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Concept design for the proposed water feature in the redesigned Takapuna town square on Auckland’s North Shore

New concept design endorsed for Takapuna town square

Locals from Takapuna, on Auckland’s North Shore, can now visualise how their future town square will look after the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board endorsed the concept design in mid-May. Now, people are being asked for their feedback to help refine the details of the design.


The design of the town square has been undertaken by Isthmus Group in partnership with mana whenua appointed representatives Angell and Vern Rosier. The design references the underground springs flowing from Lake Pupuke to Takapuna Beach and builds upon the meaning of Takapuna – ‘taka’, meaning to collect, gather, assemble, and ‘puna’, meaning spring, water, life. Each entrance acts as a wananga/gallery and references its closest water body – the Waitemata Harbour, Lake Pupuke and the Hauraki Gulf.

The space has been designed to accommodate a range of events and activities, including concerts and a regular market. The design includes places for people to sit and play in the sun or shade, with a proposed water feature and outdoor dining area. A potential location for the Anzac Memorial has also been identified in the plan.

The Devonport-Takapuna Local Board says that in the future, the town square will be a place where people can come together to meet and relax, children can play, and celebrations can be held. The design is the result of local feedback and expert masterplanning which will give Takapuna a new heart.

A great idea coming to life

Panuku Development Auckland is leading the urban regeneration in Takapuna, on behalf of Auckland Council, through a few key sites. The vision is to make the most of Takapuna’s unique sea and lakeside location, and create a safe, accessible and vibrant town centre oriented around pedestrians and cyclists.

Through June and July, Panuku in collaboration with the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board will undertake a public engagement process to seek views on whether the design meets the objectives that were identified through previous community engagement during 2017 and 2018. Feedback will be sought through a mix of targeted stakeholder sessions and direct communications, as well as opportunities for the wider community to provide input.

Following this, the plan will move into the final detailed design phase, with a target construction start date of early to mid-2021.

Chris Darby, North Shore Ward councillor and planning committee chair, says the design is the realisation of a great idea coming to life after a decade of careful planning. “Takapuna is a stunning location and well deserves this beautiful and inviting concept design, which has been so sensitively crafted by the landscape architects. It retains the promised market life and provides a much-needed social anchor to Takapuna.

“Along with the transformation of Hurstmere Road, we are on track to see a reinvigorated Takapuna that is better equipped to cater for current and future residents, visitors and businesses.”

Adrienne Young-Cooper, chair of Panuku and Auckland Transport, is looking forward to hearing further feedback on the concepts from the community. “In these very challenging times for town centres around Auckland, it is great the local board and local community have a project that we hope will drive confidence in and improve the attractiveness of this lovely part of our city.”

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