Located on Auckland’s prime waterfront, the Wynyard Quarter is the largest transformational commercial and residential development in central Auckland in the last decades. The quarter is prominently and strategically located on the waterfront to the west of the current CBD. The area, previously known as the Tank Farm, was used for bulk petro-chemical storage for most of the last century until its redevelopment commencement in 2004. Its plan for sustainable redevelopment was guided by four key objectives: implementing a sensitive refoundation of the brownfield area giving prominence to both the waterfront and a land-sea urban connections, creating a landscape network that preserves the collective memory of the place, develop a number of areas with a distinctive site-specific character and introduce a wide mix of uses that includes primary public functions. The mix, beyond the preservation of the marine industry, includes sets of major urban amenities and corporate offices, residential and mixes use buildings, catering facilities, and a system of distributed open spaces conceived by both renowned New Zealand and international design professionals.
Presented by Emeritus Prof John Hunt, School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland.
Te Onekiritea / Hobsonville Point
Hobsonville Point is a masterplanned medium-density suburb located on the Waitemata Harbour in northwest periphery of Auckland. The 167 ha site is located on a previous military airfield, the development has been done through a public-private partnership with house construction commencing in 2009, now more than half-way towards completion in 2024. The driver of its conception, primarily aimed to address the Auckland’s housing crisis, was the constitution of new integrated and sustainable urban communities, as well as setting a new benchmark for urban intensification with quality and accessible architecture and urbanism. Housing is integrated with a movement network prioritising pedestrians and public transport that has created streets and pathways as inclusive social spaces. This connects the community to a 5km waking and cycling walkway, two schools, a farmers’ market, restaurants and cafes, parks of various sizes. The masterplan is structured around central spine that bisect the peninsula, with a perimeter green network that includes most of its waterfront, defines an urban structure that emphases its distinctive ecologies, topography and historical presences. Hobsonville Point is connected to central Auckland by ferry, and the 30 minute ferry trip affords good views of the city from the harbour.
Presented by Emeritus Prof Errol Haarhoff, School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland.
Ōtuataua Stonefields and Watercare Coastal Walkway – Mangere
Stonefields Historic Reserve is an internationally significant heritage landscape and an important natural, archaeological and historical area, which is a taonga (treasure) for Te Wai-o-Hua tangata whenua (indigenous people of the land). The human occupation of Stonefields and the surrounding areas is dated to the 12th century, making it one of the earliest in New Zealand. This 100-hectare area is a major remnant of Auckland’s 8,000 hectares of volcanic stonefields. It is dominated by two small volcanic cones that erupted about 20,000 years ago and whose scoria rock and lava bombs are still evident throughout the reserve. Volcanic stones were initially used by Māori farmers to extend the growing season for tropical crops like taro and kumara, while later they were employed to build dry stone wall fences.
The Watercare Coastal Walkway was built as part of the New Zealand’s largest marine restoration project, completed in 2005, that included the upgrade of the Auckland wastewater treatment plant. The project comprehended the removal of 500 hectares of oxidation ponds, the construction of some 13 kilometres of white-shell beaches and the plantation of more than 270,000 native trees, providing food and shelter for a diverse range of birdlife, including tens of thousands of sandpipers, godwits, and other migratory birds that every year head to the Manukau Harbour to escape the northern winter.
Presented by David Veart.
Expression of Interest to Join a Working Group