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Friday, 05 March 2021

Alert Level 3

Kia ora neighbours and friends,
What a week! Lockdowns and tsunami least next week will return to a little more normalcy when we drop down to Alert Level 2.
If you need a laugh and haven't yet seen Laura Daniel's campaign asking the rest of New Zealand to spare a thought for poor Aucklanders during this Level 3 lockdown - click on the fabulous Hillary Barry below.

Support the cause #PRAYFORAUCKLAND.

Image from Seven Sharp facebook page.

  Kia kaha, don't forget to use your NZ COVID Tracer app and happy reading!
Covid-19 support

Resurgence Support Payment

The last day to apply is 22 March for the alert level increase on 14 February. Applications are open for the alert level increase of 28 February.

Financial support is still available for eligible businesses that have experienced a 30% downturn over the current period of Alerts Level 3 & 2. Applications for the Resurgence Support Payment are open - 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 Monday 08 March 

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Stop-go in place 24/7 on Quay Street this week

Gore Street to Queens Wharf

In place until 06.00am Sunday 07 March.

Due to low traffic volumes on Quay Street during Alert Level 3, the westbound lane between Gore Street and Queen's Wharf remains closed for this week. The remedial concrete panel works are progressing well and are almost complete.

Waiheke ferries return to Pier 2

Saturday 06 March 

With all fender pile works now complete the Waiheke ferries will return to Pier 2 this Saturday, 06 March.
Thank you to all Waiheke passengers for your patience and cooperation during these works.
Project timelines

Quay Street enhancement streetscape

  • Quay Street Enhancement - completion late April 2021.

Te Wānanga (Downtown Public Space)

  • Te Wānanga is programmed to be complete in late April and open to the public in early May 2021.

Ferry Basin Redevelopment

  • Ferry Basin Redevelopment - complete late April 2021 but not open for ferry services until June 2021.
Area specific work update
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: northern footpath
Princes Wharf to Commerce Street
Construction of the new northern footpath along Quay Street is progressing well. Pedestrian access is available from Burger Boy through to Pier 4, and by the end of April will be available all the way through to the Ferry Building and ferry terminals. Access onto Te Wānanga won't be available until end-May 2021.

Site fencing will remain along the roadside of The Quay Street northern footpath until June when all planting and street furniture installation works are complete. Areas will open up as works progress where it is safe to do so.  Access to businesses is being maintained at all times.

Construction of the new cycleway is now complete.

Progress photos

StrataCells are being installed in the new northern raingardens and will provide them with more space for extensive root growth for large-canopy trees, bringing the tree-root system closer to the pavement surface while still supporting maximum pedestrian traffic loads. The cells provide strength whilst giving the free space for soil that won't get overly compacted by surface loading, resulting in an ideal place for roots systems to grow, especially for larger trees.
This corner is almost complete and will open this weekend it will allowing the north-south pedestrian crossing to be reactivated.
Paving of the new northern footpath is progressing well across Te Wānanga.
This crew is installing the new tactile pavers for the Lower Albert Street / Quay Street pedestrian crossing that is programmed to be live by end-April 2021.
Paving works in front of the eastern kiosk were complete this week.
Quay Street East enhancement: northern footpath
Commerce Street to Britomart Place 
The new northern footpath and cycle lane from Captain Cooks Wharf to Britomart Place are now complete and open.

The new planter boxes have been covered in upcycled scrim to decorate and protect the timber framing of the temporary planter boxes. The project team worked alongside Iwi appointed artist Tessa Harris to develop a sustainable concept that weaved the banners together to form a mat that then wrapped around the walls of the planter. This is the outcome and we love them!

The trees will be planted in May/June.
Quay Street enhancement: southern footpath
Commerce Street to Lower Hobson Street
Finishing works along the new southern footpath between Lower Albert Street and Commerce Street are now well underway. Pedestrian access along the footpath and into all buildings is being maintained at all times.

All raingardens and tree pits have now been uncapped and emptied with new bench seating, traffic poles and street poles currently being installed. Paving works continue. 

The temporary loading bay (15min only) will return to the bottom of Lower Queen Street from Monday.

The Lower Hobson Street / Quay Street paving works outside M Social are now close to completion with the corner programmed to re-open this month.

Fencing will remain around all rain gardens until they are planted in May/June this year.
Remedial works are now complete in the two concrete panels between Commerce Street & Lower Queen. These are being poured today.
New kerb line construction from Quay Street around into Commerce Street is now underway. This corner is programmed to reopen in about two weeks.
The new wheel stops will soon be installed either end of the new Quay Street permanent parking bays.
Paving works are progressing well around the rain gardens between Lower Queen and Lower Albert Street. 
Lower Albert Street Bus Interchange
The Lower Albert Street Bus interchange is now complete. Temporary traffic management (cones) will remain in place from the new red carpet middle crossing north until Quay Street is running in its final alignment and all lanes on Lower Albert Street can be utilised.
  • 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 in late 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. 

The construction of nine new fender piles for Te Wānanga was complete this week. Works continue around the new deck to install the new balustrades and leaners, and sandblasting will commence early next week to create a non-slip architectural finish to the new deck surface.

Over the coming months, custom designed street furniture, light poles, a drinking fountain, Kupenga nets a will start being installed so this wonderful new space can be opened for you in May.

Installation of all nine new fender piles is now complete.
Spider crane being used to install the new balustrades and leaners that go around the Te Wānanga deck.
Waterside view of the new balustrades and leaners around the Te Wānanga 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 mid-2021.

Public Transport Updates

Waiheke ferry services

Waiheke ferry services return to Pier 2 Saturday 06 March. 

Ferry changes due to America's Cup

Racing on the Waitematā Harbour will mean some changes, increased travel time, or cancellations to some ferry services.

Click here to keep up to date with all ferry timetable changes during the Prada Cup.

Timetable updates (click to link)

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