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Friday, 23 April 2021

Kia ora neighbours and friends,

Isn't Quay Street looking green again! 

This week, while the city was sleeping, Auckland’s urban ngahere/forest welcomed home the first of its of seven mature pōhutukawa to Quay Street and Te Wānanga.

More than a year ago, these pōhutukawa trees were carefully uplifted from Quay Street and moved to their temporary home in Teal Park and have been carefully looked after by a dedicated team of Auckland Council arborists.

Our Auckland was onsite this week to capture the first two trees returning home...

Photo credit: Auckalnd Council
40 year-old pōhutukawa return to Quay Street in overnight crane-lift
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Commemorating Anzac Day

Auckland Council is proud to partner with the Auckland RSA to deliver Auckland’s 2021 Anzac Day.

Anzac Day is always a special time of remembering and honouring those men and women who served in our military.

This year’s theme is Service and Sacrifice, with a particular focus on saluting the women past and present who have served in the military.

Our Auckland has all the details you need to honour our veterans and armed forces this Sunday - for more information 

Significant works / site changes

Downtown Programme site layout 

From Sunday 25 April 2021

click map to enlarge

Overnight Quay Street stop-go operations

Until end-May 2021
7.30pm to 05.00am

Key messaging

Most nights until the end of May there will be STOP-GO activity and footpath closures in localised sections along Quay Street. This is so we can safely bring in and plant the remainder of the trees.

Lower Albert Street bus changes from Sunday 25 April
NX1 & western bus services return to Lower Albert Street

Birkenhead buses shift to Quay Street
This Sunday all lanes reopen on Lower Albert Street which will result in some bus stop changes for  passengers. Please follow electronic overhead signage.

From Sunday 25 April:
  • Birkenhead bus services to the North Shore, routes 95B, 95C, 95G, 97B, 97R and 97V will use the bus stop around the corner on Quay Street which will re-open.
  • NX1 and western bus services will use Lower Albert Street western side.
  • 105, 106, 110, 125X & 129 will use Lower Albert Street eastern side.
  • 18, 195 & 209 will use Lower Albert Street eastern side.
Click on the image below to open PDF flier with more information or click [HERE] for AT Metro website.
Project completion timelines

Quay Street enhancement 

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 mid-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

Key updates

Full pedestrian access along both sides of Quay Street is now open.

The full length of the new cycle lane is now open. 

Bus lane greening is now complete and will be in operation from the 25 April.

Testing of the coloured LED strips in the new streetlights along Quay Street was completed this week. These will shine red on Monday night in recognition of our fallen Anzac heroes. Following that they will be handed over to Auckland Council.

Planting of 135 NZ native trees in the new rain gardens and tree pits along Quay Street and Te Wānanga has commenced. 

Around 7000 native plants will be planted under the trees in the rain gardens. This will commence in around two weeks.

Next Friday there will some new features unveiled around site - keep an eye out for these in next weeks newsletter!
Testing of new LED coloured light strips along the northern side of Quay Street.
Testing of new LED coloured light strips along the southern side of Quay Street.
The first pōhutukawa to return to Quay Street from Teal Park.
Final seating being installed along the southern footpath.
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Quay Street has returned to one lane in each direction and with the opening of the new cycleway and the northern footpath, we all need to take time to adjust to the new street layout.
Lower Albert Street Bus Interchange

Key updates

From Sunday, 25 April, all Lower Albert Street lanes will open.
  • Birkenhead bus services to the North Shore, routes 95B, 95C, 95G, 97B, 97R and 97V will use re-opened Quay Street stop.
  • NX1 and western bus services will use Lower Albert Street western side.
  • 105, 106, 110, 125X & 129 will use Lower Albert Street eastern side.
  • 18, 195 & 209 will use Lower Albert Street eastern side.
The above bus stops on Quay Street will re-open from this Sunday for all Birkenhead bus services to the North Shore.
Newly installed electronic passenger information displays (PIDs) are all installed and will be operating from Sunday.
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. 

Key updates

  • Installation of exterior balustrades and leaners will be complete around the new deck next week.
  • Installation of the blue heritage fence separating Te Wānanga from the northern footpath continues. 
  • Sandblasting and sealing of the new deck is almost complete.
  • Installation of the custom designed street furniture, light poles, drinking fountain and new Kupenga nets will commence soon.
  • Te Wānanga will open to the public in mid-June.
Pōhutukawa newly arrived and ready for planting.
Newly planted New Zealand native trees.
Sandblasting continues on the new deck.
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.

New Queens Wharf lighting is not complete.
Pontoon lighting on new berths is now complete.
Media Links
40 year-old pōhutukawa return to Quay Street in overnight crane-lift.
Harbour Edge Stitch moves from bold concept to exciting reality.
Stunning coastal shelf nears completion, opening downtown to the sea.
Ferry Basin Redevelopment project reaches major milestone.
Quay Street’s waterfront secured for the next 100 years.
Easy does it: 100 tonne canopy craned into place as Auckland ferry terminal project hits major milestone.

Downtown tree relocation
AT Quay Street Progress
AT Quay Street Closure from 13 September 2020
Downtown Auckland Transport 30 sec public spaces
Downtown Auckland Transport 30 sec Arrival and Connection

Pōhutukawa trees return to downtown Auckland in overnight crane mission
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