Ur­ban cen­tres to be trans­formed

Manukau Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - BEN ROSS

Trans­form Manukau and Un­lock Pa­p­a­toe­toe, th­ese names might not stand out straight away but none-the-less they are cru­cial projects in south­ern Auck­land.

Back when I was a kid in the 1990’s and a teen in the early 2000’s, I use to re­mem­ber go­ing to Old Pa­p­a­toe­toe whether it was go­ing to the New World, the lo­cal butcher or to Robin Gar­lic Phar­macy (now Pa­p­a­toe­toe City Cen­tre Phar­macy). While late night Thurs­days were trips to Manukau City Cen­tre and the mall. To­day in 2017, with my own young fam­ily, we visit the li­brary and other lo­cal stores in the Pa­pakura Metropoli­tan Cen­tre while still mak­ing semi-reg­u­lar trips to the Manukau City Cen­tre vis­it­ing the larger stores, the movies or the in­creas­ing va­ri­ety of eat­ing places around. How­ever, not much has changed with those places since I was a teen over a decade ago. Yes, Manukau got a new cin­ema but for the rest, it along with Pa­p­a­toe­toe and Pa­pakura have re­ally not changed, they have stood still as kids be­come adults with their own fam­i­lies and they have dif­fer­ent tastes and ex­pec­ta­tions to their par­ents be­fore them. En­ter Trans­form Manukau and Un­lock Pa­p­a­toe­toe. Auck­land Council through its prop­erty arm Panuku Devel­op­ment Auck­land (http://www.de­vel­op­men­tauck­land.co.nz/) is charged with ur­ban re­gen­er­a­tion projects across Auck­land vary­ing in scale:

Panuku will ‘Trans­form’ lo­ca­tions by cre­at­ing change through ur­ban re­gen­er­a­tion. Panuku will lead the trans­for­ma­tion of se­lect parts of our re­gion; work­ing along­side oth­ers and us­ing our cus­to­di­an­ship of land and plan­ning ex­per­tise. Trans­form Manukau is one ex­am­ple.

Panuku will also

Trans­form: Un­lock:

‘Un­lock’ devel­op­ment po­ten­tial for oth­ers. By act­ing as a fa­cil­i­ta­tor; us­ing re­la­tion­ships to break down bar­ri­ers and in­flu­ence oth­ers, in­clud­ing our council fam­ily, to cre­ate devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. e.g. (Old) Pa­p­a­toe­toe Mall up­grade.

A ‘Sup­port’ role where Panuku will en­sure


council is mak­ing the most of what it al­ready has. In­ten­si­fi­ca­tion is a key driver in the Auck­land Plan. Panuku will sup­port hous­ing de­mands by en­abling devel­op­ment of coun­cilowned land.

In the end, thirty year plans for Manukau and Pa­p­a­toe­toe were cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the com­mu­nity. Th­ese plans are now be­ing ex­e­cuted and the first tan­gi­ble re­sults can be seen with con­struc­tion un­der­way in both Old Pa­p­a­toe­toe and the Manukau City Cen­tre. Bet­ter tran­sit and cy­cling ac­cess, up­graded pub­lic spa­ces, wider va­ri­ety of re­tail and hospi­tal­ity spa­ces, able to walk around the place with­out hav­ing to worry about be­ing run over no mat­ter your age. End re­sult? Two ‘Trans­formed’ and ‘Un­locked’ 21st Cen­tury cen­tres our kids will come to en­joy as we did in our time.

- Ben Ross, Talk­ing South­ern Auck­land - voakl.net


Manukau City Cen­tre from above.

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