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Creating community-focused streets together

From April 2021, a series of temporary trials were rolled out in stages on King Street and Devon Lane in Pukekohe town centre.

This project focused on trialling a series of temporary activities to enhance the vibrancy of Pukekohe’s town centre. This included making it safer for people to walk around Pukekohe as well as creating space for outdoor dining and trialling the market in the town square.

These trials are part of the ‘Pukekohe Streets for People’ project – led by Panuku Development Auckland (Panuku) and Auckland Transport. The majority of the project is funded by Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency) through their Innovating Streets programme, which funds community-based initiatives to make streets safer and more liveable. The concepts were informed by a series of co-design sessions with a local stakeholder advisory group, local businesses and youth.

Feedback on the trial closed on 12 June 2021. More information on next steps is expected to be available in July and will be shared on this page. You can also up to project updates to stay updated.


The temporary trials

The temporary trials were focused on King Street and Devon Lane and were designed to bring safe streets and vibrant places to the heart of Pukekohe.

The trials were informed by feedback gathered in late 2020 and early 2021 through a local advisory group, business and youth workshops, and drop-in sessions.


King Street trial


King Street temporary upgrade – to be removed

Over the past weeks, we have received a huge amount feedback on the changes being trialled on King Street. Thank you to everyone who took the time to tell us what is working, what isn’t, and how we can make it better.

Panuku has listened to this feedback and in the coming weeks King Street will be reinstated as a two-way street.

Work to remove the one-way is planned to commence on Tuesday 8 June and is expected to take around one week to complete, weather dependent. Work will take place at night.

Some road paint will stay in place. This could be used to widen the footpath for events or pop-up outdoor dining occasions in the summer months. In the interim, the painted parts of the road can be used for parking.

Panuku will also work with the Pukekohe Business Association on other ways to increase the vibrancy and attractiveness of lower King Street.

More on the removal of the King Street trial


Devon Lane shared space (indicative image)


Devon Lane temporary upgrade – feedback now closed


During the trial, Devon Lane has become a shared space, creating more room for people to walk safely, while improving road safety for drivers. This means that Devon Lane is temporarily one-way. Entry is available from Edinburgh Street and exit via Queen Street.

These changes make it easier for people to park in the Farmers carpark and walk to the town centre. Should the trial be a success, a long-term road art design can be developed in partnership with the community.

Feedback on the trial is now closed. More information on the next steps for Devon Lane is expected to be available in July.


Market and event trials – complete

The Franklin Market relocated to the Pukekohe Town Square for five Saturdays in May. Three different potential market layouts were trialled during that time, including holding the market on King Street during the Veggie Basket festival.

The data from these trials is being assessed and an update will be available on this page in July.


Trial approach

We are taking a ‘trial’ approach which means we will test and tweak ideas to see how well they work. The trial started in April 2021 and the projects were installed in stages, starting in King St and moving on to Devon Lane.

Throughout the trial, we’ve listen to feedback from the Pukekohe community and make adjustments based on what they tell us. We have also surveyed people and monitored things like traffic flow and numbers of people walking as part of the trial.

The long-term future of these projects is being assessed from the end of June. If the Pukekohe community is happy with these changes, we’ll keep them.

Questions and answers about the trial


Installation process (images are reference only)



  1. Test layout: Temporary, affordable items will be installed to test the layout.
  2. Interim installation: Once the layout is installed, semi-permanent items will be installed. These could be in place on a short-term basis or for up to two years.
  3. Permanent installation: If the Pukekohe community is happy with these changes, we'll install a long-term solution (e.g. extend pavements along King Street, pocket parks etc.).


Iterations made to date

We’ve listened to ongoing feedback from the community. As of Monday 10 May 2021, the following tweaks have been made to the trial:

King Street

  • We’ve removed some of the low blocks and replaced them with taller planters or ‘hit sticks’ to make the space safer and more attractive. Other low blocks have been moved so bigger vehicles can get around them easier
  • The outdoor dining areas have been made more appealing with new planting, tables, chairs and umbrellas


Devon Lane

  • We’ve moved some low blocks so bigger vehicles can get around them easier, and to improve access to surrounding properties
  • There’s a new street graphic to encourage people to drive slower and prioritise pedestrians
  • More signage has been added to let people know about the changes

Due to feedback and our observations, further changes were made to the Devon Lane layout in early June. These changes included:

  • Making larger vehicle access easier by reducing the number of concrete blocks.
  • Retaining some physical obstructions to provide areas where people walking along the lane are separated from traffic moving along the lane.
  • Improving safety at the zebra crossing by Muffin Break by placing some blocks and planters to narrow the lane at this point.
  • Encouraging slower speeds by increasing the number of speed humps.
  • Improving visibility by removing the large fruit boxes.
  • Increasing visibility of the concrete blocks for drivers.
  • Making changes to the Queen Street end of Devon lane to encourage a single lane exit.
  • Highlighting the one-way direction by adding some new road markings.
  • Improving vehicle access to the Farmers car park by removing some of the blocks near the entrance.


Pukekohe Farmers Market

  • We’ve created better access to properties and parking areas
  • The electricity generator was moved because it was disrupting a local business
  • More signage has been added to let people know about the changes


Involving the local community


The Pukekohe Streets for People project has been working with and in the local Pukekohe community from late 2020.

The initial plans were developed through a series of co-design sessions with a local advisory panel held in late 2020 and early 2021. This panel includes representatives from Pukekohe Business Association, local organisations such as Toimauri Collective, the Franklin Markets, Vakatautua and various Auckland Council departments (Franklin Arts Centre, Panuku, the Franklin Local Board and Community Empowerment).

There were also co-design sessions with local businesses, a workshop with youth, and drop-in sessions in the town centre. The feedback gathered from these workshops have informed the Pukekohe Streets for People plans.

The next step is to see how these ideas work in practice – and listen to the people who use these places to find out what’s working and what isn’t. Feedback was open until 12 June 2021. This is now being assessed and more information on next steps will be available on this page from early July.

We are still interested in working with Pukekohe residents to understand what you want for your town centre in the future.

Please sign up to the updates on the right-hand side of the page to stay informed of future opportunities to tell us what you think.

Creating community-focused streets together

From April 2021, a series of temporary trials were rolled out in stages on King Street and Devon Lane in Pukekohe town centre.

This project focused on trialling a series of temporary activities to enhance the vibrancy of Pukekohe’s town centre. This included making it safer for people to walk around Pukekohe as well as creating space for outdoor dining and trialling the market in the town square.

These trials are part of the ‘Pukekohe Streets for People’ project – led by Panuku Development Auckland (Panuku) and Auckland Transport. The majority of the project is funded by Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency) through their Innovating Streets programme, which funds community-based initiatives to make streets safer and more liveable. The concepts were informed by a series of co-design sessions with a local stakeholder advisory group, local businesses and youth.

Feedback on the trial closed on 12 June 2021. More information on next steps is expected to be available in July and will be shared on this page. You can also up to project updates to stay updated.


The temporary trials

The temporary trials were focused on King Street and Devon Lane and were designed to bring safe streets and vibrant places to the heart of Pukekohe.

The trials were informed by feedback gathered in late 2020 and early 2021 through a local advisory group, business and youth workshops, and drop-in sessions.


King Street trial


King Street temporary upgrade – to be removed

Over the past weeks, we have received a huge amount feedback on the changes being trialled on King Street. Thank you to everyone who took the time to tell us what is working, what isn’t, and how we can make it better.

Panuku has listened to this feedback and in the coming weeks King Street will be reinstated as a two-way street.

Work to remove the one-way is planned to commence on Tuesday 8 June and is expected to take around one week to complete, weather dependent. Work will take place at night.

Some road paint will stay in place. This could be used to widen the footpath for events or pop-up outdoor dining occasions in the summer months. In the interim, the painted parts of the road can be used for parking.

Panuku will also work with the Pukekohe Business Association on other ways to increase the vibrancy and attractiveness of lower King Street.

More on the removal of the King Street trial


Devon Lane shared space (indicative image)


Devon Lane temporary upgrade – feedback now closed


During the trial, Devon Lane has become a shared space, creating more room for people to walk safely, while improving road safety for drivers. This means that Devon Lane is temporarily one-way. Entry is available from Edinburgh Street and exit via Queen Street.

These changes make it easier for people to park in the Farmers carpark and walk to the town centre. Should the trial be a success, a long-term road art design can be developed in partnership with the community.

Feedback on the trial is now closed. More information on the next steps for Devon Lane is expected to be available in July.


Market and event trials – complete

The Franklin Market relocated to the Pukekohe Town Square for five Saturdays in May. Three different potential market layouts were trialled during that time, including holding the market on King Street during the Veggie Basket festival.

The data from these trials is being assessed and an update will be available on this page in July.


Trial approach

We are taking a ‘trial’ approach which means we will test and tweak ideas to see how well they work. The trial started in April 2021 and the projects were installed in stages, starting in King St and moving on to Devon Lane.

Throughout the trial, we’ve listen to feedback from the Pukekohe community and make adjustments based on what they tell us. We have also surveyed people and monitored things like traffic flow and numbers of people walking as part of the trial.

The long-term future of these projects is being assessed from the end of June. If the Pukekohe community is happy with these changes, we’ll keep them.

Questions and answers about the trial


Installation process (images are reference only)



  1. Test layout: Temporary, affordable items will be installed to test the layout.
  2. Interim installation: Once the layout is installed, semi-permanent items will be installed. These could be in place on a short-term basis or for up to two years.
  3. Permanent installation: If the Pukekohe community is happy with these changes, we'll install a long-term solution (e.g. extend pavements along King Street, pocket parks etc.).


Iterations made to date

We’ve listened to ongoing feedback from the community. As of Monday 10 May 2021, the following tweaks have been made to the trial:

King Street

  • We’ve removed some of the low blocks and replaced them with taller planters or ‘hit sticks’ to make the space safer and more attractive. Other low blocks have been moved so bigger vehicles can get around them easier
  • The outdoor dining areas have been made more appealing with new planting, tables, chairs and umbrellas


Devon Lane

  • We’ve moved some low blocks so bigger vehicles can get around them easier, and to improve access to surrounding properties
  • There’s a new street graphic to encourage people to drive slower and prioritise pedestrians
  • More signage has been added to let people know about the changes

Due to feedback and our observations, further changes were made to the Devon Lane layout in early June. These changes included:

  • Making larger vehicle access easier by reducing the number of concrete blocks.
  • Retaining some physical obstructions to provide areas where people walking along the lane are separated from traffic moving along the lane.
  • Improving safety at the zebra crossing by Muffin Break by placing some blocks and planters to narrow the lane at this point.
  • Encouraging slower speeds by increasing the number of speed humps.
  • Improving visibility by removing the large fruit boxes.
  • Increasing visibility of the concrete blocks for drivers.
  • Making changes to the Queen Street end of Devon lane to encourage a single lane exit.
  • Highlighting the one-way direction by adding some new road markings.
  • Improving vehicle access to the Farmers car park by removing some of the blocks near the entrance.


Pukekohe Farmers Market

  • We’ve created better access to properties and parking areas
  • The electricity generator was moved because it was disrupting a local business
  • More signage has been added to let people know about the changes


Involving the local community


The Pukekohe Streets for People project has been working with and in the local Pukekohe community from late 2020.

The initial plans were developed through a series of co-design sessions with a local advisory panel held in late 2020 and early 2021. This panel includes representatives from Pukekohe Business Association, local organisations such as Toimauri Collective, the Franklin Markets, Vakatautua and various Auckland Council departments (Franklin Arts Centre, Panuku, the Franklin Local Board and Community Empowerment).

There were also co-design sessions with local businesses, a workshop with youth, and drop-in sessions in the town centre. The feedback gathered from these workshops have informed the Pukekohe Streets for People plans.

The next step is to see how these ideas work in practice – and listen to the people who use these places to find out what’s working and what isn’t. Feedback was open until 12 June 2021. This is now being assessed and more information on next steps will be available on this page from early July.

We are still interested in working with Pukekohe residents to understand what you want for your town centre in the future.

Please sign up to the updates on the right-hand side of the page to stay informed of future opportunities to tell us what you think.

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