Manukau and Onehunga: It is time to get excited
Yesterday Panuku and I gave our respective presentations to the Auckland Development Committee as that said Committee endorsed the recommendations of Manukau and Onehunga to become Transform class Centres under Panuku’s urban renewal program.
You can watch my presentation below:
Panuku’s respective presentation can be seen in these following links (it also includes questions and answers between Panuku and the Councillors):
Auckland Development Committee containing mine and Panuku’s presentations:
More Information from Panuku
The Manukau area is home to people from many cultures, and has a rich diversity with vibrant neighbourhoods that makes it unique.
Recent developments such as the new transport interchange and Manukau Institute of Technology campus have further enhanced the town centre. Auckland Council owns a number of sites in the Manukau area, which Panuku will use, in partnership with private developers, to increase the housing supply in the area. There is an opportunity to create new mixed-use housing and commercial buildings, retail shops, and to improve connections around the area between homes, public spaces, public transport and the town centre.
Why are we doing this?
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.
Some of this development is already underway including the proposed Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa) Manukau site; the planned Wero tourism experience which will include an artificial white water rafting course, Polynesian cultural exhibition and an art gallery; and further opportunities around Hayman Park.
Auckland Council owns a number of sites in the Manukau area, which Panuku will use, in partnership with private developers, to increase the housing supply in the area. There is an opportunity to create new mixed-use housing and commercial buildings, retail shops, and to improve connections around the area between homes, public spaces, public transport and the town centre.
Panuku will look to leverage these opportunities to transform Manukau metropolitan centre and surrounds in the following areas:
- Creation of 50-plus homes at 20 Barrowcliffe Place
- Residential or mixed housing on Manukau Station Road
- The Hayman Park area
We will also look to form a partnership with Housing New Zealand, who own a large amount of land in the area which they are looking to use to build more, and higher quality housing. We will also work with Auckland Transport, central government and the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board when creating the master plan for the area.
The Auckland Plan outlines the strategy to make Auckland the world’s most liveable city. A number of the transformational shifts required to meet this vision, such as ‘radically improve the quality of urban living’, ‘substantially raise living standards for all Aucklanders and focus on those most in need’ and ‘significantly lift Māori social and economic well-being’ can be achieved by developing locations such as Manukau metropolitan centre and surrounds.
This project also aligns closely with The Southern Initiative which is referenced in the Auckland Plan. The initiative’s purpose is to mobilise strategic and transformational social, physical and economic change in south Auckland over 30 years.
There are two Special Housing Areas (SHAs) in the Manukau metropolitan centre and surrounds that provide for the potential development of more than 800 new homes including retirement living, potential student accommodation and hotels. SHAs allow for a streamlined consenting process that allows houses to be built more quickly and with an affordable housing component, which will help ease Auckland’s housing crisis.
There is also potential under the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan, currently in the hearings phase, to add significant housing and business floorspace developments that would potentially create three times as many jobs in the area.
Panuku is in the early stages of investigatory work and master planning. It is anticipated we will:
- Establish a master plan for a wider area in partnership with government and the council family (note from me: might want to actually put Community in here and at the front of that partnership too unless you want to go down the path of maximum resistance)
- Work with Auckland Transport to identify opportunities to redevelop car parks, especially near rail, Manukau Institute of Technology, buses and Hayman Park
- Continue current development activity at 20 Barrowcliffe Place and explore mixed use development opportunities at Lot 59 on the corner of Manukau Station Road and Davies Avenue.
- Explore possible opportunities for development at 50 Manukau Station Road and the corner of Osterly Way and Amersham Way.
With Panuku now to undertake the High Level Project Plans for Manukau and Onehunga (@DevelopmentAKL Announces Manukau and Onehunga to Spearhead Transformation Agenda #BetterAuckland) there are two things now in play:
First is that the community now is in a holding pattern as we wait for this plan which becomes the Implementation (of the Transform(ing) Manukau) Plan. This HLPP is due back to the Auckland Development Committee in March or April.
Second is that while we are in a holding pattern (the Community) I will remind Panuku every step of the way of FULL community input as said in my presentation yesterday. This means Collaboration and Empowerment per the IAP2 model as I said in my presentation as below:
Yes Mr Dalzell (John Dalzell – Interim CEO of Panuku Development Auckland) I know Waterfront Auckland which you led have won international awards for your public participation models with Wynyard Quarter and that is great. But just because that model worked for Wynyard Quarter and got an award does not mean it will work for Manukau nor Onehunga.
What it ultimately means and as I made specifically clear yesterday is the following:
- Most of the work for Panuku with Manukau is already done through the Manukau City Centre Public Domain Manual and the Otara Papatoetoe Local Board Area Plan. What Panuku need to do is have Central Government alongside the community, Council and developers for execution of your Implementation Plan (or as I will call it the Manukau City Centre Master Plan).
- The community must with Panuku on this ride towards Manukau’s Transform over the next 30 years. This means empowering the Community as listed in the IAP2 above and actually leaving final decisions with us and then implementing what we as the Community have decided. The community and the Local Board are far more nimble in gauging needs for Manukau than a larger organisation such as Panuku can ever be. Again John Dalzell your award-winning public participation model for Wynyard Quarter will not necessarily work in Manukau thus I recommend bringing on board community advocates immediately to design the participation model for maximum return to both Council and THE PEOPLE. Unless you want maximum community resistance as Auckland Transport found out with the bus interchange in Manukau.
I am already formulating a participation model for Manukau that will be comprehensive but straight forward to use that can be used right through the implementation of Transform Manukau. Part of the idea came from the Deputy Mayor in which a combination of a jigsaw come assembling a virtual centre (think Cities Skylines) that is contained within the fiscal envelop set by the main Council itself (we know money is not limitless).
That way through live interaction the community can mull its way through different options through different stages of Manukau’s transformation and see what the potential future final product might be.
More on that next year.
The issues faced by Layton City when the new infrastructure came out with After Dark would be the exact same (both Brownfield and Greenfield (Barrowcliffe Place)) faced with Manukau. Layton City could prove to be a start point on rolling out a fully interactive tool for the community to model and simulate different options for renewing Manukau.