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Friday, 30 April 2021

Kia ora neighbours and friends,

In the early hours of this morning a blessing was held by Mana Whenua to officially lay the calm before unveiling Quay Street's new mahi toi elements. You will find these elements on the new light poles, on various stone bench seating and in areas of paving (photos below).

It has also been a super productive week with all but two of the original pōhutukawa now returned to Quay Street - these will arrive next Monday night. Last night saw the largest of the original pōhutukawa take up residence outside M Social's Beasts & Butterflies on the corner of the Lower Hobson Street intersection. 

As a team we are so proud of Quay Street's transformation and how beautiful she is becoming. We hope you are too!

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

Photo captured this morning at 6.40am
Milestone achievements 

Mana Whenua dawn blessing

At dawn today, Mana Whenua and the Downtown Programme team marked an important milestone in the Quay Street Enhancements project, bringing a number of exciting new Māori design elements into the light of day. 
These design elements were created through a unique design partnership with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Ngāti Tamaoho, Ngaati Whanaunga, Te Akitai Waiohua, Ngāti Maru, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, Te Patukirikiri, Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua and Te Ahiwaru-Makaurau, all iwi/hapū that have connection to this area. Mana Whenua artists Ted Ngātaki, Maaka Pōtini, Reuben Kirkwood, Charmaine Bailie, Richelle Kāhui-McConnell have worked alongside the design teams over the last three years to deliver these works. 
As this programme heads towards completion, streetscape upgrades and a greatly enhanced public realm is delivering a totally different Quay Street and Waterfront that will be uniquely Tāmaki Makaurau!
Significant works / site changes

Overnight Quay Street lane closures

Until end-May 2021
7.30pm to 05.00am

Key messaging

Most nights until the end of May there will be STOP-GO, lane and footpath closures in localised sections so we can safely bring in and plant the remainder of the trees.

On Monday night next week the final two original pōhutukawa trees will arrive back to Quay Street. These two will be located either side of Quay Street between Te Komititanga and Commerce Street.

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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.
  • If you are driving and turning into or out of Queens Wharf please watch out for pedestrians and cyclists crossing the entrance.
  • If you are walking, please be aware that the cycleway is separated and prioritised for people on bikes. Stay out of the cycleway and remember to stand back when you are waiting to cross Quay Street at pedestrian crossing points.
  • If you are on your bike, follow the signals and be cautious when you are crossing the Princes Wharf or Queen's Wharf entrance.
For more important information click the link below: .

Lower Albert Street bus stop changes 
NX1 & western bus services have returned to Lower Albert Street

Birkenhead bus customers please use Quay Street bus stop
All lanes are operating on Lower Albert Street which means there are bus stop changes for some passengers. Please follow electronic overhead signage or ask the friendly pink vest ambassadors for assistance.

Bus stop changes:
  • Birkenhead bus services to the North Shore, routes 95B, 95C, 95G, 97B, 97R and 97V now use the bus stop around the corner on Quay Street.
  • NX1 and western bus services now use Lower Albert Street western side (Countdown side).
  • 105, 106, 110, 125X & 129 now use Lower Albert Street eastern side (Commercial Bay side).
  • 18, 195 & 209 now use Lower Albert Street eastern side (Commercial Bay side).
For more information click [HERE] for AT Metro website.
Project completion timelines

Quay Street enhancement 

Quay Street Enhancement - major works now complete. Tree planting and street furniture installation until end-May.

Te Wānanga (Downtown Public Space)

Te Wānanga 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 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

New mahi toi elements are now displayed on Quay Street light poles. stone bench seating and areas of pavement after being blessed by Mana Whenua this morning. 

The coloured LED street lights are now 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 now available.

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

Bus lane greening is now complete and new bus lanes are in operation.

Planting of 135 NZ native trees in the new rain gardens and tree pits along Quay Street and Te Wānanga will continue until end-May. Early next week the final two original pōhutukawa trees will return to Quay Street.

Around 7000 native plants are now being planted in the rain gardens. 
New Lower Hobson Street bus lane is now live.
Underplanting works underway along Quay Street.
Backfilling and tidy of newly planted pōhutukawa trees is underway.
New stone bench seats now open for public use.
New mahi toi elements are now displayed on Quay Street light poles.
The largest of the returning pōhutukawa trees returning to site last night.
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 continues with the eastern section now complete.
  • 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 almost complete.
  • Installation of bollards and light poles has commenced
  • Installation of the custom designed street furniture, drinking fountain and new Kupenga nets will commence soon.
  • Te Wānanga will open to the public in mid-June.
A section of new Te Wānanga exterior balustrades and leaners is complete.
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 has just been handed over to Auckland Transport to commence commissioning and trials, and is expected to be open and operational for ferry passengers early July 2021.

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