Turn a vacant site in Tāmaki into a hub of activity!

5 APR, 2021 | Tāmaki News

We’re looking to fund local people, organisations or community groups to take on a kaimanaaki role and shape four of TRC’s vacant sites into temporary spaces where the community can come to connect. Maybe you’d like to run a community garden, or create a space for children to play and learn.

We want to hear your ideas about what you’d do if you had the chance to turn one of TRC’s vacant sites into a hub of activity.

We’re interested in projects that will support wellbeing for the community and for the environment, that incorporate arts, creativity and cultural traditions, and that celebrate the vibrant, diverse cultures of Tāmaki.

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Gardens or farms
  • Culturally inspired play spaces
  • Raranga (weaving) or carving spaces
  • Art installations
  • Pop-up space for children to play and learn

We currently have four empty sites that will be available for one year. The sites located in Tāmaki at:

  • 8 Hay Road (583 sqm)
  • 6 Bagnall Ave (842 sqm)
  • 48 Point England Road (416 sqm)
  • 52 Point England Road (431 sqm)

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TRC will fund successful applicants and provide on-going support, mentors, and networking opportunities. There are grants available for up to $30,000 per project.

Want to talk with someone first? We would love to hear from you. We are happy to help you fill in the application or to answer any questions. If you have an idea and a plan, we want to hear about it! Please do not hesitate to get in touch via email shapetamaki@tamakiregeneration.co.nz or phone 09 521 5221 or freephone 0800 521 555 

Hard copies of the application will also be available at TRC’s Glen Innes and Panmure offices.


The fine print:

  • Projects should create a public space that is accessible and safe. Activities for your own community or group are perfectly fine, but you should also make sure that people from across Tāmaki and visitors to Tāmaki feel welcome and included.

  • Anything you build will need to be temporary or moveable. Because these sites are part of the wider development programme, they will have a different purpose in the future. But through this project, we are hoping to learn about what is needed in Tāmaki long-term. So, your short-term project will be helping to shape the community’s future. 

All applicants must:

  • Have a connection to the Tāmaki community, ideally living in the area.
  • Be able to identify positive outcomes that will occur because of the proposed project. We are looking for positive outcomes for the community and the environment, delivered through projects that are creative and/or culturally relevant.

The application process:

  • Proposals will be scored based on the answers to the application questions. The online application form includes the total points available per question.
  • We will contact short-listed applicants for additional details. Responses will be further scored to make our selection.
  • Results will be announced in June 2021.
  • Selected projects may begin from July 2021, once agreements for use of the site and funding have been signed.

Please be advised:

  • We will award funding and use of the sites if we are satisfied that the proposed uses will fulfil our strategic outcomes. We will allocate funds between projects and sites to best support our strategic outcomes. We may choose not to allocate all available funds and/or we may choose not to allocate use of all four sites, at our sole discretion.
  • We reserve the right to seek proposals from other parties in addition to those who respond to this invitation. Any other proposals will be scored according to the same criteria detailed above.

Any information provided to TRC will become subject to the Official Information Act 1982 and may be released by TRC under that Act unless a withholding ground under that Act Applies. Any applicant should state in their application if the whole or any part of the application is to be kept confidential.

For more information, or to request an application form, please contact:
Amy Lole-Taylor, Programme Coordinator, Regeneration & Placemaking
09 521 5221  or freephone 0800 521 555