Innovating Streets for People projects

Waka Kotahi partnered with 32 councils across New Zealand to help them through the planning, delivery and monitoring of Innovating Streets projects.


All featured projects were completed as part of the Innovating Streets programme 2020–2021.

Brooklyn Road Cycleway

The Brooklyn Road Cycleway project was delivered in Wellington. Read about how the project was developed and the outcomes it achieved.

Brooklyn Road Cycleway (Wellington City Council) [PDF, 785 KB]


The Cambridge safer journeys project was delivered in Cambridge. Read about how the project was developed and the outcomes it achieved.

Cambridge (Waipā City Council) [PDF, 756 KB]

Drews Avenue Arts Quarter

The Drews Avenue Arts Quarter town centre regeneration project was delivered in Whanganui. Read about how the project was developed and the outcomes it achieved.

Drews Avenue Arts Quarter (Whanganui District Council) [PDF, 643 KB]

Hear about Drews Avenue Arts Quarter from business owners, community members and those involved in its delivery.


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.

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 Avenue, 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.

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.

Central city schools cluster project, Dunedin

Dunedin City Council surveyed key stakeholders to investigate the existing traffic safety problems and what would be needed to encourage more pupils to use other modes than cars. Several treatments were designed to concept stage and consulted on with key stakeholders and the general public, then trial versions installed over a one-month period.

Open play street, Colombo Street, Christchurch Central

The activation involved closing Colombo Street in the central city from Lichfield Street to Hereford Street on Sunday, 8 March 2020 to have an ‘open play street’ and allow the community and residents to re-imagine how this section of street, and streets of a similar nature, could be if closed to vehicular traffic.