Waiapu Precinct

Early 2024

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Creating future connections in Onehunga.

Eke Panuku is leading this project to support the growing population, local businesses and ensure a thriving town centre. Have Your Say.

240125 South Playspace

On 28 November 2023 the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board endorsed the Onehunga Waiapu Precinct public realm concept design for community consultation.  The purpose of this consultation is to enable the Onehunga community to provide their views on whether the concept design meets the community’s vision for this part of Onehunga’s town centre. 

Eke Panuku is investing in Onehunga’s future by leading this project to support the growing population, local businesses and ensure a thriving town centre.

Eke Panuku has developed the proposed design, seeking to balance:

  • what the community has already said through consultation in early 2020, in particular - the need for improved safety, better connectivity around the town centre, more green space, parking, quality housing and buildings and an improved supermarket
  • responses to commercial investment intentions in the town centre, e.g. the extension to Dress Smart and negotiations for a new anchor retailer with its own on-site parking
  • the desire for greater visual celebration of mana whenua kōrero and history in Onehunga
  • retaining, enhancing and extending the greenspace and ecology within the precinct, to build on the existing planting
  • the need for a “family play space” in the Onehunga Town Centre
  • the desire to stimulate further private sector investment in Onehunga
  • the strategic need to increase housing supply, close to public transport, in Tamaki Makaurau

The Project

Waiapu is a key precinct in the centre of Onehunga’s town centre. Integrated with the Te Pumanawa o Onehunga precinct immediately to the south and the Dress Smart precinct to the east, the Waiapu Precinct will be transformed to provide a more inviting and walking-friendly town centre for Onehunga.  Currently the precinct contains a mix of commercial buildings, a commercial mini-golf facility and St Peters Anglican Church, but is heavily dominated by carparks.

The proposed Waiapu Precinct public realm design is being released to provide a further opportunity for feedback from the community on proposals for:

  • the design of over a hectare of new public space (1.014 hectares)
  • a new 530sqm family play space catering for all ages, abilities and preferences
  • a new sheltered pavilion
  • planting to complement existing trees, offering adequate shade in summer and visual “softening” of the space
  • improved east-west walking connections between Waiapu Precinct, Onehunga Mall and Paynes Lane through to Dress Smart
  • improved north south walking connections from Onehunga Primary School to the Onehunga Library
  • changes to car parking over time
  • improved sense of place through incorporating Onehunga’s key features and history

How to have Your Say

 A public consultation will be held from 12 February to 10 March 2024.

In partnership with mana whenua and with the support of the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board we’re seeking views and feedback on the proposed design for the public spaces. To find out more info and Have Your Say:

Attend an information drop-in session on:

  • Saturday 17 February 2024, 10.30am-12.30pm, Onehunga Library, 85 Church St, Onehunga. Register your interest here.
  • Saturday 24 February 2024, 10.00am-12.00pm, Dress Smart, 151 Arthur Street, Onehunga. Register your interest here.

At the end of the consultation we will consider all the feedback and create a design for approval by the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board by 30 June 2024.

Key timeline

Onehunga High-Level Project Plan

March 2017

Identifying Waiapu Precinct as a key area for development approved by Auckland Council Planning Committee

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