Auckland Council is celebrating the completion of another stage of the transformation of the city’s northwest with the opening of the NorthWest Shopping Centre.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday 1 October follows a blessing to open the $155 million shopping centre. The mall forms one part of a joint project between Auckland Council and Stride Properties that will also see the creation of the new Westgate Town Centre and the urbanisation of the wider area.
Te Pūmanawa – the heart of Westgate
Auckland Council is building public amenities, with the first completed project being a new town square – Te Pūmanawa – located in the heart of the town centre. The town square will have outdoor dining areas and will be a pedestrian-friendly slow-speed zone.
The council is working with Stride Properties to create the centre’s civic heart, which will include a multi-purpose facility housing a 3500-square-metre library, community rooms, a cafe and Citizens’ Advice Bureau.
"Stage Two in the North-West is all about building the social and community facilities to complement this great retail experience," said Mayor Len Brown. "Early next year we will be starting work on the third library that we've built in the west over the last three years."
Westgate at a glance
The project is expected to eventually create:
- up to 10,000 new jobs
- about 1500 new homes.
Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse says, “It’s a triumph of collaboration between the council and our development partners and a blueprint for what can be achieved as the region grows and develops under the direction of the Auckland Plan.”
The 30 September blessing of the new shopping centre.