A Vision for Auckland: Designing with future generations in mind

A Vision for Auckland: Designing with future generations in mind

27 May 2021

The Maritime Room, Princes Wharf Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Auckland’s city centre plays a critical role in the success of both Auckland and New Zealand. It is the main location for business, tourism, educational, cultural and civic activities and is home to 37,000 people. Like all city centres, ours performs multiple functions and evolves over time as people’s needs change. Since 2012, a visionary masterplan has shaped the evolution of Auckland’s city centre as it transforms and adapts to serve Aucklanders now and into the future. 

In March 2020 a refreshed City Centre Masterplan (CCMP) was adopted by Auckland Council’s Planning Committee. Looking to the next 20 years, the CCMP sets the strategic direction for the city centre and waterfront with a vision of a more liveable, inclusive, green and people-friendly place - one that is uniquely Tāmaki Makaurau

Cities are most successful when they reflect the needs of everyone. Traditional approaches to urban planning have tended to favour people in positions of power. The CCMP has sought to change this.

It’s time to hear from those Aucklanders who will inherit the city we’re building. Do they see the vision for Auckland in the refreshed CCMP? How do young Aucklanders feel about the current rate of transformation? Is the vision addressing climate change, transport, connectedness, liveability, affordability and inclusivity based on their experience of cities internationally and elsewhere within New Zealand?

Please note: we are still confirming our final panellists for this event and this page will be updated shortly. 

Frith Walker

Head of Placemaking, Panuku

Frith heads up the team of placemakers at Panuku, a role she describes as the job of a lifetime. Frith began her placemaking journey in 2011 for Waterfront Auckland with the redevelopment of the waterfront, a 20 plus year regeneration project. Frith and her team now “sprinkle their magic” in many neighbourhoods throughout the city for Panuku.As a placemaker she understands that the people, stories and needs of an area are crucial to create successful places. Panuku has a vital role to play in making places where people feel a strong relationship with their communities and a commitment to make things better.Frith is one the NZ representatives for the global network Placemaking X and an advocate for the UN ratified New Urban Agenda. She’s an enthusiastic supporter of the difference a healthy public realm can make in terms of creating liveable cities for all.

George Weeks

Principal Urban Designer, Auckland Council

George Weeks is a Principal Urban Designer in the Auckland Council Urban Design Unit. He is responsible for the refreshed Auckland City Centre Masterplan (CCMP) which provides a design-led vision for New Zealand’s largest city. He has also contributed to Auckland Council’s prizewinning work to develop a business case for walking and has helped to shape Auckland Transport’s Roads and Streets Framework.

Between 2011 and 2016, he worked in the UK as an Urban Designer at Transport for London (TfL). Here he led the Vauxhall Nine Elms Cycling Strategy, developed the Valuing Urban Realm Toolkit (VURT) and contributed to the 2015 rewrite of TfL’s Streetscape Guidance. Prior to this, he was a Graduate Fellow in Sustainable Urbanism at the Prince of Wales’ Foundation for Building Community

His work reflects a lifelong interest in the design of city streets and their impact on people's health and wellbeing. 

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