Getting the most out of our waterfront is extremely important and it’s good to see that Waterfront Auckland are taking that seriously by trialling changes to Waitemata Plaza to make it more attractive.
Waitemata Plaza was built in the 1990s as part of the Viaduct Harbour development in time for the America’s Cup. The Plaza was intended as a space for outdoor events. Since then, the surrounding area has been developed with apartments and new businesses and Waitemata Plaza has proven to be a largely uninviting, underutilized space.
Public feedback to the Waterfront Plan indicated strong support for more green space on the waterfront and Waitemata Plaza is a great place to make this happen.
If you’re not sure where Waitemata Plaza is, it’s highlighted below.
And here’s an image from Waterfront Auckland as to how it looks now, very open and not that inviting
To try and improve the plaza, Waterfront Auckland are running a series of three one month long trials to see what people like and what works best. Here is a video they have created to explain what they’re doing.
Now if only we could get the Council and Auckland Transport to trial things like this.