Stadium Reserve upgrade

26 June 2023 - TBC

  • Old Papatoetoe
  • In Progress

Old Papatoetoe's town centre is getting a new lease on life with improved amenities on the way

Identified as a priority, the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board has approved a concept design for an upgrade of Stadium Reserve in Papatoetoe.

The upgrade of Stadium Reserve forms part of the Eke Panuku-led Unlock Old Papatoetoe regeneration programme, which began in 2016.

The area is being revitalised with new homes, better facilities and better transport connections to improve safety and accessibility, support local businesses, and to make it easier to get around.

“Auckland is growing, and Papatoetoe is no different, with people recognising its advantages...”

Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board chair
Apulu Reece Autagavaia

Approved by the board in March 2022, the Old Papatoetoe Masterplan reflects the community feedback Eke Panuku collected during public consultation in 2021, and includes the upgrade of Stadium Reserve.

The concept design for the upgrade can be seen below:

At the moment, Stadium Reserve provides limited opportunities for recreation, is poorly configured and has low visitor numbers. The revitalisation aims to create a safe, attractive residential area and civic space that meets the needs of a growing population.

Upgrade aims

  • Provide new facilities, including an all ages and abilities ‘suburb scale’ playground
  • BBQ and social gathering spaces, review existing vehicle access and parking
  • Provide facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, encourage active transport to allow for easy navigation at the reserve and connect Old Papatoetoe to Puhinui Station
  • Retain significant trees and add more trees and shrubs
  • Increase amenity for current and future communities
  • Boost passive surveillance and safety
  • Improve stormwater management during flooding
  • Retain a public recreation space with a green canopy for future generations
  • Engage mana whenua to provide cultural interpretation through the detail of the reserve and play features.


Next steps?

We will proceed with developed design and consenting, with continued engagement with the local board as the project progresses.

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