Rain­bows mooted for K Rd

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

Rainbow-lined in­ter­sec­tions could be on the horizon for Karanga­hape Rd.

The idea is part of a larger vi­sion to show­case the in­fa­mous strip as ‘‘the creative, edgy fringe of the city cen­tre’’ in a 30-year plan adopted by the Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board.

The Karanga­hape Road Plan will guide fu­ture devel­op­ment of the area and in­cludes mea­sures to im­prove safety, pro­tect her­itage and cre­ate more pub­lic open spa­ces.

The board sees the City Rail Link project and pro­posed Karanga­hape Road Sta­tion, at the top of Pitt St and the in­ter­sec­tion with Beres­ford Square, as a cat­a­lyst for trans­for­ma­tion in the area.

Bet­ter links to My­ers Park, ‘‘pop-up’’ din­ing and food truck bays and tree planting are all on the cards.

Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board mem­ber Ver­non Tava says a plan to cre­ate a ded­i­cated cy­cle­way is creat­ing the most ex­cite­ment.

Tava says the City Rail Link will trans­form the whole area and lead to a ‘‘flood’’ of peo­ple com­ing to the district.

‘‘The chal­lenge will be to un­der­stand, best man­age and plan for this change so that it pro­vides max­i­mum ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity, now and into the fu­ture,’’ he says. ‘‘It is hugely im­por­tant to do all of this while pro­tect­ing and en­hanc­ing Karanga­hape Rd’s his­toric her­itage, unique cul­tural iden­tity and the gritty char­ac­ter for which the area is known.’’

Im­ple­ment­ing the idea for rainbow in­ter­sec­tions, in­cluded in artists’ im­pres­sions in the doc­u­ment, is a pos­si­bil­ity.

‘‘It’s some­thing we’re cer- tainly talk­ing to Auck­land Trans­port about.

‘‘We love that as an idea – it re­ally re­flects the colour and di­ver­sity of K Rd,’’ Tava says.

Con­cerns about a lack of pub­lic toi­lets, rub­bish bins and street light­ing will also be ad­dressed as this is adding to a per­cep­tion of the area as ‘‘un­safe, un­hy­gienic

and unattrac­tive’’.

Photo: BLAIR HAST­INGS

Edgy district: The Karanga­hape Road Plan will guide fu­ture devel­op­ment of the area while pro­tect­ing the gritty char­ac­ter for which it is known.

Fu­ture plans: An artist’s im­pres­sion of how Karanga­hape Rd could look in 2022.

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