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24 November 2021

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Sustainable Procurement for Tāmaki Makaurau

Barrowcliffe Pond Shared Path and Wiri Stream Reserve Playground


Exceeding our target for direct spend with Māori and Pasifika-owned business and social enterprises, this is an example of how sustainable procurement can maximise both value and social, environmental, and cultural benefits to a community.

The aim of the Auckland Council Group’s Sustainable Procurement Framework is to generate positive outcomes and improve quality of life, both now and for future generations. In south and west Auckland, Eke Panuku have a target to increase our direct spend with Māori-owned businesses, Pasifika-owned business and social enterprises to 10%.

To ensure local money and expertise stays within the community, Eke Panuku searched for an organisation who could provide planting and maintenance for two of our major projects in Manukau, the Barrowcliffe Pond Shared Path and the Wiri Stream Reserve Playground.

A sustainable procurement process awarded this contract to Te Whāngai Trust.

Te Whāngai Trust is a registered charity established to create a sustainable ecological, social and educational enterprise that supports, trains and advocates for people who find it challenging to enter the labour market.

Barrowcliffe Pond Shared Path

The Barrowcliffe Pond Shared Path delivered a shared path connecting Wiri Station Rd to Tuaiwi St. This project delivered a 3m wide 290m concrete shared path, which also serves as service road for pond maintenance. Planting filters the air and waterways that surrounds impervious structures. It provides natural habitats for insects and animals, and connect communities to nature and whenua.

Te Whāngai Trust were awarded 14% of total physical works spend on this project.

Wiri Stream Reserve Playground

The Wiri Stream Reserve Playground (by Trevor Hosken Road) allows tamariki (children) to enjoy nature-oriented play next to Puhinui Stream. In partnership with Mana Whenua and the Manurewa Local Board and incorporating co-design elements from the Wiri Central School students, the playground boasts traditional māra hūpara designs by Māori play specialist Harko Brown.

Te Whāngai Trust were awarded 15% of total physical works spend on this project.