#TransformManukau Becomes #ourmanukau as Framework Plan Released

Framework Plan guiding next 25 years of urban regeneration in Manukau is released


This afternoon the framework Plan for the Manukau urban regeneration project (now known as ‘Our Manukau’) was released by Panuku Development Auckland.

The flyer and Framework Plan will be available for reading below.


But first from Panuku Development Auckland on ‘Our Manukau:’

Imagine Manukau in 2040…

  • The number of residents will have grown from the current 6000 to 20,000.
  • There will be new affordable housing at Barrowcliffe, and regenerated healthy neighbourboods at RńĀtńĀ Vine and Inverell/Hoskens.
  • New residential neighbourhoods will have popped up on the DHB site and at Pacific Gardens on Great South Road.
  • Te Papa Manukau will be the cornerstone of the destination and cultural offer attracting more visitors to the area.
  • Hayman Park will be significantly upgraded and Manukau Plaza will be revitalised for all to enjoy.
  • A healthy Puhinui Stream will be a source of community pride as it flows through the neighbourhoods from the Botanic Gardens all the way to the Manukau Harbour.
  • Manukau will be firmly established as a learning, innovation and community enterprise hub, and there‚Äôll be a new metro school in response to the growing population.
  • Large scale mixed use development and a new anchor commercial tenant will help diversify the local employment opportunities.
  • An upgraded Putney Way will become the new main street, while Great South and Wiri Station roads will be transformed into urban boulevards making Manukau more pedestrian friendly.
  • A new mass transit line will run between Botany and the Airport (bus or light rail) through central Manukau ‚Äď providing better connections for local people.


Most importantly people will start to call Manukau home ‚Äď and when they do we will know that the transformation of central Manukau has been a success.

Panuku is leading the transformation of Manukau alongside the Government as a major landowner in the area. Panuku is working closely with Manukau’s communities, understanding their place and listening to their needs and desires, as the involvement of local people is the most critical ingredient in the recipe for successful urban regeneration.

Why are we doing this?

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‚Äôs a strong desire from the local community, as outlined in the ŇĆtara-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.

¬†‚ÄúWhile Panuku and the Government will do the heavy lifting, true transformation is owned and delivered by us all.‚Ä̬† Manukau ward councillor Alf Filipaina

What’s planned for Manukau?

To be truly transformed, Manukau requires the multiplier effect of a number of key moves..

Key move one –¬†Realising the potential of the Puhinui Stream

Key move two – Creating a vibrant heart

Key move three –¬†Developing the Wiri healthy neighbourhood

Key move four –¬†Harnessing learning and innovation opportunities

Key move five –¬†Enhancing community¬†connectivity

Source: Panuku Development Auckland

Manukau will continue to be transformed from a car-based centre. There will be better connections to surrounding communities through improved public transport, and easier walking and cycling options.

Key elements of the move include:

  • upgrading Great South Road as an important north‚Äďsouth urban avenue
  • delivering a mass transit route from the airport to Botany, via central Manukau
  • creating a comprehensive cycle network
  • making it easy, safe and attractive to walk around Manukau.

What’s happened so far?

  • The metropolitan centre of Manukau was approved for development as a ‚Äėtransform‚Äô location by Auckland Council‚Äôs Development Committee in December 2015 after a selection process.¬† Panuku will ‚Äėtransform‚Äô locations by using our planning and development expertise, working alongside others to regenerate these areas.
  • The over-arching plan for the regeneration (known as the High Level Project Plan) ¬†for the redevelopment was approved by the Development Committee on 14 April 2016.
  • Panuku is working with Housing New Zealand, who owns a large amount of land in the area which they are looking to use to build more housing of a higher quality.
  • A Framework Plan has been completed in partnership with the Crown and the Council family including the ŇĆtara-Papatoetoe and Manurewa local boards. The Framework Plan shapes the scope of the project and guides the delivery of the outcomes.

Next steps

The transformation of Manukau is a long-term project taking 20-25 years to complete. The first projects include the new bus station, the Putney Way street upgrade and the Hayman Park playground.

Panuku is also working with The Southern Initiative to involve local people in the urban regeneration process by engaging young people and local activators in place making for the area. #ourmanukau


Source and full post: https://www.panuku.co.nz/manukau



Some extra reading:

The Our Manukau Flyer


Our Manukau Framework Plan (over three parts)





Full commentary as part of the Transform Manukau series will start on Monday.

But great to see the Framework Plan in operation and the first projects under delivery.

This is Our Manukau, the Meeting Place of the South


Key Move Three in regards to Wiri
Source: Panuku Development Auckland