A Vision for Tāmaki
Tāmaki is set to become an even more awesome place to live over the next 25 years.
A new masterplan for the area has been developed by Tāmaki Regeneration Company (TRC) and covers everything from new neighbourhood developments to improving transport options, town centres, parks and reserves, education, health and wellbeing. TRC regeneration and placemaking general manager Joanna Brain says there’s already a strong sense of community in Tāmaki and the aim is to grow that even further.
“The focus is firmly centred on creating communities and neighbourhoods, rather than just building houses. The masterplan builds on Tāmaki’s strong foundation and aims to deliver several strategies that will build social, economic and housing opportunities in the area.” Joanna says the community has played a huge part in bringing the plan to life through their knowledge of what it’s like to live in Tāmaki, providing valuable feedback over the years. “I want to thank the Tāmaki community and our other partners for their hard work and support. We’re shaping Tāmaki together.”
Working with the community, government agencies like Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities (formerly HLC), Auckland Council and Auckland Transport will create greater opportunities for everyone in Tāmaki to live, play and grow. “There’s plenty of hard work ahead, and we know there will be challenges, but by working together, we can be successful in bringing this plan to life,” Joanna says.
So far most of TRC’s neighbourhood developments have been delivered in Glen Innes, with planning underway in Pt England and northern Panmure for the next projects. Joanna says new housing will provide a mix of standalone, terraced houses and apartments that will meet the needs of Tāmaki’s growing population. “Our innovative home ownership options, like the shared ownership programme, make living in Tāmaki more accessible, giving new and existing residents, including state housing tenants, the opportunity to buy their own home.”
COMMUNITY SPACES AND TRANSPORT
Along with creating warm, dry, energy-efficient houses for people to live in, TRC is also putting plenty of attention into improving facilities and services available in Tāmaki.
Upgrades to both major town centres in Tāmaki are being planned, with public transport playing an important role in getting people where they need to go, Joanna says.
An upgraded Glen Innes Transport Hub is planned, providing improved train and bus connections to the town centre and will complement the new transport hub at Panmure.
The public space around the Glen Innes Library and Te Oro Music and Arts Centre is set to be revitalised, with better links to Maybury Reserve and a new site for Ruapotaka Marae.
Plans for Panmure town centre include a community hub with civic space in the heart of the town centre where people can access the library and community centre.
And the Tāmaki Loop – an extension of the Pt England Walkway - will offer a shared10km pedestrian and cycle route, linking Panmure to Glen Innes. “These changes will make the heart of our communities very attractive for shopping locally and make it easier for residents to get to the places they want to go,” Joanna says.
“Creating vibrant open spaces and enhancing our natural environments by restoring waterways, creating a network of boardwalks and upgrading lighting and pathways is essential to the overall plan.”
EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND HEALTH
With a growing population comes the need for Tāmaki’s young people to get the best start in life.
That’s why TRC is working with the Ministry of Education and Tāmaki’s 11 schools and many early childhood centres to deliver a plan for local education, which supports youth on the path to a bright future, Joanna says.
These efforts build on training and education opportunities which are available through the Tāmaki Jobs & Skills Hub, which has also placed more than 600 people into work over the last seven years.
It’s also essential to keep the growing population healthy, so to help with that, TRC is creating easier access to health facilities, strengthening Tāmaki’s spiritual connection to the landscape and building warm, dry homes.
“Achieving better outcomes in education, employment and health, will improve the general wellbeing of our community over time,” says Joanna.