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Throughout 2019, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency partnered with councils across New Zealand to help them through the planning, delivery and monitoring of Innovating Street projects.

A lot was achieved and learned through the hard work of teams at councils and the support of local politicians and senior managers. Case studies have been developed from those projects, and learnings from them will inform the support options to be developed for project teams over April–June 2020.

The case studies listed below also include projects from across New Zealand that were completed prior to the Innovating Streets programme. These are profiled here because of their alignment with the outcomes and approaches sought by Innovating Streets projects.


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Sale Street intersection

Auckland Council identified the Sale Street intersection as an opportunity for change in their early tactical urbanism work, and have worked with partners to address a series of issues.

Pt Chevalier Play Street

‘Here comes the sun’ was a one-day ‘play street’ event held on the street outside the gate of Pt. Chevalier’s school.

Safe School Streets

Auckland Transport is piloting a new approach to making streets around schools safer through a process of co-design with school communities. Safe School Streets’ vision is improved real and perceived safety of streets near school entrances for all road users, increased active travel to school, and reduced congestion on the network.

High Street, Auckland

The High Street District in Auckland is recognised and valued as an area with distinctive heritage character. Its shops, cafés, restaurants and bars, character offices and residential conversions make great use of historical building stock and streets, lanes and squares, creating enjoyable places to be.

Andrews Ave, Hutt City

Hutt City Council is activating Andrews Ave as part of their CBD development programme and in advance of the longer term RiverLink development.

The Octagon Experience, Dunedin

The Octagon is an important part of the Dunedin city centre and the council wanted to gain a general understanding of how the Octagon could function and connect with the George St development within the wider transport network.

New Plymouth case studies

New Plymouth District Council is progressing with two potential case studies as part of the programme. Making streets safer for children and developing their main street to support a thriving town centre.

Palmerston North Play Streets

Palmerston North is working on several innovations to advance safer streets and to enable a more active community.

Hutt City Play Streets

Healthy Families Lower Hutt and Hutt City Council are planning to transform some of their suburban street environments this spring and summer to encourage more walking, cycling, and play.

Federal Street walking and cycling improvements, Auckland

Auckland Transport trialled a contra-flow cycle lane and test street layout ideas before Federal Street’s scheduled permanent upgrade.

Wharf Street dining precinct, Tauranga

Tauranga Downtown Mainstreet (TDM) and Wharf Street businesses initiated a 12-month trial to convert Wharf Street into an outdoor dining precinct, funded by business and property owners, TDM, and corporate sponsors, together with contributions from TCC.

Traffic cones for school roads, New Plymouth

NPDC conducted a six-month trial of a process where schools could safely place No Stopping Cones in agreed priority areas in the road reserve at peak times, with RCA endorsement.

Maple Lane planter trial, Palmerston North

Palmerston North City Council ran a trial to close Maple Lane from through vehicle traffic on a Monday in May 2019.

Lower Tory Street activation, Wellington

WCC trialled a three-month space reallocation and activation of Lower Tory St in 2018. It was intended to test ideas and see how well the space was used before committing to full investment, as well as to promote community conversations around the future of the area.

Wānaka town centre activation

The development of a new Town Centre Masterplan and Integrated Transport Programme Business Case by Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC), to understand current and future growth problems, provided fertile ground to respond to the community’s desire to trial options for addressing issues of transport and place, and use ‘experiential engagement’ to consult with them on options for the future of Wānaka.

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