Manukau is unlike any other place in New Zealand. With a strong Maori heritage, its position as the world’s Pasifika hub, along with the creative and economic potential, it should be the thriving heart and soul of the south.
Transforming Manukau is about fostering and building upon the existing pride, values and talent of the people who live and work there, and visit it most often. In doing so, we will ensure that transformation of the area continues to appeal to locals, while also attracting future residents, workers and entrepreneurs.
There’s a strong desire from the local community, as outlined in the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board plan, to create a thriving heart for Manukau - an attractive visitor destination, business centre and place to shop, live, learn, work and play in world-class facilities and spaces. To achieve this it needs a strong resident population, and needs to be seen as a desirable and innovative place to do business.
The project area for the Manukau transformation covers 600ha and includes the whole metropolitan centre, the Manukau Sports Bowl and the Wiri suburban neighbourhood to the south, including the large 49ha Manukau Super Clinic site. Auckland Council owns 95ha of land within the project area, comprising approximately 40 properties.
The Transform Manukau project aligns closely with The Southern Initiative which aims to mobilise strategic and transformational social, physical and economic change in south Auckland.