Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) has just inked the deal that will see the America’s Cup event return to the city for the first time in 15 years. The city has just 18 months to prepare before teams arrive on the sparkling Waitematā Harbour, for an event that is being billed as the “most successful and inclusive major event New Zealand has ever seen for all New Zealanders”. Auckland hosted the 2000 and the 2003 America’s Cup, leading to significant development of previously industrial land on the waterfront, some of which resulted in sterilisation of the place. This time around, we are focusing on delivering a positive legacy for the people and the environment of Tāmaki Makaurau.
We will investigate what legacy means to a city and its people and the importance of connecting people with their environment and each other. As Auckland City Council’s regeneration agency, Panuku Development Auckland provides unique insights into a process of “learning by doing” in a multi-disciplinary organisation tasked with radically improving the quality of urban living in Auckland.
We will present three cases studies, in varying stages of completion, that will provide the public space and event infrastructure and for the 36th America’s Cup. We look at learnings from seven years in the evolution of Wynyard Quarter, a 36 hectare area undergoing a 25 year urban transformation. We celebrate empowering individuals to change their relationship with food and employment through our social enterprise called “The Kitchen Project”. We bring you on our journey towards transforming a waterfront carpark in to a place; exploring place making through an indigenous co-design lens that starts with rangatahi (Maori youth).
Tāmaki Makaurau is undergoing great and rapid change. With this comes a responsibility to foster intergenerational approaches to building healthy communities.