The vision for the next step in Wynyard Quarter’s transformation is here, and its name is Te Ara Tukutuku.
Te Ara Tukutuku [PDF] is Eke Panuku Development Auckland’s plan to guide the evolution of Wynyard Point from its industrial past to a resilient, vibrant, attractive waterfront space that Aucklanders will continue to love, today and into the future.
Created by Eke Panuku, in partnership with mana whenua and through close collaboration with key stakeholders including Waitemāta Local Board and the Auckland Council-whānau, the plan demonstrates huge change and ambition, both for the landscape of the Auckland waterfront and for how this plan can be achieved.
Taking its lead from the 2020 City Centre Masterplan, the Te Ara Tukutuku Plan sets the scene for the next phase of design and delivery on Wynyard Point – an area located at the northern point of Wynyard Quarter over the coming years. Gifted by mana whenua, Te Ara Tukutuku is a name used for waka (canoe) ramps. It signifies the binding of the land and the sea, between the domains of Tangaroa and Papatūānuku. This is also a key theme from the City Centre Masterplan 2020 - a harbour edge stitch that unites the Te Waitematā (Waitematā Harbour) with the waterfront and the city centre.
You can read the Te Ara Tukutuku Plan here [PDF].
Four key kaupapa (principles) will guide the transformation of Wynyard Point:
- Te Wakatupu I Ō Tātou Hapori / Growing Our Communities
- Ā Tātou Whakarite Mō Ngā Wāhi Tū Wātea / Enhancing Our Public Open Space Journey
- Te Wheako I Te Taha Moana / Celebrating A Waterfront Experience
- Te Manaakitanga / Building On Our Hosting Legacy
Endorsed by the Eke Panuku Board on 23 February, the plan brings together the collective ambition and planning over the last decade for a thriving Wynyard Quarter. The Plan becomes the updated view of all, and a foundation document for the next stage of regeneration.
For such an important place and reflecting their strengthening partnership with mana whenua, Eke Panuku has co-created Te Ara Tukutuku with their mana whenua partners using te ao Māori (the Māori worldview) and preferencing mātauranga Māori (Māori traditional knowledge).
Eke Panuku Chair Paul Majurey says the Board is very proud of Te Ara Tukutuku. “This exceptional plan has been created through the successful partnership of the various mana whenua of Tāmaki Makaurau and the Eke Panuku team. This intergenerational mahi will guide the transformation of Wynyard Point - into a place where people experience the value of manaakitanga, cherish the moana, watch fleets of waka and boats, feel the grass under their feet and enjoy the spaces and mara hupara (playground) with whānau.”
Wynyard Quarter celebrated its 10th anniversary since development started to get this new precinct ready and open for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. This milestone signified how far Eke Panuku’s project has come, but also how far it has to go to fulfil the vision of a thriving, sustainable waterfront neighbourhood.
The future of Wynyard Quarter will include the unveiling of a new waterfront park, along with mixed-use and sustainable development that will sustain the growing community of this waterfront neighbourhood.
Fiona Knox, Priority Location Director – Waterfront, notes the transformation of Wynyard Quarter has been a long journey: “The first vision for the area was crafted in 2005. This plan builds on previous plans and sets us up for the next 15 years of regeneration. We are delighted that we have created a place that is much-loved and we look forward to building on our learnings in our design and delivery of the next stage of projects, all with the view and intention of continuing to reconnect people with Te Waitematā and build our collective sense of belonging to Tāmaki Makaurau.”
The next step is the appointment of a design consortium, who will be working with Eke Panuku and mana whenua to design the public realm and open space. The challenge to the design collective is to help design and create a place that is distinctly Tāmaki Makaurau, and recognisably Aotearoa. A place that is resilient to the future, and a place where the people of Tāmaki Makaurau and their visitors always feel welcome.
Once a design team is onboard, Eke Panuku will start working on getting the design ready for public consultation, so that Aucklanders can have their say in the future of the space. The organisation looks forward to being able to share more information in the future and getting Aucklanders excited about what this major open space will look and feel like – including the largest city centre park since Victoria Park was opened over 100 years ago.
Read the Te Ara Tukutuku Plan here [PDF].