The desire for the Manukau metropolitan centre is to be the thriving heart and soul of south Auckland.
Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board chair Efeso Collins says Manukau Central should be a vibrant, family-friendly centre with a local heart that reflects and celebrates the south’s diverse cultures.
“We’d like to see a strong resident community balanced with a competitive edge as a desirable and innovative place to do business.”
Mr Collins adds that critical to the success of Manukau’s regeneration is the involvement of the local people to ensure community benefits, improved socio-economic well-being and increased economic participation of Maori and Pasifika.
“We will be making sure these local needs are front and centre of our input and are encouraged by the focus on engaging young people to create positive activity in these public spaces.”
Panuku is working closely with The Southern Initiative and has also begun collaboration with the 11 iwi.
Community benefits of transforming Manukau include:
- A strong, permanent, residential population which lives, learns and works within the centre
- New uses and activities that will support the centre’s emerging evening and weekend economy
- Hayman Park and Puhinui Stream becoming attractive, safe and accessible green lungs
- Manukau becoming a thriving visitor destination of choice
- The centre being reconnected to the south: its local people, anchors and neighbourhoods (Maori, Pasifika, Events Centre, Wero and Wiri)
- A desirable and innovative place to do business that promotes and stimulates local enterprise, attracts new investment and improves socio-economic well-being