Why are you doing this trial?
There has been significant growth in the areas around Pukekohe in recent years, and more growth is likely in the future.
To ensure Pukekohe is well-prepared for this growth, Panuku has started working on a 10-year plan for the Pukekohe town centre in partnership with mana whenua, the Franklin Local Board, Auckland Transport and Auckland Council.
Our early thinking involves improvements to Devon Lane and King Street, and the potential redevelopment of some car parks over the next 10 years.
The Pukekohe Streets for People project will help us to trial some of these ideas on a temporary basis to see whether they work for the Pukekohe community. It has been made possible through the support of Waka Kotahi’s (NZ Transport Agency) Innovating Streets for People programme, which funds community-based initiatives to create more people-friendly spaces in our towns and cities.
What are you seeking to achieve with this trial?
These temporary activities are designed to enhance the vibrancy of Pukekohe’s town centre. This project focuses on making it safer for people to walk around Pukekohe, as well as creating space for outdoor dining and trialling moving the market into the town square.
The process is iterative, so we are able to tweak and adapt the trial based on feedback as we go.
When was the consultation?
Initial consultation occurred with the advisory group and the community via drop-in sessions in late 2020 and early 2021. This has ensured that the project goals and temporary designs reflect the needs and priorities of the Pukekohe community.
This trial will test these ideas in practice – once installed the community will have the opportunity to feedback on what’s working and what isn’t. The trial itself is part of the consultation.
Please give us your feedback about this trial by 12 June 2021.
How is this trial being funded?
This project is 90% funded by Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency) as part of its Innovating Streets for People initiative, which funds community-based initiatives to create more people-friendly spaces in our towns and cities.
The remaining 10% of funding is being provided by Panuku, as part of its Unlock Pukekohe programme.
Why did you choose this direction for the King St one-way road?
The purpose of this project is to trial some future ideas for Pukekohe. Auckland Transport has plans for upgrading the the intersections at the top of Manukau Road and on Stadium Drive in the future. One of these options includes limiting access onto King St. This is trialling how that could work in practice.
Will there be fewer parking spaces in Pukekohe through this project?
Three 60-minute parking spaces will be removed from King St on a temporary basis, however we're investigating the possibility of including additional parking spaces on Roulston St later in this trial.
If this road layout becomes permanent, will the items there now stay?
No, we’ve intentionally made the temporary design affordable and easy to be changed or disassembled. Future designs and permanent installations will learn from this and will be rebuilt in more durable and long-lasting materials.
How do I give feedback and will my feedback decide whether this trial is made permanent?
You can give feedback on this page - just fill out the form on the previous page.
You can also meet with someone on-site to discuss specific details or elements that aren’t working from your perspective.
Your feedback is important in assisting the future decision-making of whether these temporary changes become permanent, but it won’t be the only information we collect.
We are also undertaking an extensive monitoring and evaluation study of the changes including measuring pedestrian counts, vehicle speeds and bus reliability data. All this information will inform decisions around the future of the changes that works for the Pukekohe community.
Where did these ideas come from?
The current Pukekohe Streets for People plans have been developed through a series of co-design sessions with a local advisory panel held in late 2020 and early 2021. There have also been co-design sessions with local businesses and a workshop with youth, as well as drop-in sessions in the town centre.
The next step is to collect feedback and data about people’s actual experiences of the changes. If something isn’t working or if the local community would like something changed, we can potentially do that before making more permanent decisions.
Feedback about these trials will also be incorporated into the masterplan for Pukekohe.