Aurecon provides the sitewide spatial revitalisation Tāmaki Implementation masterplan in New Zealand.


Tāmaki Regeneration Project, Kāinga Ora, New Zealand

A people centric approach to urban regeneration

Tāmaki Regeneration Company has a master plan for Tāmaki that will upgrade streets, parks and town centres, increase transport options, support schools, provide job opportunities and build 10,500 new homes to improve the wellbeing of the Tāmaki community.

The regeneration covers 900 hectares and 20,000 residents across Auckland’s inner eastern suburbs of Glen Innes, Panmure and Point England. 2,500 public homes will make way for 10,500 healthier new homes – public, affordable, and open market housing, over the next 20 years. The work supports projected population growth and aligns with the aspirations of the National Policy Statement to unlock density and enable improved housing affordability and community wellbeing.

Tāmaki Regeneration Company is the Crown entity charged with delivering on the New Zealand Government’s housing and urban development priorities in Tamaki and will act as the master planner. Kāinga Ora is the builder.

Unlocking Tāmaki’s existing value

Aurecon was engaged to prepare the Tāmaki Implementation Plan (the sitewide spatial masterplan) for the revitalisation of Tāmaki, including cost models used to build the business case for Treasury sign-off in 2015.

Unlocking the area’s existing value was a key focus of the masterplan. Reducing up-front infrastructure upgrades and developing cost-conscious solutions helped to achieve the required cabinet business case approvals to set the project up to eventually be self-funding.

Aurecon has continued to provide masterplan advice and is also the lead land development consultant across several of the anchor neighbourhoods, including Line Epping and Overlea Developments. This work has included civil and three-waters design, construction management and survey.

Infrastructure servicing has been a key part of our role, including assessing the capacity of existing infrastructure to support denser housing arrangements, and developing new infrastructure where required. This expertise will be imperative with the move to allowing greater density on existing sites in Auckland.

Innovation and opportunities

Aurecon’s innovative approach to stormwater management reduced cost and delivered value for the client. Our proposal for a jointly owned Tāmaki Regeneration Company/Auckland Council stormwater facility in an existing Auckland Council Reserve avoided the need for costly individual storage and disposal on each property, reducing cost and allowing a shared ownership model. Green stormwater solutions using soil filtration contribute to Tāmaki’s sustainability aspirations.

Aurecon has also undertaken targeted pieces of work with other key stakeholders, including Ngāti Whatua Orakei, who engaged us to undertake masterplanning for the redevelopment of the old Tāmaki Girls High School site.

Through these projects, Aurecon has developed a deep understanding of the Tāmaki site, its’ interfaces and opportunities, and we look forward to continuing to partner with stakeholders to really unlock the potential of the area.

A vibrant, inclusive community where everyone can thrive

Tāmaki is much more than a housing development. It also encompasses significant investment in infrastructure, schools, public transport, amenities, and playgrounds to create a vibrant, inclusive community where Tāmaki whānau can thrive.

A key example is the Tāmaki Loop, a shared 11km pedestrian and cycle route linking Panmure, Pt England and Glen Innes that will support healthy lifestyles and enable the shift to low-carbon transport modes. Aurecon undertook the transport planning needed to realise the path, co-designing the path with Mana Whenua and the wider community.

Aurecon leveraged our digital capabilities to bring the plans for the path and a neighbouring reserve redevelopment to life, creating a visualisation which received great feedback from the local community. The visualisation helped the community understand the benefits of the shared path and how it will enhance their space, and aided key stakeholders with decision making.

In 2019, the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board completed the Tāmaki Path, forming the first part of the loop which runs along the estuary from Panmure wharf to Wai O Taiki Nature Reserve.

Reflecting our move to a model-first delivery approach, Aurecon provided 3D digital models to the building contractor for the Line Epping development which enabled greatly improved information and efficiency compared to standard 2D drawings.

Creating a fantastic place for all Tāmaki residents to live, work and play

Improving equity outcomes for the local community – particularly for Māori and Pasifika residents – is a key aspiration of the Tāmaki Regeneration programme. Glen Innes and Panmure Town centres will be reimagined to help local businesses flourish, and social infrastructure such as education, health and community facilities will also be strengthened.

As part of our commitment to uplifting opportunities for the local community, Aurecon engaged a student from Tāmaki College as a cadet on a drafting and surveying programme. Aurecon staff also donated time in the clean-up of the Pt England Reserve and Omaru Creek, and supported community learning on the care and protection of a natural watercourse.

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