Located adjacent to the site of an ancestral kāinga (village) and repo (wetland) where Māori life flourished alongside Te Wai Horotiu (the river that flowed down the contemporary Queen Street valley), Pā Rongorongo provides a new approach to sharing information with residents and visitors about our place and the changes that are occuring across the city centre.
Pā Rongorongo provides a safe and welcoming space within the heart of the city, underpinned by our reo matua (our founding tongue). Most importantly, the Hub is manned by our kaimanaaki (host) who plays a crucial role in establishing manaakitanga (hospitality) to whoever visits the space.
Our Year in Review
Since opening in March the Pā has hosted 23 events and its peak activty month was October (Artweek month) with 594 visitors in and around its events. A variety of community groups deliver free meals on the site weekly. At the Best Design Awards Pā Rongorongo was awarded Bronze in the Ngā Aho section and silver in the Portable Buildings & Exhibtions section.
Opening Tautoko and Karakia
Pā Rongorongo was officially opened to the public on Februrary 15th, 2019 with support from Viv Beck Chief Executive, Heart of the City, Mayor Phil Goff, Liz Allen Project Lead Auckland Design Office and Otene Reweti Māori Relationships and Governance. The event featured karakia, opening ceremonies and a group performance from the Auckland Street Choir Pitt St. Methodist Church.
Since its opening the hub has facilitated a broad range of collaborations, community building exercises, educational workshops, artistic practices and conversations about our city centre. Many of the events and conversations anchored by Pā Rongorongo have been fully initiated by community groups and members of the public such as; free haircuts for the homeless, free food initiatives and a volunteer programme supporting the Griffith's Gardens Community Fridge.
The objective of Pā Rongorongo is to create a place:
• Where people can get information about the city centre and its transformation
• Where Te Reo is celebrated and spoken
• That is engaging for people in a way that is meaningful and useful to them
• Where people can give feedback and have conversation s with well-informed staff
• That it acts as a conduit for information back into council to establish exactly what information people want to know
• That is flexible and able to evolve as feedback is received
• To provide a platform to tell city centre stories and host community events/exhibitions/discussions.
• Pride Festival featuring FAFSWAG artists: Sione Monu, Pati Solomona, Tyrell and Jermaine Deane
• Auckland Festival of Photography exhibition of some of the best works from recent years and the digital event trail map
• 125 Years of Womens Suffrage exhibition organised by Auckland City Library
• Matariki artist: Kereama Taepa on digital wall
• City Centre Residents Group fundraiser on-site for the Griffiths Garden's Community Fridge raised $915.00. Initiative of Albert St resident Kathy Ross
• Artweek: Māori artists Charlotte Graham, Kauri dieback and Natasha Keating, indigenous women's rights. Artworks, talks and digital wall activated
• Novembre Numerique - Exhibition of works made in NZ and digital wall by French artist Tony Regazzoni, plus talks in Central City Library and Ellen Melvile Centre. Partner - The French Embassy, Wellington
• Fresh Flower Christmas Cards - Workshop for children with Sione Monu
• City Rail Link Construction, host Carol Greensmith Communications representative - 9 tours
• Sense Walks hosted by Splice AKL - 8 tours
• Te Ao Tangata Universal Design Tour hosted by Darren Davis and Elise Copeland, Auckland Design Office as part of the 3rd Universal Design Conference
• Walk the Walk : A History of Fashion in the City host Doris De Pont NZ Fashion Museum, 3 tours
• Raymond Sagapolutele - Through the Lens at Night 2 guided photography tours, Artweek
Features of Pā Rongorongo
Emerging Auckland - Pā Rongorongo is the first site to feature Emerging Auckland, a digital mapping portal that features information on the city centre and tracks a variety of developments. The application is hosted on a 55 inch touch screen and Microsoft Tablets and features data on the City Rail Link, cycleways, walking routes, public facilities, community spaces, public art, Māori sites of significance and much more.
Kaimanaaki - Pā Rongorongo's most crucial asset is manaakitanga. Jen Fuemana is the kaimanaaki (host) of the space, providing information and ensures visitors get the information they need.
LED Digital Wall - Pā Rongorongo's exterior wall features a unique, LED lighting installation designed by Angus Muir that can be activated by visual artists who take up residency in the Pā.
3D Model of City Rail Link Development - Pā Rongorongo hosted a 1-1000 3D printed model that details Albert Street and the future sites for train stations including Aotea Station.
For the Love of Bees Heritage Seed Bank - Pā Rongorongo hosts the FTLOB Heritage Seed Bank and provides free heritage seeds to members of the public.
Brochures - A range of informational material.
Project Lead: Activate Auckland
Project Funder: City Centre Targeted Rate, Auckland Transport
Auckland City Library
Auckland Festival of Photography
Auckland Street Choir
Auckland Transport Walking and Cycling
Awhina Mai Tatou Katoa
Creative Services Limited (Anya Vitali)
Griffith’s Gardens Community Fridge Volunteers
Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen
Heart of the City
He Wiki Kiriata Maori – Maori Film Week
Love Food Hate Waste
New Zealand Fashion Museum
New Zealand’s French Embassy
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, For the Love of Bees
The City Rail Link Limited
University of Auckland Alumni
Pati Solomona Tyrell
Māori Responsiveness 2018
Te Paparahi Toi Maori booklet and the digital App, is a collaborative project that reveals and makes visible the elements of Maori culture, the inspiration handed down from ngā tupuna that belong to this beautiful land.
Here in Auckland city centre we have magical collection of Māori art and design elements embedded into the fabric of our city. All of these works reveal Māori and shared histories beneath the modern façade of the city. They offer clues and insights into the rich indigenous culture, maori values, knowledge and ways of being. They help make our place.
Often what is not known is the journey behind the works, the intention of Paparahi Toi is to give thanks, acknowledgement and to attribute the Iwi, Hapu , and Whanau who have played a significant part of the inspiration and processes behind these works.
“Māori artists will again arise, who will not merely imitate the achievement of their ancestors, but, inheriting their inspiration, will adapt their genius to the demands and opportunities of the day.” - Apirana Ngata 1928
Ngā Pae o Hine
To celebrate Women’s Suffrage and Matariki, painter Natasha Keating and weaver Bethany Matai Edmunds created an installation at the Central City Libray. This looked deeply into Hine Te Iwaiwa and her relationship to the moon. It provided a space to reflect and revisit these ancient connections we have to our environment, our cosmologies and our genealogies through Marama and her many faces. A night of waiata, Pō Whakaari, with bi-lingual singer and artist Whirimako Black was was held within the exhibition.
Te Paparahi Toi Māori - Walks in the City
This project consists of three tools; a phone APP, a map APP and a 48 page booklet. It was curated by Māori designer Olivia Haddon, Ngāti Manuhiri, Auckland Council Design Office. The book was published by Artweek Auckland with support from Auckland Council, ATEED and Auckland Transport Walking and Cycling.
The eight walks mapped showcase sixty sites comprising private and public art, urban and architectural design and sites of significance which celebrate Māori identity, history, knowledge and contemporary presence in the City Centre.
10,000 print copies are available free and 7,000 were distributed in the first three months. The map APP is based in Pa Rongorongo but will be in satellite sites with the first being the Central City Library.
"Te Paparahi, Toi Māori looks wonderful, congratulations. Thank you so much for sending me a copy of the book we are delighted to be included and will walk them over the summer. Ngā mihi nui,
- Andrew for Patterson Associates Limited.
Te Wiki O Te Reo Hikoi Māori
Thousands of people, including hundreds of children from schools across the city marched through central Auckland for a hīkoi supporting Te wiki o te reo Māori. It ended with activities with Mayor Phil Goff on Aotea Square. The theme was 'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ which means ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'. “Strength for an endangered language comes from its status, people being aware of how to support revitalisation, people acquiring and using it and from the language having the right words and terms to be used well for any purpose." A partnership with: ADO Māori Design Team, Te Waka Anga Mua ki Uta and Auckland Transport Walking and Cycling.
Pā Rongoa Garden
Ko te tohu o te "Te Puawai o te Kakano" e tohu ana i te tirohanga a Te Awhina Mai Tatou me te Aroha o te Pi. Ko tenei mahere he hononga ora me Mana Whenua o Taamaki Makaurau Iwi-Ngāti Whātua ki Orakei. Ko nga tikanga kaitiakitanga Māori o Rongoā kei te whakatu ano i te pokapū o te taone nui. This metaphor of a “Blossoming Seed” represents the shared vision of Te Awhina Mai Tatou and the Love of Bees to establish a place for the sharing of Rongoa knowledge.
This garden is a living partnership with Mana Whenua o Tamāki Makaurau Iwi - Ngāti Whātua ki Orakei, Awhina Mai Tatou Kātoa. Here Māori kaitiakitanga practices of Rongoā have been established. The launch in February featured the blessing and installation of three pou in the gardens carved by Awhina Mai Tatou Kātoa, a recently housed group. A key outcome from the Rongoa Garden was a new community group led by the people of the street and Awhina Mai Tatou Kātoa.
Adjacent to the site of an ancestral kainga and repo where Māori life flourished alongside Te Wai Horotiu, Pā Rongorongo provides a new approach to sharing information about our place and the changes that are occurring across the City Centre. This year at the 2018 Best Design Awards the Pā received Bronze in the Ngā Aho section.
Since opening in March, Pā Rongorongo has become a site for collaboration, community building and artistic expression. The Pā has hosted Māori artists including: Charlotte Graham and Natasha Keating Artweek 2018; Jermaine Deez Pride 2018; and Kereama Taepa He Wiki Kiriata Māori 2018. Māori carvers have worked on-site and free community-led Te Reo classes, Rongoa garden workshops and Māori art tours have been held. More information on page 15.
He Wiki Kiriata Māori - Māori Film Week
Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most diverse city, but has not had an annual festival of Māori film. Māori Film Week was proposed by Wairoa Māori Film Festival director Leo Koziol as an annual festival that also looks at art, design, food, fashion, literature, pop culture and music and their connection to film.
The event was part of Matariki Festival and promoted as “Wairoa Māori Film Festival presents He Wiki Kiriata Māori – Māori Film Week”, a celebration of Māori and Pasifika and international guests showcasing indigenous cinema and multimedia. The theme was Māori Futurism and was 9 days in 7 venues (four in the city centre), with over 50 short films, feature dramas and documentaries.
Karangasem Cultural Festival
Through Barbara Holloway’s Indonesian contacts, she received an offer to send five Aotearoa Māori artists, fully funded by the Indonesian government, to the First Karangasem Indigenous Festival in Bali.
Phil Wihongi Auckland Council's Maori Designer and Barbara nominated Amiria Puia-Taylor, artist and people-weaver, as the curator. Amiria, Dena Jacobs Council’s Poukokiri Rangahau Maori librarian researcher and DJ; musician, artist, carver, tattooist James Webster; and artists Bobby McDonald and Natasha Keating formed a Roopu, Te Taura Toi Aotearoa. They collaborated with indigenous groups including Khmu Laos, Aborigine Australia, Mentawi Java, Sumbanese Sumba, Tenganan Bali, Dayak Borneo, Ciptagelar Java and Baduy Java.
The Festival aimed to reinforce the role of cultural heritage. It was in accordance with the UNESCO initiative summoning the world community to promote connections intergenerationally between cultures through indigenous art.
Tautoko from Amiria Puia-Taylor
"As a community stakeholder and a People Weaver, my core role is to weave 'hard to reach' communities into spaces and organisations that promote arts and culture within and Tāmaki Makaurau and beyond. My relationship with Activate Auckland has been a true and meaningful reflection of what Te Tiriti ō Waitangi means in practice and ā-kōrero. Barbara and her team have supported my work in creating ways that allow wider communities to engage with Māori arts that spark discussion for indigenous methodologies and practices within (un)conventional spaces.
This includes helping with public programming of Ngā Pae ō Hina at Auckland Libraries, Pō Whakaari featuring local and internationally recognised artists of Māori descent and most recently, an opportunity for a delegation of Māori artists (Te Taura Toi) who work in contemporary & traditional arts practices to travel on behalf of Aotearoa to the Karangasem Worlds Indigenous Cultures Festival at Junguntan Village, Bali Indonesia. Our partnership is important, fruitful and necessary for arts and culture and for Māori Arts to thrive in Aotearoa and to the world.
- Amiria Puia-Taylor, The 312 Hub."
Celebrating Māori Modernism
Māori modernists and their legacy in the city centre at Ellen Melville Centre was part of Auckland Heritage Festival and extended into Artweek. It comprised a large-scale photo and text display accompanied by a talk and a guided tour. The Māori modernist movement emerged in 1960s, with Māori artists forging a new national identity of fresh art forms imbued with indigeneity.
The Auckland Council public art collection has a significant group of works by five Māori artists at the forefront of this movement. This exhibition celebrated those artists: Ralph Hotere, Fred Graham, Selwyn Muru, Paratene Matchitt and Arnold Manaaki Wilson.
Po | Beautiful Darkness
A video has been produced to showcase one of the highlights of Late Night Art at Artweek 2017. This large scale performance in St Matthews In the City heralded a new generation of influencers from Media Design School and Mika Haka Foundation. Mika brought performance and art together with musical arranger Penny Dodd and orchestra. It showcased young Māori artists, queer performance and was an interactive immersive experience with costume, moving image, live music, performance and installation. Two back to back shows were required to accommodate the over 1200 people who attended.
Tamaki Herenga Waka Festival
An inaugural event to showcase art, moving image, craft, jewellery and fashion by Toi Māori artists. 46 artists participated and over the 3 days approximately 3000 visitors came through. Live music and interactive workshops /talks and a heritage display were included. A partnership with ATEED and Auckland Art Gallery.
Christmas in the City
Activate Auckland provided a Māori advisor and funding to Heart of the City for their event to embed traditional and contemporary Maori cultural acts into the schedule.
Matiu Bartlett played over 12 different traditional instruments that he has made. Some re-create sounds such as tui calls and are used in ceremonies to Karanga people onto Marae atea. Bartlett also loops sounds electronically over his recordings to create his blend of traditional and modern music.
Majic Paora is a young wahine reggae-roots artist. Paora has had many successes both here and overseas. For her, reggae is an way of life, one that deals with issues of inequality and disparity. In one year Majic and her team did over 80 gigs, travelling to small settlements that rarely get the chance to see any live music.
Development Response 2018
Development Response is the coordinated planning and implementation of tools to mitigate the impacts of large scale development and cumulative impact of construction activity on people. It is also the pathway to a legacy of long-term change in travel mode behavior; and change in approaches to economic, social, ecological and cultural behaviors.
Auckland’s City Centre is experiencing an unprecedented level of development activity with 14NZD billion of public and private works planned for the next decade. For the duration of the works these projects bring challenges to local business, residents and visitors. There is increased pressure to maintain access, remain a viable business centre, a comfortable home and a vibrant destination.
Development Response Action Plan
In 2017 Activate Auckland established the Development Response Working Group. The outcome is the City Centre Development Response Action Plan. This plan identifies nine priorities (diagram page opposite) which when integrated deliver a best practice programme and are the platform for a legacy of long term change. Local Action Plans have been created for: Albert Street, K Road, The Downtown Programme, Federal St South and a draft for Aotea Quarter.
Code of Practice
Activate Auckland with partners from the Council family and the Business Associations is creating a Code of Practice for project managers to embed the principles of Development Response into all projects. It is vital in the early scoping phase of projects to identify opportunities to offset impacts of construction. A critical factor is ensuring the precincts between projects are are supported through the changes as the cumulative impacts of construction are not restricted to project boundaries.
Suite of Tools in the Code
•Standardized temporary way-finding signage and guidelines for its use and placement in a consistent manner
• Guidelines for the post- construction permanent way-finding signage
• Tactical urbanism solutions
• Hoardings exemplars guidelines
• Business Ready Kits
• Code of Conduct, site specific management
• Travel demand management programme
• Action Plan template
• Programme planner
• Monitoring and evaluation with standardized
Artweek Auckland 2018
Audiences for Late Night Art across the City Centre were diverse in age, culture and ethnicity. Many people visited the activities as a group or in pairs.
Auckland Art Gallery recorded over 2700 people entering their doors between 5pm and 9pm and an estimated audience of 4000 engaged with the moving image work by Good Company Arts and Daniel Belton “Theatre of Light” which screened from 7pm to 10pm. Statistics were provided by Artweek Auckland.
Key Auckland Art Gallery highlights included free-entry to the Gordon Walters: New Vision exhibition, Walter’s Prize 2018 exhibition as well as the new gallery shows on the ground floor of the Auckland Art Gallery.
For the Love of Bees - 1 Million Flowers
For the Love of Bees (FTLOB) collaborated with artists and communities to produce a series of posters to brighten up the city and share facts on pollinators and the environment. For Late Night Art the team hosted a free, community poster making workshop.
The poster making workshop, held in the Mojo coffee shop in Bledisloe Lane, was highly popular. The artwork created in the workshops has since been featured in FTLOB campaigns on Phantom Billsticker locations across the greater Auckland region. This project was enabled by Kirsty Cameron, Phil Kelly and sponsored by Phantom.
Robert George - Bledisloe Lane Lightboxes
Robert George is of Ngāti Kuki Airani (Rarotonga and Atiu) and Te Arawa heritage. Robert was one of three artists nominated for the 2018 Auckland Festival of Photography Annual Commission. In 2016 Robert won the Emerging Māori Director award for his short film Smiths Ave at the Wairoa Māori Film Festival. To celebrate Robert's work, Artweek curated a series of sixteen images in eight lightboxes in Bledisloe Lane.
Theatre of Light at Auckland Art Gallery
For Late Night Art Auckland Art gallery extended opening hours from 5pm to 9pm and hosted the projection of Good Company Art and Daniel Belton’s Art Work “Theatre of Lights” on the gallery forecourt wall to 10pm. More info page 18, opposite.
Projected on the exterior of the Gallery for Late Night Art, 'Theatre of Light' featured recent works from the Good Company Arts' internationally acclaimed repertoire of dance films.
“Good Company Arts aims to create a “stage” that can be explored by other domains of knowledge complementary to dance, as well as architecture, anthropology, computer programming, etc. In these terms, Daniel Belton’s work is able to enlarge the understanding of the human being in movement” - Letizia Gioia Monda, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
The Little Theatre
The tradition known as “Punch & Judy” puppet theatre shows were performed from small portable theatre-like constructions. Artist and lecturer Paul Woodruffe and students of Unitec's Creative Industries course co-created a modern, digital rendition of an old-school puppet theatre. The theatre, installed outside the Central City Libary, was adorned with a cluster of ipods. These showed footage of inner city experiences compiled by Shadow, a member of Auckland's ex-rough sleeping community.
Sione Monu Kahoa Workshop
Artist Sione Monu hosted workshops to teach his version of the traditional Tongan Kahoa or garlands using the art of flower design. The workshops at the Central City Library were booked out to people from all walks of life.
Raymond Sagapolutele - Through the Lens at Night
For Artweek 2018 Pacific photographer and artist, Raymond Sagapolutele hosted two separate, night time photography walks across the central city. Entitled, "Through the lens at night" Raymond took attendees across the city centre to photograph some of Aucklands most significant landmarks and lesser noticed gems.
Te Paparahi, Toi Māori
Te Paparahi, Toi Māori, Walks in the City was officially launched at the 2018 Artweek opening at Auckland Art Gallery and two guided walking tours were held during Artweek. (Note: Within the first 3 months 7000 books had been distributed.)
Te Paparahi, Toi Māori, Walks in the City project consists of three tools; a phone APP, a map APP and the 48 page booklet. It showcases sixty Māori sites of significance and there are eight walks around the city centre that feature private and public art, urban and architectural design. They celebrate Māori identity, history, knowledge and contemporary presence.
The material was curated by Māori designer Olivia Haddon, Ngāti Manuhiri, of the Auckland Council Design Office and published by Artweek Auckland with support from Auckland Council, ATEED and Auckland Transport.
Ellen Melville Community Centre hosted a photographic exhibition of the public works in the City Centre by renowned artists Selwyn Muru, Ralph Hotere, Fred Graham, Paratene Matchitt and Arnold Manaaki Wilson.
Dr. Linda Tyler gave a talk on the artists; their histories and their contribution to Auckland's social and physical landscape. She then led a free guided tour of the works.
The project, visited by 2000 people on late Night Art alone, was curated by Olivia Haddon, Specialist Māori Design, Auckland Design Office assisted by Māori art curator Anya Vitali.
Project Leads: Activate Auckland, Artweek Auckland
Project Funder: City Centre Targeted Rate
Auckland Central City Library
For the Love of Bees
Auckland Design Office
Ellen Melville Community Centre
Good Company Art
Auckland Art Gallery
Aotea Quarter 2018
Following the release of the “Centre Stage: Contextual Strategy” that Jillian de Beer authored in 2017, Activate Auckland partnered with many of the venues in the Aotea Quarter in 2018 to continue facilitating collaboration between them and reinforcing connections that reflect Outcome 1 of the Aotea Quarter Framework – A Civic and Cultural Heart.
From Vogue Balls and interactive documentaries, to digital exhibitions and sensory explorations, Activate Auckland funded a wide range of creative community-led activities in Aotea Quarter’s public realm.
Pride Festival at Auckland Art Gallery
The FAFSWAG Vogue Ball was the first collaboration between Auckland Council, Auckland Pride Festival and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. FAFSWAG arts collective celebrated the launch of their interactive documentary with a live vogue battle and outdoor screening.
Audiences for event were diverse in age, culture and ethnicity. The event was at capacity very early after opening and when the maximum allowable audience was reached, people spilled over into Albert Park to view the ball from the park opposite the Auckland Art Gallery East Terrace. Approximately 500 people attended the event onsite, with another 250 spectators in Albert Park.
• Auckland Art Gallery engagement was enhanced with participation from local communities, in particular the Pasifika LGBTQ+ communities from Auckland’s suburban regions
• Pasifika and Māori artists were supported to create a unique event for communities to engage with the Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki and the Auckland PRIDE Festival 2018
• Visibility for the Pasifika and Māori LGBTQ+ community and growing Vogue youth communities during the Auckland PRIDE Festival
“This work was only possible through the foresight and vision of Barbara Holloway and the structural and organisational support of professionally experienced event specialist like Rose Jackson. In this way Activate Auckland plays a pivotal role in building the capacity for artists to present new and innovative work to eager and willing communities.” Tanu Gago, Founder of FAF SWAG
“From the perspective of the gallery, all partners, especially the artists FAF SWAG, worked earnestly to deliver a compelling and engaging experience for Auckland Pride.” - Johnny Hui, Public Programmes Manager at Auckland Art Gallery
Activate Auckland hosted French artist, Tony Regazzoni, in Pa Rongorongo during November as part of a cross-cultural digital exchange with the French Embassy, ‘Novembre Numerique’ - an annual French celebration hosted across multiple global platforms.
Tony worked with local Māori carvers, artists, lighting specialists and photographers to create a number of works that launched in Pa Rongorongo in November for a month long exhibition. Tony also partnered with Auckland Art Gallery, Splice, Auckland Central Library and other Aotea Quarter organisations to explore their collections and present talks.
• Strengthened collaboration between Aotea Quarter venues
• Strengthened collaboration between Aotea Quarter venues
• Facilitated cross-cultural collaboration between artists and sharing knowledge
Projects in the Aotea Quarter in 2018
• Korero Bike development – in partnership with Auckland Central Library
• Graduation activities at Pā Rongorongo and lightbox dispalys in Aotea Square. Partnership with the University of Auckland
• Sense Walks – in partnership with Splice
• Doc Edge Festival – in partnership with Q Theatre and the Doc Edge Trust
• Suffrage 125 – in partnership with the Central Auckland Library
• For the Love of Bees. More information page 25
• Art Speaks – in Partnership with Splice
Broadway Lights at Q Theatre
As part of Activate Auckland’s support of the Aotea Quarter area, Q Theatre requested funding to go towards an upgrade of the external Queen Street frontage of their building. They wished to create a restful, welcoming space for everyone to enjoy. An oasis of calm on a busy street to watch the 'Theatre of Life' go by and to better connect the external public realm activity on the theatre's doorstep to the interior of the venue.
• Activated the public realm and encouraged fresh engagement with a cultural venue in Aotea Quarter
• Provided connection between the internal and external realms of the building and increased perceived safety due to increased illumination of the space at night
• Trialled an activated zone on Queen St to support economic development in the city centre
“Thanks so much for the support and vision to make this happen - we’re very lucky to have Rose, Barbara and the team making our city more exciting!” - James Wilson, Director Q Theatre
Project Leads: Activate Auckland
Project Funder: City Centre Targeted Rate
Auckland Art Gallery
Auckland Pride Festival
The French Embassy of New Zealand
Auckland Central Library
Auckland Town Hall
Tactical Urbanism 2018
The Tactical Urban Interventions programme, (TUI) delivered by Auckland Council and funded by the City Centre Targeted Rate seeks to provide temporary, low-cost, people-centred interventions through a mix of collaborative activations, pilots and trials in the public realm.
Public space or public realm is the glue that holds the city centre together; the canvas for public life. A better connected public realm supports business, visitor and resident's activities alongside inviting the use of walking and cycling.
The Laneways Circuit was first identified as an opportunity in the City Centre Masterplan. It is a network of secondary streets and lanes that have the potential to create a more intimate pedestrian experience through the city centre.
The TUI programme seeks to define and support the Laneways Circuit by delivering short-term projects that enhance the public realm, increase safety and amenity and activate the Circuit until such time that permanent works can be implemented.
Federal Street Shared Space Traffic Calming Trials
Worked with Sky City and Auckland Transport (AT)to address traffic speed and behaviour on Federal Street shared space. The space, constructed in 2014, currently lacks activation at its southern end, encouraging traffic to gather speed. The first stage was to place ten pohutukawa planter boxes along the street, narrowing the linear traffic route physically and visually. Unfortunately speed counts showed negligible difference so a further stage of the trial was implemented.
The second stage of works built on the first stage and included PlaceKit street furniture configurations across the street, creating pinch points and chicanes to slow speeds. Initial feedback and observations on site suggest that this is much more effective; however, speed count data is yet to be received to confirm this.
Interestingly, there has been no incidence of the furniture being damaged by vehicles; something observed at other sites, suggesting that traffic is moving cautiously. An additional benefit of the furniture is its popularity with pedestrians for seating, more so than the permanent seating in the street.
Federal Street Walking and Cycling Improvements
Further north on the Laneway Circuit, an interim contraflow cycleway and pedestrian improvements are being tested. Federal St is scheduled for permanent upgrade but given the current challenges and route restrictions presented by City Rail Link (CRL) construction on the adjacent street, a safer, more efficient alternative route is needed.
• This part of Federal Street has always been car-dominated. This project seeks to move to a more pedestrian and place-focused environment. Through
a simple palette of materials – paint, planter boxes, armadillos and speed humps – the road was narrowed and a separated cycleway created. This is the first contra-flow cycleway in Auckland. Crossing distances at intersections were shortened via painted ‘kerb build outs’ and a polka dot pattern was applied to slow down traffic. A zebra crossing with separate bike lane crossing was installed over Wyndham Street. Key findings from the evaluation:
• Daily cyclist counts near Kingston Street up by 80%
• Pedestrian volume outside 61 Federal Street has more than doubled since 2017
• Low vehicle speeds support a change to 30kmph
St Paul Street Improvements and Place Making
This project sought to improve pedestrian movements, facilitating better connections between key spaces, and provide pedestrian amenity around key buildings frontages including the new engineering building. This project was completed in collaboration with AUT and AT.
An opportunity was identified to permanently widen the footpath outside the new engineering building. The area was still under construction, behind hoardings. So with a contract variation and car parking removal, the footpath was widened rather than reinstated to original upon building completion.
After this success, further car parking was removed along the southern, sunny side of the street and the space converted into parklets and populated with informal seating, planters and trees boxes on a strip of artificial turf. More bike parking was installed
AT then extended the one-way designation to Governor Fitzroy Place which simplified traffic movement and ended turning manoeuvres. Polka dots were painted across the street at the two main crossing areas in colours that complemented the buildings.
Eastern Viaduct Planting Trial
In collaboration with Panuku Development Auckland, PlaceKit was installed in Eastern Viaduct as part of a coastal planting trial testing the success of native species in planter boxes in this waterfront location. The trial sought to inform species selection for future coastal landscape projects. PlaceKit also provided seating to complement Panuku's picnic tables.
Alfred Street Parking Removal and Traffic Calming
Alfred Street was declared a Pedestrian Mall in 2007 to encourage a low traffic area focusing on pedestrians and cyclists. More recently the number of vehicles using and parking on Alfred Street, whilst prohibited, has increased to a point of saturation.
As part of an interim solution it was decided to add PlaceKit to existing parking bays, in colourful, playful configurations that would block parking while providing pedestrian amenity. The traffic lane was also narrowed by a row of PlaceKit planters to slow speeds of traffic.
The University of Auckland confirmed the street has been transformed and now feels much more like a space for people. The University organised a planting morning, funded by AT, where students planted the units as part of a campus eco event.
Downtown Development Response 2018
The Downtown Programme will create a generous and welcoming destination along the water’s edge that is recognisably Tāmaki Makaurau. It will become a space that strengthens people’s connection with the Waitematā Harbour – a vibrant, transformed environment for all to enjoy.
The Council family are accelerating key projects, which subject to resource consents being obtained, will be in place for the 36th America’s Cup, Asia-Pacific Economic Forum (APEC), and Te Matatini in 2021. In just three years Auckland’s waterfront will look dramatically different.
These projects have a combined investment value of up to $225 million and therefore involve a considerable level of construction activity in one of the city centre’s most dynamic areas. Downtown is home to three major transport hubs, Auckland’s cruise terminal, major event facilities, a vibrant hospitality offering, two large hotels, significant commercial properties and businesses, 679 residents and Auckland’s busiest cycle-way. It is also located adjacent to CRL and Commercial Bay’s active construction site.
• Ensure Downtown remained a great place to live, work, visit and do business during construction
• Provide additional resource for the programme delivery team to support local stakeholders
• Contribute to removing risks to the programme through the resource consenting and engagement processes.
• Challenge Business As Usual project delivery methods ensuring the delivery team thinks ‘Outside the hoarding line’ when making decisions
Over the next ten years, the Downtown programme will be creating a generous and welcoming destination along the water’s edge that is recognisably Tāmaki Makaurau.
The Downtown Development Response team was bought on board as part of the programme delivery team by Auckland Transport in May 2018 and allocated a budget based on 1% of the total programme total cost.
• Delivered by Auckland Transport
• Project Value, $225 Million
• Average 215,000 cruise visitors to area per year
Year in Review
The Downtown Development Response Team consisting of Catherine Edmeades, Development Response Manager and Liz Allen, Street Response Manager undertook the following activities in 2018.
Development Response Strategy and Action Plan
• This strategy and its accompanying action plan were developed to outline programme objectives, highlight issues which could arise and best practice tools to implement the development response programme
Developed a Code of Conduct which embeds high expectations of behaviour and site operations into the construction contract.
Includes: Overall site appearance, site fencing, contractor parking and onsite behavior, after-hours / event mode, waste management, noise management and universal access.
• Developed and implemented a Site Audit Checklist to ensure requirements stipulated in the Code of Conduct are being met
• Worked with contractors to install temporary site fences which are appropriate for the context
• Commissioned temporary site fencing artwork and project information boards
• Implemented temporary wayfinding signage on site so people can easily and safely navigate to and through downtown
• Established a downtown events calendar which informs contractor activities to reduce potential impact on events
Communication and Engagement
• Supported the Communication and Engagement team in the development of key messages, stakeholder engagement strategy and engagement collateral
• Set up operational working groups with key stakeholders
• Delivered 12 stakeholder engagement events with 550 people in total attending
• 192 pieces of feedback were received
Temporary public space was installed in the Plaza of 1 Queen Street during Auckland Anniversary weekend and from 1-15 February to provide people a nice place to sit and meet
• Begun developing business support and activation plan alongside key stakeholders
Monitoring and Evaluation
• To ensure Coucil family have a clear understanding of how construction activity is affecting the community two quarterly data scorecards were produced. These reported on: Pedestrian Movement, Retail / hospitality spend, Events, Property, Demographics. (See monitoring indicators diagram page 11)
For the Love of Bees & The Griffith's Gardens 2018
For The Love of Bees is a living social sculpture that began in 2016 in the heart of Auckland city in collaboration with Auckland Council and Activate Auckland.
Its regenerative learning adventures and projects share the most fruitful, holistic ways to indulge in a love for bees, leaving people inspired and capable of contributing to their whole ecosystem's wellbeing.
The project offers opportunities for businesses, students, individuals, schools, community gardens, brand partners and beekeepers to collaborate and produce a vision that will live on through the City of Auckland for years to come.
Over the period 1 June 2017 - 31 July 2018, For the Love of Bees facilitated 114 public events including two free biking bee events that traversed the inner city with support from Auckland Transport. FTLOB also facilitated over 30 workshops within schools and other community groups, including St Heliers school, Herne Bay Playcentre, The Chinese Presbyterian Church, Auckland Girls Grammar, Kelmarna Gardens, and Ecomatters.
• Delivered a weekly 2-hour drop-in biological gardening workshop and a monthly 5 hour drop-in workshop geared around quality compost making.
• Delivered workshops for a number of groups including AUT’s Design for Sustainability class who FTLOB approached and encouraged to design for bees, the MIT Horticultural Beekeeping group, the Chinese Presbyterian Church group, St Matthews Church Community Garden, the 2018 Auckland Climate Challenge Conference for youth, Enviroschools teachers, Live Lightly, Balmoral School, East Tamaki School and St Annes Manurewa
• Delivered school holiday workshops with Andrea Reid of Pollinator Paths and Bees Up Top.
• Established a Rongoā Garden (traditional Maori medicinal garden) in collaboration with Ngāti Whātua, Awatea Hawke, Awhina Mai Tatou Katoa and Rob Smith. The garden is a living partnership with Mana Whenua o Tamāki Makaurau Iwi, Ngāti Whātua ki Orakei. Three pou carved by Tom Ropata and his crew were erected by Awhina Mai Tatou Katoa to watch over the garden.
• Hosted artworks and accompanying workshops by artists Levi Brinsdon-Hall, Amanda Yates and Monique Jansen. This included the ‘Carbon Cycle,’ a planter and mobile kitchen installation by AUT’s Puna Waipapaora, a Low-Carbon Urban Activation Lab, which functioned as a focal point for numerous workshops and conversations around climate change.
• Hosted teachers including Judy Keats of The Compost Collective, Richard Main from Gardens4Health, Blue Borage, and Cam smith, a biochar expert.
• Held activations for the ‘Hour of Lockout’ for Mental Health Day and World Peace Day
• Opened an Organic Seed Saving Bank to the public in Pā Rongorongo
Native Bee Awareness
Collaborated with native bee expert Dr Ngaire Hart to present two public talks that were very well attended and organised an interview on RNZ with Jesse Mulligan, where Ngaire was able to discuss her thesis. The talks were held at at Owairoa Marae in Mellons Bay and Ellen Melville Centre. Ngaire spoke about how to identify native bees using microscopes, the korero of insects, in terms of whakapapa and Rongoā and the healing aspects relating to bees.
Capacity Building and Meaningful Opportunities
• Levi Brinsdon-Hall began as a student at Elam, using For the Love of Bees for his living artwork. Since becoming a facilitator, his teaching and growing skills have truly flourished over the life of the project. Levi has a wonderful way with children, who soak up his animated enthusiasm for nature and its systems.
• Gabrielle Message began as a sustainable business student at AUT, using For the Love of Bees to fulfill part of her coursework. She then chose For the Love of Bees as her co-operative education placement, contributing design, writing and ideation skills to help the project tell its story.
• Paora is a long time collaborator and a member of the homeless community. Last year he planted, managed and harvested kumara at Griffith’s Gardens and is now an official waterer. He contributes extensive organic growing knowledge.
Further Highlights and Recognition
Recognition - For the Love of Bees received two nominations for the International Award for Public Art (IAPA) by Leon Tan and Kelly Carmichael, which will be announced March 2019 in Singapore.
Presence at events - For the Love of Bees were represented at Summer in the Square, The Myers Park Medley, "Village of Flowers" at Queens Wharf, Parnell Festival of Roses, NZ Flower and Garden Show and Auckland Anniversary Weekend at Silo Park.
Presentations - Talks were delivered in front of Soil and Health NZ, New Zealand Tree Crops Association, Parnell Rotary, the Permaculture Hui 2018, and at The New Zealand Association for Environmental Education conference (NZAEE) - where the team shared teaching tools with Enviroschools teachers and other environmental educators. Presentations to council were done for both the Regenerative Parks project and for the Waste Management and Minimization Plan.
Social media - For the Love of Bees gained 1,875 Facebook page likes and 264 newsletter subscribers in the period 1 June 2017 - 31 July 2018.
Teaching tools - For the Love of Bees creates and hosts free online teaching tools and modes of action that help communities take regenerative actions. These are being embraced by a number of groups.
Karangahape Road Development Response 2018
In November 2017, the Karangahape Road Development Response Plan was drafted to address the potential impact of the upcoming Karangahape Road Streetscape Enhancement Project.
A key Development Response action is to ensure the programme is up and running in communities well in advance of projects starting so that residents, businesses and visitors are given enough time to prepare for the changes that construction will bring.
Activate Auckland and Auckland Transport were part of the pre-works project team which piloted a Development Response led approach. Activate Auckland also partnered with the K Road Business Association to develop a Business Support programme that was funded by the City Centre targeted rate.
Auckland Council and Auckland Transport are cognisant of the unique mix of retail, hospitality, creative and commercial businesses in the Karangahape Road area. To prepare for the changes and opportunities that the K Road Enhancement Project will bring: Auckland Council, Business Mentors NZ, the Auckland Business Chamber, Easy Social Media and the K Road Business Association (KBA) worked together to offer Business Pac; a package of services free to businesses.
Business Pac includes:
• Free personal business mentor for 12 months from Business Mentors NZ
• Free membership to the Auckland Business Chamber giving access to business advice, tools and networking
• Free one-on-one social media training and Facebook ad credits with Easy Social Media
• Resilience training with the Restaurant Association and other workshops
Over 50 businesses have taken up the Social Media training and over 20 businesses had taken up the Mentors NZ offer in the first six months of the offer. After the first round, Activate Auckland worked with the KBA and Mentors NZ to reformat the programme to ensure it was tailored to the specific needs of the K Road business community and the updated offer released in November. This is a model that Business Mentors NZ has developed working in unique business communities
Code of Conduct: Auckland Council, through its Development Response programme, seeks to improve on the current 'business as usual' practices during construction and elevate the current behaviour/ environment/ response.
As part of the delivery team for the K Road Streetscape Enhancement Project, the main contractor was invited to be part of creating this legacy that will then inform the way future projects are shaped and delivered.
The Council family aims to leave the K Road community - its residents, businesses and visitors - in a better state than before changes commenced. As part of the K Road Project all contractors are required to adhere to a Construction Code of Conduct including:
• Overall site appearance
• Fencing/ Hoardings/ Scrim
• Site personnel
• Stakeholder management
• Site access and maintenance
• After hours and event mode
Neighbourhood Welcome Booklet: Activate Auckland and the KBA want to create a welcoming environment for work-site personnel coming into the precinct. The Neighbourhood Welcome booklet will be supplied to all construction staff offering lunchtime discounts, neighbourhood dos and dont's and other relevant information. This has a dual function of setting behavioural expectations of construction crews and supporting the local economy by encouraging purchasing from local businesses.
Business Ready Kit: Activate Auckland and the KBA are preparing the Business Ready Kit to provide businesses with everything they need to know about the construction works, parking changes, loading and delivery sites, contact numbers, business support tools and more. This was developed in late 2018 for an early 2019 release.
Activate Auckland will be working closely with the K Road Business Association to ensure that businesses, residents and visitors are well supported.
A programme of activities to keep K Road vibrant, accessible, clean and safe during construction was funded by the Targeted Rate and is supporting the following activities:
• Supplementary funding for Artweek, First Thursdays, Lightpath Festival
• Marketing & PR
• K Road Connect meetings
• K Road Conversations
• Monthly walking tours
• Sunday Trading promotion
Comms and Engagement
Direct communication and engagement with the community is vitally important to a Development Response led project as it informs the decisions the project team make and it ensures these are representative of the K Road community’s desires.
Feedback from the community at the Auckland Transport Pop Up Project Hub asked the community what they wanted to see on Karangahape Road during the transformation. There were over 300 responses and the community were most responsive to creative hoardings, temporary installations, pop up parks and on-street activities.
In response to this feedback, the project team will work with local creatives and the K Road Business Association to develop these ideas and create a set of engaging tools and activities that will help to keep the precinct thriving throughout the transformation and provide opportunities to keep communication lines open with the community about their needs during construction.
Project Lead: Activate Auckland, Auckland Transport
Project Funder: City Centre Targeted Rate, Auckland Transport
Karangahape Road Business Association
Karangahape Road Businesses