The Downtown programme is creating a generous and welcoming destination along the water’s edge that is recognisably Tāmaki Makaurau. 
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Friday, 9 April 2021

Kia ora neighbours and friends,
We hope you have had a lovely Easter break and enjoyed this short working week. 

The Downtown Programme achieved our milestones this week which we are super proud of! On Tuesday the northern footpath along Quay Street opened all the way through, and today we opened the full length of the new cycle way. 

We will monitor the cycle lane’s operation and address any potential safety issues that may arise as people adjust to the new layout, but please do check for people walking, riding bikes, scooters, or driving and give way where necessary, especially at crossing points.

Also if you happened to be in town last night you may have seen the first testing of the gorgeous coloured LED strips in the new streetlights. There will be more tests later this month before they go live....we are on the home straight folks!

Kia kaha, don't forget to keep using your NZ COVID Tracer app  ♥
Supporting Local

Hīkoi to Britomart

image from Heart of the City

Grab your walking shoes this weekend and join one of the kaiārahi/tour guides to explore significant Māori public artworks in the heart of Tāmaki Makaurau. Discover a number of these artworks, along with four new commissions at Britomart, installed as a satellite to the exhibition, Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art

Heart of the City has ALL the information you need including tickets and starting locations, right HERE or click the link below.

Sat & Sun, 12pm & 2pm until May 9
Covid-19 financial support for businesses

Resurgence Support Payment

The last day to apply is 12 April for the alert level increase on 28 February. 

Applications are open to businesses and organisations affected by the alert level escalation of 28 February 2021. The last day for applications is Monday 12 April 2021 - find out more about eligibility, how much your business may be eligible to receive and how to apply here:
Significant works / site changes

Site layout from 6 April 2021

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Key Changes
  • Two westbound lanes Lower Albert to Lower Hobson
  • Northern footpath full thoroughfare open Princes Wharf to Queens Wharf
  • Cycle lane shifts to its final alignment Princes Wharf to Queens Wharf
Project timelines

Quay Street enhancement streetscape

Quay Street Enhancement - major works complete late April 2021.

Te Wānanga (Downtown Public Space)

Te Wānanga is programmed to have major works completed in late May and open to the public in June 2021.

Ferry Basin Redevelopment

Ferry Basin Redevelopment - complete late April 2021 but not open for ferry services until early July 2021.
Area specific work updates
Noise mitigation will be used for all loud activity, and access to properties will be maintained at all times.

Consented site working hours are: 
  • Monday to Friday 6.30am to 10.30pm
  • Saturday 7.00am to 11.00pm | Sunday 9.00am to 7.00pm. 
Quay Street enhancement
Princes Wharf to Britomart Place
Testing of the coloured strip in the new LED streetlights has now commenced.

The northern footpath is now open so you can once again walk from the Ferry Building all the way down to the Viaduct along the northern footpath. Three new Quay Street pedestrian crossings have opened, two at Lower Albert Street and one at Commerce Street. 

The full length of the new cycle lane is now open. Cyclists & pedestrians please me be mindful of each other at all intersections; cyclists ensure you stop at pedestrian crossing points and pedestrians please wait at the yellow tactile line until able to cross.

The last of the rain gardens are now being filled with soil in preparation for the trees return to Quay Street. This will be from the night of the 18 April. There will be overnight road closures on Quay Street (Lower Hobson to Commerce Street) for five nights for the planting of larger trees. Detailed notifications for these closures will be distributed next week.

Traffic management (cones, larger fencing and traffic controllers) have begun to disappear where possible. Small fences will remain around the gardens until they are planted.

The new loading bay outside the Endeans Building is P20, not P5. Markings will be amended in the coming weeks.

Progress photos

New cycle lane now open. Cyclists please adhere to wait lines and watch for stop lights.
Wetting down the newly placed soil in the raingardens.
Northern footpath now open all the way along Quay Street.
Final paving works underway around newly installed manhole lids outside Ferry Building.
Cyclists, scooters and pedestrians - please do be mindful of each other at crossing point intersections.
Southern gardens on the southern side are being filled with soil and wet down prior to planting.
Southern footpath opening up.
Northern cycle lane.
Lower Albert Street Bus Interchange
Temporary traffic management (cones) will remain in place from the new red carpet middle crossing to Quay Street until 24 April when Lower Albert Street returns to operating at its full capacity.

  • New Lower Albert Street bus stop is open for Birkenhead bus services to the North Shore, routes 95B, 95C, 95G, 97B, 97R and 97V.
  • NX1 and western bus services will return to Lower Albert Street 24 April 2021.
Te Wānanga (Downtown Public Space)
Seemingly floating above the Downtown Ferry Basin, Te Wānanga, the new downtown public space is an impressive feat of engineering.  A design partnership with Mana Whenua elevated design thinking to deliver a project that expresses local identity, culture history and aspirations for the future. 

Works continue around Te Wānanga's new deck to install the balustrades and leaners. 

Over the next few weeks we will:

  • complete the sandblasting of the new deck.
  • commence installation of the heritage fence separating Te Wānanga from the northern footpath.
  • commence installation of the custom designed street furniture, light poles, drinking fountain and new Kupenga nets.
All major works are programmed to be completed in late May and Te Wānanga will open to the public in June.

For the Our Auckland Te Wānanga video: click here .

Progress for Te Wānanga

Te Wānanga's new balustrades and leaners are almost complete. 
Rubber edging now installed in preparation for kupenga nets to be installed.
Almost ready for grate installation - installation underway in image bellow.
Ferry Basin Redevelopment - Stage 1

The Ferry Basin Redevelopment project is an integral part of the $350 million Downtown Programme, and will see the creation of six new berths in the Ferry Basin.

It is another step towards modern, consolidated ferry infrastructure for Auckland. It will have improved accessibility and greater operational flexibility, which will help accommodate increased passenger numbers.

The new Ferry Basin infrastructure is expected to be open and operational for ferry passengers early July 2021.

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