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Friday, 04 June 2021

Kia ora neighbours and friends,

We hope this update finds you all well and looking forward to your long weekend. If you are heading away, please do drive safely on the roads,.

Tomorrow is World Environment Day 2021 and this year's theme is ‘Ecosystem restoration’. There has never been a more urgent need to revive damaged ecosystems than now, so we are being encouraged to be part of #GenerationRestoration.

Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet - and its people. To find out more and about how you can help, visit any of the links listed below.

We cannot turn back time, but we can take steps to grow native trees, green our cities, and clean up rivers and coasts. We can make a difference.

instagram / facebook / twitter / youtube / playbook 

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

Downtown Auckland 7.10am today

What's on Downtown

Queen's Birthday Weekend Market & Whānau Festival

Free event

Extract below from Heart of the City

Hit the Auckland waterfront this Queen's Birthday - it will be a fabulous weekend of fun family festivities and local shopping ready for you!

For the second time at this unique venue, General Collective is bringing you a bespoke market showcasing the incredible talent of New Zealand’s creative community across two days.

Grab a coffee, a bite to eat, and enjoy the markets as well as a host of free music and workshops, including:

  • King Kapisi & Teremoana (DJing, MC'ing and Singing)
  • Captain Festus McBoyle's Travellin’ Variety Show
  • GO-GO Family Rave feat. Dick Johnson / Magik J
  • Lily Jackson
  • 3 Ring Riot Circus Workshops
  • Junky Monkeys
  • Sew Love Sewing Workshops
  • Kra KoTo Kra Drumming Workshops
  • Face Painting
  • DJ Sandy Mill Music
  • DJ Matthew Crawley
  • Paint & Create Ceramic Painting

Sunday, June 6
Monday, June 7

10:00am - 3:00pm

Over Queen’s Birthday weekend, Saturday 5 June to Monday 7 June, KiwiRail will be continuing track upgrades and maintenance work across the entire rail network. Buses will replace trains. More information is available under Public Transport updates at end of this newsletter. 

Project completion timelines

Quay Street Enhancement 

Quay Street Enhancement major works now complete and blessed by mana whenua. Street furniture installation until end-June 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

This week:
  • Quay Street east trees installed in planter boxes along northern side between Commerce Street and Britomart Place.
This month:
  • Four Ngā Punawai Water Fountains will be installed along Quay Street end-June.
Completed works:
  • The War Memorial Beacon (originally located outside Burger Boy) has returned to its new location on Quay Street mid next week.
  • The planting of all 135 native trees and underplanting of rain gardens (7000 new plants in total) is complete. 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.
WW2 War Memorial Beacon 
Above drone image captured by local resident Paul McLuckie
Te Wānanga 

Key updates

  • Sandblasting and sealing of the new deck, installation of bollards and light poles is now complete.
  • Installation of the custom designed furniture continues.
  • Installation of exterior balustrades and leaners around the new deck is now complete.
  • Installation of balustrades and hand rails around deck openings/viewing holes (apertures) will be complete by the end of June.
  • Installation of the blue heritage fence separating Te Wānanga from the northern footpath will be complete soon. Awaiting delivery of lamps.
  • Installation of the first Kupenga nets will commence end-June.
  • Te Wānanga will be open to the public early-July.
Above: New street furniture installation continues.
LED lighting strips installed along bottom on leaners around Te Wānanga decking. 
Heritage fence separating Te Wānanga from northern footpath.
Finishing works continue on aperture balustrades.
Perfecting the holes in the balustrade design around the apertures/viewing holes
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.

Media Links
Public Transport Updates
Over Queen’s Birthday weekend, Saturday 5 June to Monday 7 June, KiwiRail will be continuing track upgrades and maintenance work across the entire rail network. Buses will replace trains.
You can visit for rail replacement bus timetables, or for regular bus services.

Timetable updates (click to link)

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