Remembering, and reimagining Northcote town centre
18 April 2023
- Urban regeneration
For long-time local resident David Rankin, growing up in Northcote in the 1960s was a time of fond memories, many shaped by his frequent visits to the town centre.
Here, David reflects on the successful town centre from his youth, providing an insight into the “loss of vitality around retail” in the decades since, while outlining a vision for the future that will “maximise Northcote’s potential for more people, homes and businesses.”
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Opening four years after the Rankin's moved into town in 1963, the popular furniture store provided the people of Northcote, and beyond, with all their home furnishing needs and was part of a retail destination to be proud of. It arrived with an influx of new retailers when development began on a central shopping centre for the up-and-coming North Shore, after the land was purchased by Northcote Borough Council in the late 1950s.
“Although there has always been an interested and engaged local community in Northcote, what we have seen is that the town centre has very much been left as a creature of previous decades.”DAVID RANKIN
Northcote Town Centre
The town centre site is due to go on the market in the second half of 2023 and its development will be guided by an important agreement with the chosen development partner. The aim is to create a thriving town centre for those who live, work and play in Northcote.
Further community engagement will take place this year as Eke Panuku and Auckland Council work through the design stages of the new community hub. This will be a focal point of the new-look town centre that will evolve over the years, just as a living, thriving town centre should.