Te Ara Awataha is setting a benchmark for innovative design.
The 1.5km green infrastructure project in Northcote, has been awarded the GHD Award for Environmental Leadership at the 2021 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards and has also been recognised on the International Good Practice Platform, as an exemplar of innovative and collaborative work being undertaken as a response to climate change and rapid urbanisation.
Of the project, the judges said ‘Te Ara Awataha captured our attention for its interweaving of Te Ao Māori, urban design and environmental remediation principles. It is a collaborative piece of placemaking that goes beyond just a physical corridor to employment, social procurement, and educational objectives. A project that demonstrates regard for all four dimensions of well-being.’
Linking Northcote town centre to existing parks, schools, and homes in Northcote, Auckland. Te Ara Awataha is part of the wider urban regeneration of Northcote and seeks to resolve long-standing stormwater issues while creating a valued and resilient environmental asset. The project includes partial daylighting of the Awataha Stream, a shared walking and cycling path, native planting, play destinations, and the integration of cultural design elements.
Te Ara Awataha is being delivered in partnership with Kāinga Ora, Panuku Development Auckland, Healthy Waters (Auckland Council), and mana whenua. The project is currently under construction and will be delivered in stages over the next 6 years.