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Get snap happy and share what you love most about Birkenhead.

Published: 19 June 2018
Photograph of Auckland Harbour Bridge under construction, shot from Birkenhead Wharf

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Get snap happy with your camera to share what you love most about Birkenhead.

Birkenhead Residents Association is inviting residents of all ages to enter its first ever community photo competition.

To enter, simply submit an image (or images) relating to one or more of the following Birkenhead Neighbourhood Plan’s principles:

  • Views and open aspect
  • Village feel
  • Bush & green space
  • Quality built environment
  • Connectivity and flow.

Birkenhead Residents Association Chairperson, Gillian Taylor, says the competition is a way to get local people focussed on what is best about Birkenhead.   

“We’re excited to run this competition for the first time and are really looking forward to seeing peoples' images,” she says.

“The idea behind the competition is to engage our community in a fun and creative way that gets people talking and sharing stories through images of what our neighbourhood means to us.

"The competition also acts as a valuable placemaking activity, to help identify, assist and guide future improvements in and around the Birkenhead area.

“I’d like to acknowledge the kind support of Harvey Norman Photo Centre in Wairau Park and our judges - John Gillon of the Kaipatiki Local Board, Photographer Phil Fogle, and Campbell Hegan of the Kaipatiki Public Arts Trust.”  

Entry to the competition is free and entries close on 22 July 2018.

All entries will be exhibited in Birkenhead Library, on the birkenhead.org.nz website, and here on the OurAuckland website.

Winners will be announced prior to the exhibition which will be at Birkenhead Library from 23 August.

Further details and online entry are available at birkenhead.org.nz.

What is placemaking?

Placemaking is all about how we feel in a place and the stories we share about our place.

Placemaking has the potential to transform underutilised public spaces into vibrant community assets where people congregate and add vitality to the community.  

Ideas for Birkenhead could include creating new attractive seating that will allow people to enjoy the stunning natural environment, telling the story of Birkenhead through its parks and heritage, and adding interactive art that inspires people to linger in our community spaces.

There is a growing recognition that placemaking matters in creating healthy, prosperous communities where people want to live, work, play and learn. Good examples where this has worked include Wynyard Quarter and waterfront, as well as various shared spaces now functioning within the Auckland City Centre.

Contact us at BirkenheadPlanning@gmail.com for further information or to get involved.