lesser.

GIZ-R6 Other Plan Matters

The following may also be relevant:

(1) Section 7.1 Energy, 7.2 Infrastructure, 7.3 Transportation

(2) Section 8.1 Contaminated Land, 8.2 Hazardous Substances, 8.3 Natural Hazards

(3) Chapter 11 Subdivision

(4) Section 12.1 All Activities

(5) Section 12.3 Air Emissions, 12.4 Earthworks, 12.6 Light, 12.7 Noise, 12.8 Signs, 12.9 4

(6) Part 3- Any relevant overlay

GIZ- Principal Reasons


The plan’s standards for the size and location of buildings, and the management of noise and hazardous substances are not restrictive. This recognises that the industrial estates cover sufficiently large areas for the potential environmental effects to be largely contained within the boundaries of the zone itself.

Due to reverse sensitivity concerns, restrictions have been placed on subdivision for rural or rural-residential purposes within a specified distance of the GIZ boundary.


In Tirau where the GIZ adjoins residential properties, a priority is placed on controls aiming to maintain amenity values for nearby residential units. District plan provisions recognise the existing 24-hour operating-environment of the factories, the scale of existing buildings, glare from lighting, the existing noise, and the volume and frequency of truck movements to and from the processing facilities.


Suitable provision is made for activities associated with the by-products of processing industries. In this regard it is important that off-site infrastructure, including water stream processes are recognised as suitable activities in the nearby GRUZ.

GIZ- Anticipated Results


A flexible regime of provisions to enable a range of industrial activities to locate in selected areas.


Industrial operations are safeguarded from incompatible development.


Formerly vacant parcels of land and vacant buildings are utilised for new industrial enterprises.


The character and amenity values of the residential areas adjacent to the GIZ is maintained through appropriate zone controls relating to building setbacks, landscaping and screening.