Concept plan for new pocket park adopted

Publish Date : 23 Nov 2023
Aorere Park

A concept plan has been adopted for the Aorere Pocket Park, a new parcel of open space within Kāinga Ora’s Māngere Aorere Development.

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board chair Tauanu'u Nanai Nick Bakulich says Kāinga Ora, working alongside Te Ākitai Waiohua, finalised the concept plan after consultation with the community and Auckland Council’s Parks and Community Facilities staff.

“As a pocket park that’s mostly surrounded by three-story walk-up apartments, the park aims to provide not only visual relief, but access to small amenity and social spaces.
“Aorere Park and Walter Massey Park are both both scheduled for future upgrades and renewals in our work programme, and are within a one-kilometre radius of the park, something that means residents will have a variety of recreational opportunities close by.”

He says the board is delighted that just as at the recently opened David Lange Park, Te Ākitai Waiohua has used the ancient Mataoho (god of volcanic activity) narrative to guide the design and placement of play elements in the park.

Kāinga Ora will provide capital investment up to $290,000 in the development of Aorere Pocket Park.

Current development cost estimates exceed that and because of Council’s limited ability to contribute financially to the development of new parks, Kāinga Ora has agreed to cover the whole cost.  

The plan is here at Page 121.

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