City waterfronts

### Radio New Zealand National 101FM 6 September 2009
Sunday Morning with Chris Laidlaw
8:12 Insight: Waterfront Wars
Insight looks at the on-going tussle over the development of the waterfronts in Auckland and Wellington. Can new buildings re-vitalise the areas or should open space be preserved for public access?
Written and presented by Eric Frykberg
Audio | Download: Ogg MP3 (26′ 27″)


### RNZ National Friday, 04 September 2009 08:50
Morning Report with Geoff Robinson & Sean Plunket
Activists cautious of waterfront development
Activists remain on watch as Wellington and Auckland city authorities intensify development of their waterfronts. (duration: 3′20″)
Audio | Download: Ogg Vorbis MP3 (3′ 20″)

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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4 responses to “City waterfronts

  1. Elizabeth

    The Insight item mentions Cape Town and Vancouver waterfronts might inform Auckland waterfront’s future development.

    Some (big picture) images of Vancouver:

    New Perspective
    The Vancouver Convention Center
    The waterfront
    North Van waterfront
    Framing Yaletown

    Quick rundown on Vancouver at Wikipedia:

  2. Peter

    I see 88 and 95 Parry Street on the stadium side of the Leith are up for sale as development sites. With these two sites, demolition on Parry St for SH88 realignment and the sale of properties by Chalmers Properties on Anzac Ave, pretty much the entire area surrounding the stadium seems up for change.

  3. How did I miss this gem – boy work really can get in the way of the important things.

    Very cheeky Elizabeth posting pics of possibly my fav city in the world (although Dunedin and London are possibly in a tie)

  4. Elizabeth

    From an old post (7.10.12) Link


    [even Jim Harland, former DCC chief executive, had a strong appreciation for historic ‘regenerated’ waterfronts; he showed me his snapshots from Boston, a people-place waterfront complete with sample of old ships… an update to my visit in 1984]

    Yesterday, celebrating the centenary of Aspinall Joel Lawyers, a group of us took the harbour cruise on MV Tiakina. Travelling past the Fubar edifice, it occurred to me how bad the ‘shed’ looks from the channel. Most times I see it from Waverley, and although you can read it closely from there, there’s nothing like a confrontational boat trip reveal. If this is the best we can do architecturally, Dunedin, heaven help us. Thank god international cruise ships can’t make it to the upper harbour.

    Ditto that for the ’27-storey hotel’ idea for 41 Wharf St. Take the Jetty St overbridge and observe the site from the front passenger seat as you head down the off-ramp to the Steamer Basin. It’s from here the gross misjudgement hits – why didn’t ORC or DCC buy 41 Wharf St off Tim Barnett and enter consultation with the Dunedin Community on the best possible use and development of this and the wider ‘civic’ site that includes the wharf area ???

    Dunedin, this tower design effort (what design?) is pathetic. People with no aesthetic sensibility are bloody wrecking our city’s waterfront precinct potential and future!

    The Community should be saving the old steam tug SS Te Whaka (a gutsy workhorse form, now up out of the water, inviting rescue one way or the other) as part of the whole harbourside experience, for peanuts–compared to the monetary grief that will unfold if DCC allows the tower to be erect-ed… the disingenuous tall building means a lot of toes, one hell of a lot of shootings.


    [Auckland’s Queens Wharf]

    The 400m-long wharf promised not only an up-close experience of the “theatre” of the water – ferries, yachts, ships and tugboats coming and going – but connection to world-class harbour views: a panorama sweeping from the harbour bridge to Stanley Point, Rangitoto, Devonport’s twin cones and down the harbour to Waiheke and Browns Island. These views define Auckland.

    ### NZ Herald Online 5:00 AM Saturday Dec 5, 2015
    Whatever happened to the people’s wharf?
    By Geoff Cumming
    It’s been six years since Aucklanders were promised a new vision of open spaces and access to harbour views on the city’s waterfront gateway, Queens Wharf. Remember the sense of breakthrough when Queens Wharf in downtown Auckland was secured as the people’s wharf?
    For a city whose finest assets are its harbour and gulf setting and volcanic field, this was a big deal. For generations, the thousands who visit and work in the city centre caught only fleeting glimpses of those views thanks to the physical and political sway of the port. Opening up Queens Wharf at the foot of Queen St was the holy grail. Six years on, the imported cars and bananas have gone but the port’s preference to berth giant cruise ships there still overshadows the evolution of the people’s wharf. […] The countless consultations and master plans have long promised low-intensity, high-quality public spaces and promenades providing the downtown-waterfront access that Wellingtonians and Sydneysiders enjoy. […] What’s there now, even the council concedes, is a long way short. And making sense of the 3ha of public space is on hold until a raft of surrounding developments and obstacles are sorted.
    Read more



    NZH: User-friendly wins the day
    “Last Anniversary Weekend, the [Auckland] council closed off lower Queen St and Quay St and laid out beanbags, deck chairs and children’s playthings on fake grass matting – an experiment to see what the public made of a car-free waterfront. They loved it. The over-riding preference was to get close to the water and see the harbour. Those surveyed liked “fun, quirky spaces” and play areas for children as well as shelter. Environment, including green spaces, and setting were paramount. Arts and culture came in second, ahead of recreation facilities, with hospitality and retail down the track. A landmark tourist attraction wasn’t a priority for most. There was enthusiasm for trams or light rail to connect the waterfront with Wynyard Quarter and the eastern bays. Cycle lanes were also important. In short, the same vision that 15 years of consultations and plans have produced.”

    As highlighted above – “The over-riding preference was to get close to the water and see the harbour.” – this was exactly the public sentiment expressed at Dunedin harbourside workshops held in anticipation of DCC’s Harbourside Plan Change – and which is now adrift due to the selfishness of Industry (who don’t use the wharves at all) wanting to prevent public access to a short section of Fryatt St wharf aligning to contemporary adaptive reuse of the two wharfsheds closest to the Monarch’s berth.

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