Wyn­yard Quar­ter’s fifth birth­day

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - CATRIN OWEN

What was once an unas­sum­ing space on Auck­land’s wa­ter­front has truly trans­formed in the last five years.

On Au­gust 6, Wyn­yard Quar­ter cel­e­brates five years since its makeover be­gan.

The 37 hectare site has been home to the marine and fish­ing in­dus­tries for decades but in Au­gust 2011 the wa­ter­front be­gan its trans­for­ma­tion.

The de­vel­op­ment made up of Silo Park, North Wharf and Karanga Plaza has opened up another space for Auck­lan­ders to en­joy.

Frith Walker is the place mak­ing man­ager at Panuku De­vel­op­ment Auck­land and has care­fully ac­ti­vated the space in the last five years.

‘‘You knew you were go­ing to be do­ing some­thing that im­pacted the city for a very long time and work that’s go­ing to be here for gen­er­a­tions,’’ she says.

‘‘Peo­ple are gen­uinely at­tached to the space and it’s not just, I’ll go and get drunk but it’s a feel­ing that you get that you’re proud of it.’’

In the last five years the space has trans­formed with new bars, eater­ies, events and build­ings.

In 2018 peo­ple will be mov­ing in to the res­i­den­tial build­ings and call­ing it their back­yard.

On Au­gust 6 Wyn­yard Quar­ter will be filled with kids yoga, cir­cus games, free har­bour cross­ings, street food and the Silo Cin­ema from 9.30am till 5.30pm.

PHOTO: EYEONAUCKLAND

North Wharf has trans­formed with Silo Park now a pop­u­lar spot for Auck­lan­ders and tourists.

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