ATEED Revives Te Papa North
After excitement in 2013 that Manukau would get a satellite campus from Te Papa – the national museum in Wellington it was a bit gut wrenching to find out the project was shelved (although not surprised after the Council Planners got a dressing down from the Unitary Plan Independent Hearing Panel in 2015 for trying to put Te Papa onto a Park (Hayman Park) that had Park zoning making any development impossible) in 2015. However, it seems ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development) in their drive to lift economic growth in Auckland (especially in the West and South) have revived talks of establishing Te Papa North back into Manukau to spawn a fully fledged Creative hub for the Southern Auckland population.
This was from Stuff:
Hill said the focus might involve supporting skills programmes being run by the council-backed Southern Initiative in Manukau, which helped the hardest-to-employ, into construction work and other trades.
The agency is also involved in revived discussion about Te Papa developing a new facility in Manukau, perhaps with a strong Māori and Pacific Island flavour.
Hill said that could boost creative enterprises in the area.
“Pasifika, Māori, the whole cultural creative piece is something that is very strong and at the centre of what they are about,” he said.
Young entrepreneurs in Manukau have previously argued ATEED had not recognised the economic potential in the area’s creative strength.
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At least ATEED have recognised a weakness of their’s and are going to work with the South to build on ins Creative strength.
Reviving on the Te Papa talks is also good news and when built would strengthen (along side the new hotels and apartments either under way or being consented) both Manukau and Southern Auckland immensely.
And yes I have gone to the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act machine to find out more where I can!