Waiwharariki Anzac Square
01 March 2018 - 31 August 2023
A new square for Takapuna.
Waiwharariki Anzac Square is part of our programme of urban regeneration in Takapuna.
Waiwharariki square completed
The creation of Waiwharariki Anzac Square allows for a space that offers improved connection through the heart of Takapuna to the beach and provides a centrally located civic space for the community that is available for a variety of uses all-year round, including as a place to gather, markets, festivals, and community events.
Future development surrounding the town square will include a mix of shops, businesses and homes.
These developments are part of the urban regeneration of Takapuna, led by Eke Panuku Development Auckland on behalf of Auckland Council. Our goals are to revitalise the town centre, improve public spaces, create better connections to the beach and support more options for urban living and public transport, to bring about a great future for Takapuna.
Designed with the future in mind
Waiwharariki Anzac Square is part of the Unlock Takapuna programme which has a Green Star –Communities rating. The independent rating was awarded by the New Zealand Green Building Council for exceptional masterplanning. By obtaining Green Star ratings, we’re future-proofing Takapuna, planning for climate change and building community resilience. In Waiwharariki Anzac Square, features such as filters to treat stormwater runoff at the source, sustainable timber and low-carbon concrete will ensure this development delivers a sustainable public space for the community.
The gift of a name
Mana whenua gifted the name Waiwharariki to the square. Waiwharariki is the mana whenua place name for the area now known as Takapuna, the beach, and town centre.
In the mid-1800s, Waiwharariki was the name used for the settlement at the Shoal Bay headland within Takapuna. The name acknowledges the significant coastal flax wharariki that was commonly found throughout the coastal rocks and waters endemic to that area. The wharariki plant was favoured and frequently used by Māori weavers to make tools including kete and sleeping mats.
The name also respects a specific settlement that was established for Ngāti Pāoa. In 1849, following the death of Ngāti Pāoa chieftainess Rīria Takarangi, Governor Grey gifted Māori leader Patuone a life interest in 110 acres at Waiwharariki (Takapuna Beach).
Waiwharariki: The roots of Takapuna
Waiwharariki is a name gifted to Takapuna’s new town square. This video explains the meaning behind the name.
Engagement and public consultation
August 2017: Engagement and public consultation was undertaken around the future of 40 Anzac Street.
Change of use granted
A ‘change of use’ for 40 Anzac Street was granted, meaning the site could be used for purposes other than car parking.
Engagement was undertaken on the shape, location and size of the town square at 40 Anzac Street.
Further consultation and an independent survey were undertaken to determine the location of the town square.
38 Hurstmere becomes a public space
February 2019A building at 38 Hurstmere Road was demolished to make way for the new town square and development. It was turned into a temporary public space.
Council committee approve the area for new public space
The council committee approved the area of land in central Takapuna to be reclassified for new public open space.
Concept plan approved
The concept plan for the town square was endorsed by the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board.
Town square design consultation
Consultation and engagement undertaken on the concept design for the town square.
Resource consent granted
December 2021The resource consent is granted for the town square.
Town square receives a name
Mana whenua gifted the name Waiwharariki to the square.
Car park closes for construction
40 Anzac car park partly closes for construction of the town square.
Site blessing and construction begins
January 2022Mana whenua led a ceremony with partners to commence construction of Waiwharariki Anzac Square.
Stage one opening of Waiwharariki Anzac Square
Partial opening of a section of Takapuna’s new public space in time for summer.
Stage two opening of Waiwharariki Anzac Square
Waiwharariki Anzac Square is open to the public.
Other projects in Takapuna
- In Progress
- Undergoing Construction
15/10/2021 - 31/03/2024
- Undergoing Construction
15/04/2017 - 15/12/2020
- In Progress