The Auckland Plan

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### 20 Sep 2011 at 1:40pm
Auckland’s grand plan to build the ‘world’s most liveable city’
By Esther Goh
It’s a tall order, making Auckland’s the ‘world’s most liveable city’ by 2040, but we’ll never know if we don’t try. Mayor Len Brown today launched the draft Auckland Plan, accompanied by plans for the region’s economic development, the city centre and the waterfront, which outline initiatives for urban design and business growth to secure its future as a “globally competitive city”.

The proposals shape options for how JAFAs may live and work, and the transport services they will use. The report sets out five priorities:
• dramatically accelerating the prospects of children and young people
• committing to environmental action and green growth
• outstanding public transport within one network
• radically improving urban living and the built environment
• substantially lifting living standards for all Aucklanders

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ODT Online Tue, 20 Sep 2011
Grand vision for Auckland revealed
Auckland mayor Len Brown has today unveiled his vision to make it the world’s most liveable city by 2040. The 30-year plan looks to create a world-class city centre and waterfront with a city rail link, and to focus on improving education, health and housing. It also sets sets out how Auckland will absorb an additional one million people and build 400,000 houses to accommodate them in the next 30 years. APNZ
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12 responses to “The Auckland Plan

  1. Elizabeth

    The following comments (via tweet) have relevance for Dunedin’s harbourside development and providing public access to the water.

    “David Irwin ventures down to Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter on opening morning and relishes the prospect of a precinct that offers opportunities to connect with the water and play in the sand.”

    “So often our public spaces do not make the powerful design moves that are grounded in the place and reflect our culture; instead they are too often over-designed and preoccupied with materials and elements that belong anywhere and nowhere.”

    Tweet (23 Sep 11:43):

    @_interior_ Interior at ArchNow: Barefoot in our city: David Irwin’s reflections on Wynyard Quarter on opening morning.

  2. Hype O'Thermia

    Couldn’t agree more about “over-designed and preoccupied with materials and elements that belong anywhere and nowhere”. Was talking with a woman yesterday who had spent a few weeks back home in Canada. Longing for some free space she went to the beach only to find that even there, there were “walks” – paved, corseted lest anyone fall over / experience an uneven surface / get natural materials like sand or gravel in their shoes. She got back in her car and drove away. It was only another couple of weeks till she would be back in Dunedin and a few minutes’ drive from home she would be able to enjoy unmanicured beaches, or rivers, or bush.
    The wharf area is damn near perfect as it is. ALLOW (don’t force) businesses to set up eateries if they want to, if according to their evaluations it makes economic sense to them. ALLOW studios and residents to use premises in the old buildings according only to reasonable (not deliberate can’t-do use of rules that are not relevant to normal degrees of safety elsewhere in the community) fire safety legislation, no allowance at all for complaining about noise from existing use not for imposing their (e.g. bands rehearsing) noise on existing users of the area. Like – embrace freedom of individual preference as long as it doesn’t impact unreasonably on others. The idea of more of those “designed” areas such as the naff Sth Dunedin drawing gives me the shudders. Actually it’s not even “such as” – there seems to be one set of Lego components available to people who are overpaid – have to be given the degree of NOT-inspiration – designers, and it’s not only the most basic beginners’ set, some of the components must have been lost down the back of the sofa.

  3. Peter

    We happened to be unwittingly down in the Wynyard Quarter, the day it opened, to see the Auckland Art Fair in the new pavilion set up for such shows. We didn’t even realise there was a Wynyard Quarter, to be opened on that day! Of course the area was packed. All very smart with the boat marina and apartments, reeking of wealth, upward mobility and…. social inequality. There is a drawbridge which can be mechanically elevated for the smart boats to get in and out. The plebs have to wait. I can only imagine what this area looked like beforehand in the days before the America’s Cup. The area seemed to speak of a different New Zealand to the one I came to 32 years ago. To be fair though, this is a worldwide move to create such areas because they are deemed to show progress. Maybe I’m not ‘moving with the times’, but part of me, while approving of urban renewal, feels sad about what is also lost. This area seemed to be as much about consumption as urban renewal. In the end, the Wynyard Quarter is just imitative of what is happening elsewhere. We visited Ipswich in England last year that also had the fancy marina and apartments in one corner of the town. It looked much the same as the Wynyard Quarter! The rest of the town centre looked depressed with vacant shops etc and even the people looked down and out.
    I guess the Wynyard Quarter is a start, but they need sympathetic urban renewal in other areas that benefit more than just the neighbourhoods of the wealthy.

  4. Hype O'Thermia

    Generic marinas, golden arches, Starbucks, oh the joy of travel when Progress succeeds completely and we’ll never need to encounter anything unfamiliar no matter where we go.

  5. Hype O'Thermia

    Dunedin people will be OK then, with the Fubar-lux sucking up every discretionary cent before cleaning out the necessities of life moneyboxes.

  6. Peter

    Maybe we could do with some real philanthropists here, Hype O’Thermia – like America’s Warren Buffet and Bill Gates. Unlike our fake Fubar ones who make a song and dance about their ‘generosity’ – giving with one hand and taking away with the other. I nominate Eion Edgar for a really generous stadium gift to the people of Dunedin. By generous offer, I mean $10m minimum. Any other nominees? Let’s not forget Milc’em Farry.

  7. Amanda kennedy

    Isn’t the DCC paying Julian Smith for the ODT centenary celebrations ? He is getting $70,000 I think. I wonder how much he is paying the stadium for having the celebrations that will be held there? How much will the tickets be to go to these celebrations? It is good that Mr Smith is a millionaire many, many times over; so he will have no difficulty paying a very handsome fee to the stadium.

    {The concert is ticketed, and free to Dunedin citizens. -Eds}

  8. Amanda kennedy

    Oh. Of course. Now the corporate world has the stadium over a barrel. Because it is a financial lemon, any company can name its price (and Julian Smith said ‘for free’) and the David Davies has to say ‘that’s fine, no problem’. We are paying multi-millionare Smith to use ‘our stadium’ basically. Otherwise we might all think that the stadium is a near criminal waste of money. Now Davies can crow how the stadium is being used (he will keep quiet about how it is making not a single cent though). Smith was part of the stadium push on the public, now he is not paying top dollar for a stint in it? We pay him? This is so unjust it is jawdropping.

    • Elizabeth

      We know it happens, we’re off thread everywhere here at What if?
      If people could do their best to stick to relevant threads, it helps future archive searches.

      Peter has the latest on use of the stadium for conferences – it’s not all for free…

  9. Amanda kennedy

    This is a pure example of the ‘private profit and public debt’ that stadium is all about. Smith gets a free ODT party, we pay for it. Eyewatering hypocrisy.

  10. Elizabeth

    31/10/2011 Urban Design Forum submission on the Draft Auckland Plan

    Click to access AucklandPlanDraftSubmission31Oct2011.pdf

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