05 August 2021
Let’s talk about the future of Old Papatoetoe together
At Eke Panuku (a council-controlled organisation), we deliver urban regeneration throughout Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland. We’re excited to introduce the Old Papatoetoe Masterplan, and are keen to discuss it with you at our community feedback sessions.
We’ve been working on future-proofing Old Papatoetoe since the start of 2017, and having made a few key development moves already, we’re now ready to firm up our masterplan.
Keep reading to find out more information on our plan, then give us your feedback and ideas in one of two ways:
1. Tell us what you’d like to see in your Old Papatoetoe at our community feedback sessions, where refreshments will be provided. Book yourself into a session here.
The community feedback sessions will be taking place at Papatoetoe War Memorial Library (30 Wallace Road) on:
- Tuesday 17 Aug: 1pm-2.30pm, 3pm-4.30pm
- Thursday 19 Aug: 10.30am-12pm, 1pm-2.30pm, 3pm-4.30pm
- Saturday 21 Aug: 10.30am-12pm, 1pm-2.30pm
- Monday 23 Aug: 1pm-2.30pm, 3pm-4.30pm
- Wednesday 25 Aug: 3pm-4.30pm, 5pm-6.30pm, 7pm-8.30pm
- Friday 27 Aug: 10.30am-12pm, 1pm-2.30pm, 3pm-4.30pm
2. If you prefer, share your feedback by leaving us a message this month at 0800 PANUKU SOUTH.
All the feedback received will be complied in a report and used to help us fine-tune and finish off our masterplan.
A recent report has shown that Papatoetoe lacks enough green spaces to gather, meet, relax and play. We’ve decided that Stadium Reserve, the green space by the Allan Brewster Leisure Centre, should be improved to better serve the Old Papatoetoe community.
We are proposing to repurpose the current bowling green, which is on council land, into a new green space that can be used by everyone. Be sure to attend one of our community feedback sessions to let us know how you’d like this space to be used. Ideas include:
- Community-oriented activities.
- Spaces to play light / informal sports and exercise.
- Opportunities to learn about growing your own food.
- Somewhere to socialise with your friends and your dog.
- A playground for ages 0-12 and all abilities.
We have also looked at providing a shared accessway to improve how people move around.
Over the next 10 years, we plan to bring at least 260 new, warm, dry, sustainable homes to Old Papatoetoe, meaning that around 500 people will be able to live in the area. This will in turn boost local business.
St George’s Lanes (our Old Papatoetoe flagship site) will see up to 133 housing units built, and will also bring new shops to the main street. We’ve ensured that this part of Old Papatoetoe will make getting around easier, while also reflecting the area’s rich heritage.
Bringing more people in to the town centre will help make it a safer place, with people nearby at any time of day.
Connecting the town centre
We know that some motorists like to use Tavern Lane as a crafty shortcut, which causes traffic congestion where there should be none. As such, we’re working with Auckland Transport to address this issue.
To ease congestion at the St George Street / Shirley Road intersection, we will be closing the traffic connection to St George Street from Tavern Lane (which is technically not a road, but a driveway). Walking and cycling access will be kept open.
Also proposed is an extension of Cambridge Terrace to meet Stadium Lane. This will streamline travel between Puhinui Road and the town centre by making it easier to walk and cycle though.
Meanwhile, the freshly-reopened Puhinui Station provides fast, frequent and easy connections to the city centre and the airport. This new station will shorten the travel time to 10 minutes to the airport, 23 minutes to Manukau, and around 30 minutes to Auckland City.
A possible Community Hub
As part of the project, there is an opportunity to create a new community hub, which could combine the existing library and other community services in one central location.
The town hall and chambers buildings have a lot of history in the community and we have done some thinking about whether the unique history of these buildings and their central location could provide an exciting combination for a future community hub.
We are wanting to hear your feedback on whether you support the community hub idea, where it could be located and what you would like to see included.
Tell us your ideas for Old Papatoetoe
We want to know your big ideas (or small ones), so that we can ensure we are achieving the best outcomes for Old Papatoetoe. Come to a community session (reserve your seat at a session here) or call us on 0800 PANUKU SOUTH with your feedback. All ideas are welcome!