Pukekohe Streets for People
The Innovating Streets for People programme is designed to help create more people-friendly spaces in our towns and cities. It aims to make it faster and easier to transition streets to safer and more usable spaces
The idea behind Innovating Streets for People is ‘co-design by trial’. This is a new approach where the local community has a greater say in redesigning their own neighbourhoods. Various ideas can be tested, and tweaks can be made to find what works best.
From late April to 30 June 2021, an Innovating Streets for People project ran in Pukekohe, involving temporary trials in King Street and Devon Lane.
The ‘Pukekohe Streets for People’ project is led by Eke Panuku Development Auckland and Auckland Transport. The majority of the project is funded by Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency) through their Innovating Streets programme, which funds community-based initiatives to make streets safer and more liveable.
The concepts for the trial were informed by a series of co-design sessions with a local advisory group, businesses, and youth, as well as drop-in sessions in the town centre.
There has been significant growth in the areas around Pukekohe in recent years, and more growth is likely in the future.
To ensure that Pukekohe is well-prepared for this growth, Eke Panuku has started working on a 10-year plan for the Pukekohe Town Centre in partnership with mana whenua, the Franklin Local Board, Auckland Transport and Auckland Council.
Our early thinking involves improvements to Devon Lane and King Street, and the potential redevelopment of some car parks over the next 10 years.
The Pukekohe Streets for People project will help us to trial some of these ideas on a temporary basis to see whether they work for the Pukekohe community. Your feedback about these trials will be incorporated into the masterplan for Pukekohe.
Working with the Pukekohe community
The Pukekohe Streets for People project has been working with and in the local Pukekohe community from the beginning.
The current plans have been developed through a series of co-design sessions with a local advisory panel. This panel includes representatives from Pukekohe Business Association, local organisations such as Toimauri Collective, Franklin Arts Centre, the Franklin Markets, Vakatautua and various Auckland Council departments (Eke Panuku, the Franklin Local Board and Community Empowerment).
There have also been co-design sessions with local businesses and a workshop with youth, and drop-in sessions in the town centre. The feedback gathered from these workshops have informed the Pukekohe Streets for People plans (see the major themes below).