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Innovating Streets for people projects

Around 72 tactical urbanism projects that make streets more people-friendly will be delivered across the country before June 2021.

In June 2020, it was announced that Round 1 of the Innovating Streets for People pilot fund would support 40 projects. In August 2020, it was announced that Round 2 would support a further 32 projects.

Through the Innovating Streets for People pilot fund Waka Kotahi will support these projects to be developed, installed and adapted in a range of towns and cities. Each project will be designed in partnership with local communities to make streets safer with more space for people, and will test layouts, materials and designs to inform permanent upgrades.

The projects include neighbourhood-wide interventions designed to reduce traffic and create more appealing environments for adults and children to walk, cycle and play; intersection repairs that improve safety outcomes and make it easier for people to cross; improve the vibrancy of business districts.

Projects will be added here once they have been announced to the local communities.

Projects funded in round 2

  • Northland

    Far North

    Three Innovating Streets projects in the far north were given the green light, helping to create people-focused areas in Kawakawa, Moerewa and Kaikohe.

    The Kawakawa Safety and Streetscape Improvement Project will trial four key initiatives contained in Kawakawa’s Twin Coast Discovery Highway Township Plan and aims to actively respond to increasing growth and safety challenges. Moerewa Safer Streets will fast-track and trial better ways to connect Moerewa with Otiria Road, reduce traffic speeds and provide safe access to schools, marae and community facilities. The Tai Tokerau Kaikohe Safe Streets project will see the council co-design and trial temporary solutions in one of five key Kaikohe locations.

    Far North project details(external link)

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  • Auckland


    Safer and more people-friendly streets are coming to Auckland with 13 Auckland Council group projects being confirmed for funding. The successful projects range from making it safer for kids in Māngere to get to school, creating new pedestrian space and cycleways in the city centre, creating low-traffic neighbourhoods in Onehunga and Papatoetoe, and creating more space for fun on Ponsonby Road.

    Auckland project details(external link)

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  • Waikato


    Matamata-Piako District Council is creating two Business Bubble Zones in Thames Street Morrinsville. Initially p

    lanned to help temporarily create more room for people to stand or sit along Thames Street while COVID-19 restrictions were in place, the zones will help create vibrant, interesting spaces in the CBD, which can help attract people to town, or get them to stay in town longer. While temporary, they also provide a great opportunity to help the council plan a future upgrade of the Morrinsville main street.

    Matamata-Piako project details(external link)

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  • Bay of Plenty


    Two projects have been funded. The Wairaka/Muriwai Neighbourhood Greenway project will work towards creating a people-focused neighbourhood, promoting active modes of transport and supporting safer traffic speeds through the area, while enabling better connections between the Whakatāne River and the Wairaka/Muriwai area. The Transforming Kopeopeo project aims to allow the community to reimagine how the commercial section of King Street in Kopeopeo could function in the future.

    Whakatane project details(external link)

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  • Whanganui/Manawatū


    The project will co-design a space that suits the people who live and work in lower Victoria Avenue, having a flow-on effect of giving the whole central business district a boost in the wake of COVID-19. As Whanganui’s primary dining and nightlife location, lower Victoria Avenue is the ideal place for a hospitality and entertainment zone that both visitors and locals can enjoy.

    Whanganui project details(external link)

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  • Wellington


    Porirua City Council’s neighbourhood improvement project on Castor Crescent and surrounding streets has secured funding from Innovating Streets. This will give Council the opportunity to re-imagine local streets with the community, trial concepts and see what works well for future improvements.

    Porirua project details(external link)

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  • Canterbury


    Christchurch City Council will run a series of 12 Play Streets events around the city. Play Streets are designed to encourage kids to be active and creative while boosting social connections between neighbours. They work by temporarily closing one street to traffic and inviting the local community to get together so children of all ages can scoot, bike and play safely.

    Christchurch project details(external link)

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Projects funded in round 1

  • Northland


    The Innovating Streets fund will support Kaipara District Council in the next stage of the Wood Street Revitalisation project.

    Council has been collaborating with the Mangawhai Business Association and community to test layout and design to create a more people-friendly Wood Street. Council will continue to co-design with the Mangawhai community to further finetune a permanent solution.

    Kaipara project details(external link)


    This project will create a fresh new feeling to attract people back into Whangārei’s central retail area. It will improve the connection from the bus hub on Rose Street to Quality Street, which runs between Vine Street and Cameron Street. The project will provide a stronger visual link between the transport and shopping areas, and make Vine Street easier for pedestrians to cross.

    Whangārei project details(external link)

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  • Auckland

    Auckland projects details(external link)

    Queen Street

    Innovating Streets will support parts of the long-awaited Access for Everyone pilot on Auckland’s Queen Street, which will make downtown Auckland a more welcoming and attractive place for the thousands of people who live, work and shop there every day. It will also help people travel more quickly through the city by bus, on foot and by bike.

    Auckland’s Queen Street project details(external link)

    Ratanui Link, Henderson

    This proposal pilots a pop-up walking and cycling link and improved access to Henderson Train Station. This will be tested by reallocating some street space in Henderson's town centre to make more space for people, all designed through a collaborative process with local stakeholders and businesses. As well as improving walking and cycling safety, the project also aims to make it more enjoyable for people living close to the town centre.

    Huron and Northcroft streetscape improvements, Takapuna

    This proposal aims to work with local community to co-design a series of temporary interventions to support better walking connections through Takapuna, due for completion in October 2020. It will build directly on previous and current Panuku led tactical urbanism initiatives in Takapuna and will permit adjoining businesses to explore activating their street frontage, widening footpaths and providing safer crossings. The learnings will be used to inform a future permanent upgrade.

    Safe schools

    Safe School Streets Pilot: will use temporary tactical measures to trial co-designed safety improvements near school entrances to fully understand what’s needed before a permanent solution is delivered. This could include parking changes, new drop off and pick up zones, new pedestrian crossings, and speed calming measures.

    School speed reduction: will reduce the speed around several schools using co-designed tactical urbanism measures to reduce the risk of death and serious injury.

    School Streets road closure and rapid active mode shift programme: aims to get more children walking and cycling through community bike programmes, walking school buses, and temporary school street closures.

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  • Waikato


    Two central city projects are planned that use approaches such as biking and pedestrian improvements, shared zones, street furniture and ecological improvements, to reimagine these streets as places for people.

    This supports a growing movement towards encouraging different types of transport (multi-modal) and designing streets that prioritise people over vehicles. These programmes of work are part of Council’s broader strategic approach and goal of making Hamilton a 20-minute city, where people are well connected by a variety of safe and accessible transport options.

    Hamilton project details(external link)


    A revitalised town centre in Raglan is on the cards following investment from the Innovating Streets fund. Waikato District Council worked closely with Raglan Community Board and Raglan Naturally to submit a funding application as anecdotally it was known that the community had a history of wanting to create a space in town for the community to gather. Also, since lockdown, the community has been expressing more interest in opportunities to get out of vehicles to enjoy leisure time with whanau that allows for safe walking and biking.

    The project involves thinking around creating of shared spaces (pedestrian/cycling/vehicles) on Bow St and a town square concept in the vicinity of the Bow St/Cliff St/Wallis St intersection. The layout will then be installed in a semi-permanent manner with the fund allowing for creativity and an opportunity for community co-design.

    Raglan project details(external link)


    The Cambridge community, with support from Waipā District Council, wants to create safer routes to schools so more families can walk, bike and scoot to school. They plan to co-design treatments at crossing points and intersections that were identified by parents and children in 2018 as the highest priority areas. Using temporary treatments, they can quickly and cost-effectively test solutions and get more in-depth feedback and insight to improve the designs. This will give Council the confidence to invest in permanent safety treatments – and create a safer, healthier and more vibrant environment.

    Cambridge project details(external link)


    A project is in the very early planning stages to create a vibrant town centre hub on Mary Street in Thames for the community. It will also help to attract visitors, encourage investors, and help boost the economy.

    The improvements will initially be temporary, allowing businesses and the community to test the changes, see the impact they have on traffic movements through the CBD and get involved with any revisions to the street design – before any permanent changes take place. Improvements will include temporarily closing Mary Street between Pollen and Queen streets to the majority of vehicle traffic, providing clear, safe cycle connections from the Hauraki Rail Trail to the heart of Thames, positioning ‘destination’ cycle racks and a cycle tool station and collaborating with the Thames community on the use of the space for events and special occasions.

    Thames’s Mary Street project details(external link)

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  • Bay of Plenty


    Tauranga will be undertaking an innovative trial of temporary road and cycleway changes in Mount Maunganui.

    The initiative helps to deliver on Council’s goals of creating a vibrant city that is easy and safe to get around. The community will be able to test temporary changes to a highly-used cycling and pedestrian environment, not only to improve road safety, but to create spaces people will enjoy. Key features of the project will be to test a separated cruiseway along Marine Parade and Pilot Bay and improve safety and amenity at the Tay Street/Marine Parade intersection.

    Tauranga project details(external link)


    Whakatāne District Council will be investigating space activation options for Whakatāne. The council will be working with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, community and town centre businesses to co-design and activate space on Kakahoroa Drive, responding to the community's growing desire to create safe walking and cycling spaces, reflective of the safe-streets experience of COVID-19 lockdown.

    Whakatāne project details(external link)

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  • Hawke’s Bay


    The first stage of the Heretaunga Street East (200 block) project, referred to as Eastside Eat Street, gets underway on 29 June.

    Developed through public consultation last year, it will provide a stunning vibrant space for everyone to enjoy which includes shaded dining areas on widened footpaths, with outdoor furniture and planter boxes complementing the existing trees and gardens. As well as seating linked to eateries, there will be public tables for anyone to use.

    Innovating Streets will support Hastings District Council for Eastside Eat Street Stage Two. While the project will be co-designed with business owners, the concept aims to create a pedestrian-friendly experience, with overhead festoon lights and ability to close the street after hours for events.

    Hastings’s Heretaunga Street East project details(external link)


    Two Napier City Council projects will be funded by the Innovating Streets pilot fund.

    Improvements to the way West Quay operates will be co-designed with local landowners, Mana Whenua and Waka Kotahi to work out a solution that achieves a safe and enjoyable pedestrian and cyclist environment, and improves its overall look.

    A programme to install some clever interventions to encourage more school students to walk or bike to Napier Hill schools will be developed by working collaboratively with the schools.

    Napier project details(external link)

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  • Taranaki

    South Taranaki

    Two South Taranaki District Council street improvement projects that will support more vibrant spaces for community and businesses are being funded by Innovating Streets.

    Waverley and Eltham’s town centres were chosen for the projects which will test potential street treatments aimed at reducing issues identified in the Town Master Plans developed last year including speed of traffic, noise, safety, amenity and sense of place. Potential treatments will be tested and compared to see which are the most beneficial at reducing the identified issues and creating a ‘heart’ within each township.

    South Taranaki project details(external link)

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  • Whanganui/Manawatū


    An emerging arts and hospitality precinct in Drews Avenue, Whanganui will be given a boost through the Innovating Streets funding.  Through this project, Council will be revamping the streetscape, making it more welcoming and vibrant so it’s a place where pedestrians want to wander and enjoy the heritage and artistic community. A series of workshops will be run with the surrounding community to co-design and co-create the precinct.

    Whanganui project details(external link)

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  • Wellington

    Lower Hutt

    The funded projects include trialling a pathway on Knights Road in central Lower Hutt linking the public transport hub to the CBD and temporary changes to a section of Jackson Street Petone to make it more user friendly for people and further enhance the street appeal of Jackson Street as a shopping and dining destination.

    Council will work in partnership with Iwi, businesses, residents, schools, and people that use these spaces to co-design and roll-out these projects.

    Lower Hutt project details(external link)


    South Wairarapa District Council plan to engage their community to explore improving accessibility and social opportunities together, which could include the temporarily repurposing car parks in the Martinborough Square and part of Kitchener Street. Consultation with the community will inform the trial, which is essential to ensure street developments meet public needs.

    Wairarapa project details(external link)


    Wellington City Council will be piloting ways to improve safety and liveability faster and at a lower cost. Council will work with communities to pilot changes to streets and neighbourhoods that make them safer and create more space for people.

    • Placemaking Parklets in Newtown will trial incorporating more spaces for people in the city’s wider transport corridor and Te Aro, which is one of the inner city’s fastest growing residential neighbourhoods.
    • A cycle route in Wilson Street, Newtown will trial a safer connection for people cycling between Constable Street and Riddiford Street
    • Enhancement of the Miramar Peninsula on Massey Road will connect people to the coast
    • A safe cycling facility for people riding up Brooklyn Hill.

    Wellington project details(external link)

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  • Nelson/Marlborough/Tasman


    Nelson City Council’s City Centre Streets for People project has received a funding boost from Innovating Streets. The project is part of an investigation into how to improve pedestrian safety, visitor experience, consumer spending and activity in Nelson’s city centre. It offers three options to widen Trafalgar, Hardy and Bridge Streets in the central city using semi-permanent, removable and adaptable measures.

    Nelson project details(external link)


    Marlborough District Council will be improving Havelock Street in Renwick, focussing on the key intersections with Inkerman, Uxbridge and Alma Streets and State Highway 6, and the link along Uxbridge Street to the sports field and new Village Green.

    The programme builds on the Council’s Small Townships Programme and works on the principles of co-design with schools, businesses and local communities, which are integral to the overall success of the project.

    Renwick project details(external link)


    Innovating Streets recognises that many of us want to live in vibrant neighbourhoods, where we can easily get to work, and access shops and services. This funding is aimed at allowing councils to make quick progress towards this goal by testing and piloting projects with the community to get local insight and feedback in real time and assess their value. The following projects will be trialled in Tasman:

    • Croucher – D’Arcy Neighbourhood – trialling liveable streets treatments that slow traffic and improve walking and cycling safety in this area as it is ideally located as a link between the schools on Salisbury Road and the town centre
    • Golden Bay High School – a range of trial measures to address transportation safety issues identified around the school including improving walking connections to Takaka Township, increasing cycle storage, traffic calming around the school and improving mobility impaired access

    Tasman project details(external link)

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  • Canterbury


    Four proposed Christchurch projects aimed at making it easier and safer for people to move around and access community spaces will be trialled.

    • Ferry Road Cycle Connection: This project involves trialling a temporary cycle connection along Ferry Road between Fitzgerald Avenue and St Asaph Street, connecting the Heathcote Expressway major cycle route to the central city.
    • St Albans School Safety Improvements: This project involves closing off Sheppard Place, on a trial basis, to vehicles on school days at drop-off and pick-up times to improve safety for St Albans School students using active transport modes.
    • Beckenham Neighbourhood Improvements: This project involves trialling lower speeds, safe crossing points, and intersection changes in the Beckenham area bounded by Tennyson Street, Colombo Street, Waimea Terrace and Eastern Terrace.
    • Selwyn Street Intersection Improvements: This project involves trialling intersection changes to make it safer and easier for pedestrians to cross Selwyn Street.

    Christchurch’s projects details(external link)

    Oamaru, Waitaki

    Waitaki District Council will be working on a well-known problem traffic spot in the Oamaru CBD. The redevelopment of the Thames St, Tees St and Itchen St intersection will benefit from community engagement and rethinking of the traffic flow.

    Oamaru project details(external link)

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  • Otago

    Oamaru, Waitaki

    Waitaki District Council will be working on a well-known problem traffic spot in the Oamaru CBD. The redevelopment of the Thames St, Tees St and Itchen St intersection will benefit from community engagement and rethinking of the traffic flow.

    Oamaru project details(external link)


    Two Dunedin City Council street improvement projects will be funded by the Innovating Streets pilot fund.

    The aim of the Tertiary Precinct project is to improve the safety and accessibility for pedestrians, bus users, people in cars and on bikes in the campus area. It also aims to turn the streets into a more people-friendly place and a destination where people enjoy spending time.

    The Mosgiel-Taieri Safer School Streets project aims to make it safer and easier for children to walk, scoot and bike to and from four Mosgiel and Outram schools.

    Dunedin project details(external link)

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  • Southland


    A year-long project, Streets Alive will start with a period of collaborative engagement with the community. Ideas gathered during this engagement will then be incorporated into a trial of adjustments to Gore’s streetscape and more feedback will be sought to determine if any suggested changes become permanent.

    Gore project details(external link)

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