Auaha Evolving Spaces is our local response to getting Innovating Streets for People funding from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.
Lower Hutt received funding for two projects:
- A trial pathway on Knights Road connecting Waterloo Station to the CBD
- Temporary changes to one block of Jackson Street Petone.
The projects aim to try out temporary changes that make our public spaces more people-friendly.
The great thing about these projects is that they will be co-designed with the people that regularly use the spaces. This means that businesses, residents, regular visitors and community all have a part to play in deciding what will make their spaces work better for everyone that uses them.
Auaha is the Māori kupu (word) that means to shape, create or form. The concept of shaping and creating and then reshaping reflects the temporary and evolving way these projects will work.
By working together we can identify which types of changes might make using the spaces even better and then work out how we might test or try out these changes.
By using temporary trials that have been co-designed we can:
- Test new ideas cheaply
- Involve a wide range of people from the community in decisions
- Monitor in real time what happens and adjust if needed
- Accelerate decision making
- Inspire and enable positive changes.
Knights Road Connection project
This project aims to make the journey along Knights Rd safer and more people-friendly regardless of your choice of transport.
So far we’ve been working with schools, residents and the wider community to explore different road layouts that might achieve this. The next step is to bring together all the great ideas people have shared and design together what this could look like for a temporary trial during Term Four of 2020.
This will be followed up with a full-length of the road trial for eight to twelve weeks early in 2021.
Jackson Street Project
The aim of this project is to further support Petone as a destination. This work aligns with the Petone 2040 spatial strategy and the project will be co-led by Council and community.
So far we’ve been working with the Jackson Street Programme to engage with businesses. Our next step is to further engage with the residents and wider community on what ideas they have for the space.
You can take part in lots of different ways, from just staying up to date, taking part in the engagement and co-design or even joining the project teams.
The project teams will include some Hutt City Council staff alongside people from the community (like you!) and local businesses all working together to make it successful.
We want the project teams to be made up of people from lots of different backgrounds. Getting a good mix of people will ensure that what we come up with will work best for the space and the people using it.
If you’d like to be involved in one of the project teams, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay up to date
To find out more about what is happening with the projects visit the Auaha Evolving Spaces website.
For regular updates: