Eke Panuku—a public development organization in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa (Auckland, New Zealand)—recently announced the selection of a design team for Te Ara Tukutuku (Wynyard Point), a 25-acre site along the city’s waterfront. Once a hazardous chemical storage facility, the vision for the site reimagines it as a waterfront park and mixed-use development interweaving the region’s Māori identity in all aspects of the space.
Toi Waihanga, the winning team, was awarded the contract out of nine submitters and is comprised of LandLAB, Warren and Mahoney, Mott MacDonald (supported by DONE), Stellar Projects, BECA, Fresh Concept, and SCAPE, which is supporting the team as a design partner.
“Toi Waihanga represents our collective of ‘creatives’ bringing our own expertise, experiences and passion that alongside mana whenua and Eke Panuku will support Te Ara Tukutuku to thrive through deep engagement, meaningful wānanga (tribal knowledge) and regeneration. A process of listening, enabling, co-design and delivery that enables Te Ara Tukutuku to breathe and thrive,” said Henry Crothers, Design Director at LandLAB, on behalf of the team.
“This exceptional plan has been created through the successful partnership of the various mana whenua of Tāmaki Makaurau and the Eke Panuku team,” said Paul Majurey, Eke Panuku Board Chair. “This intergenerational mahi will guide the transformation of Wynyard Point—into a place where people experience the value of manaakitanga, cherish the moana, watch fleets of waka and boats, feel the grass water under their feet and enjoy the spaces and mara hupara (playground) with whānau.”
“We’re so honored to be part of this open, inspiring design process to create a park that begins to heal and connect us back to water,” said Founding Principal Kate Orff. “Te Ara Tukutuku is a metaphor that binds land and sea. The collaborative work process we’re engaged with now goes further and is ultimately connecting us to each other—mana whenua is really setting a broader framework of holistic connection in which we can all design together the future we want.”
Image courtesy Eke Panuku.