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, 14 May 2021

Kia ora neighbours and friends,

We hope this update finds you all well and looking forward to your weekend!

Our numbers on the ground are dwindling, but as sad as it is for us, it is good news for you as the end is near! Apart from having our finishing works along Quay Street and Te Wānanga to keep us busy, we still have some stories to share with you, so please do read on and we hope you enjoy this week's newsletter.

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

Another gorgeous 6.40am sunrise captured this morning ♥ 
What's on Downtown...


White + Wong’s brings big and fresh Asian flavours to New Zealand. It's an ‘east meets west’ cuisine taking classic street foods from China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand – the noodles, soups, curries and delicious dumplings – all created into an eclectic menu to pick and choose from to suit.

Their entrance is currently tucked away behind Panuku's new rain garden construction, but once you are inside you will find yourself in a whole other world! Pop down to the Viaduct Precinct (right next door to Burger Boy) and see for yourself!

For inquiries phone 09 379 6914 or email

Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - late

149 Quay Street
Cnr Lower Hobson & Quay Street

Project stories

Downtown shines as a uniquely Tāmaki Makaurau design


Together Auckland Council, Auckland Transport and Mana whenua have reimagined the waterfront

Seeded inner pontoon. Photo credit Tonkin & Taylor

Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, Mana whenua involved in the design partnership and development partners have spent the last three years reimagining and remaking downtown as a place for all Aucklanders to visit and enjoy.

Tuesday 18 May will be a significant moment as another element brought to downtown by the design partnership will be installed, this time living shellfish to help filter the seawater and monitor aquatic health in the Ferry Basin. 

From early in the programme, Mana whenua have worked with the design teams to bring their knowledge and understanding of place to every level of design.

To read more visit 

The naming of Te Wānanga and Te Ngau o Horotiu 

Te Wānanga

Te Wānanga is the name that Mana Whenua kaitiaki working within the Downtown project provided for the new public space north of Quay Street between the Ferry Building and Princes Wharf.

Seemingly floating above the Downtown Ferry Basin, the new 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.

The primary usage of this beautiful new open space is to meet, discuss, deliberate, consider. This area is a multi-learning space that focuses on events, hui which could include but not limited to Para Kore, raranga, whakairo and the like. It will also be a learning place for sea ecology - mussel ropes, Ichthyology and the like.

The name Te Wānanga references the functionality of this key public open space area as a generous and flexible space that provides for a wide range of purposes.

Te Ngau o Horotiu 

Te Ngau o Horotiu (previously known as the Ferry Basin Redevelopment) refers to the sawtooth shape of the new pontoons. It's almost as if Horotiu - the resident kaitiaki for the Te Waihorotiu valley and this part of Te Waitematā - had left his bite marks in the new structure.
Key project updates

Quay Street overnight lane closures

Until end-May 2021
7.30pm to 05.00am

STOP-GO, lane and footpath closures continue in localised sections of Quay Street so we can safely bring in and plant the remainder of the trees.

Quay Street partial southern footpath closure 

One Quay Street construction works

From Friday 21 May 2021 

These works and the associated footpath closure are not part of the Downton Programme.

LT McGuinness, on behalf of Precinct Properties will be closing a section of Quay Street's southern footpath at the end of next week as part of the construction of the new One Quay Street construction.

Please see below plan from LT McGuinness relating to access down Quay Street as a result of implementation of their new site enclosure for material load outs.
  • Pedestrians will be diverted over to the northern Quay Street footpath at crossings located at Lower Albert Street and Te Komititanga.
  • Access through Commercial Bay between Lower Queen Street and Lower Quay Street will be maintained.
  • This changeover is programmed to be implemented from Friday 21st May onwards.
For all queries and concerns please contact:

Rob Bailey LT McGuinness
021 196 0707 | 
Project completion timelines

Quay Street enhancement 

Quay Street Enhancement major works now complete and blessed by Mana whenua. Tree planting and street furniture installation until end-May 2021.

Te Wānanga (Downtown Public Space)

Te Wānanga major works completed in June in time for mana whenua blessing programmed late-June. Te Wānanga will open to the public early-July 2021. 

Te Ngau o Horotiu 
(Ferry Basin Redevelopment)

Te Ngau o Horotiu is undergoing sea trials until its public opening in early July 2021.
Area specific progress 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

Key updates

Quay Street Enhancement works are almost complete.

By the end of this month the planting of all 135 native trees and underplanting of rain gardens (7000 new plants in total) will be complete. The War Memorial Beacon (originally located outside Burger Boy) will also return to its new location on Quay Street - the northern footpath in front of Te Wānanga (location shown in photos below).

Complete works:

► Mahi toi elements are now displayed on Quay Street light poles, stone bench seating and areas of pavement. 

► The coloured LED street lights are in full operation for everyone's evening viewing pleasure. Do watch out for them if you are coming in via the ferry as they look amazing!

► Full footpath access along both sides of Quay Street is available.

► The full length of the new cycle lane is open. Cyclists, drivers and pedestrians please be mindful of each other.

► All new bus lanes are complete and in operation.
The new location for the WW1 Memorial Beacon when it returns to Quay Street this month.
Removal of the Memorial Beacon in July 2020.
The beacon was carefully dismantled and transported to an expert stonemason’s workshop for a full restoration.
Cycle lanes, footpaths, seating, greenery and open spaces all available for your enjoyment!
Te Wānanga 

Key updates

  • Installation of exterior balustrades and leaners around the new deck will be complete by the end of this month.
  • Installation of the blue heritage fence separating Te Wānanga from the northern footpath will be complete next week. 
  • Sandblasting and sealing of the new deck is complete with finishing touches underway.
  • Installation of bollards and light poles will be complete next week.
  • Installation of the custom designed street furniture, drinking fountain and new Kupenga nets will commence soon.
  • Te Wānanga will be open to the public early-July.
Te Wānanga is rapidly moving closer to completion. 
New balustrades being installed around Te Wananga apertures. 
Open space almost ready for you to enjoy. Furniture to be installed over the coming weeks.
Te Ngau o Horotiu

Te Ngau o Horotiu 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.

Te Ngau o Horotiu has just been handed over to Auckland Transport for commissioning and trials, and is expected to be open and operational for ferry passengers early July 2021.

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