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Innovating Streets for people Innovating Streets for people

Auckland Transport, Auckland Council, Panuku Development Auckland, Kāinga Ora and local boards are working together to create more people friendly spaces in our neighbourhoods.


Project status: Investigation
Project zone: Region-wide


Project overview

Throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, people experienced their streets and neighbourhoods differently. The Innovating Streets for People programme will enable Aucklanders to continue to enjoy their neighbourhoods and use streets not just as roads, but as public spaces.

We have been working on a range of new project proposals to apply for funding from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Innovating Streets for People pilot fund. Funding has now been confirmed for six Auckland projects, with more applications due to be submitted to Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency in July 2020. For successful projects, 90% of the funding will come from the Innovating Streets fund and the remaining 10% from existing council funds.

The projects funded by this pilot can range from safe street improvements outside schools, slow street interventions, and walking and cycling facilities and include initiatives such as pop-up spaces and community-led street events. Quick, lower cost projects can be trialled as a transition for long term projects.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s process

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has created this pilot fund so that councils across New Zealand can apply for funding for innovating streets projects. They will select the best applications based on a range of criteria such as innovation, collaboration, and community engagement.

There are two application rounds for the pilot fund. The first opened on 3 April 2020 and closed on 8 May 2020. Waka Kotahi announced the successful applications for round one in early June. The second round opens on 8 June 2020 and closes on 3 July 2020. Waka Kotahi expect to announce successful applications for round two by the end of July.

Find out more about Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency's pilot fund.


Project details

Round 1 timeline

  • 6 May 2020 – Round 1 projects approved by Auckland Council.
  • 8 May - 23 June 2020 – Round 1 projects assessed and approved by NZTA.
  • July 2020 – June 2021 – Plan, design, and implement round 1 projects. 

Round 2 timeline

  • 4 June 2020 – Round 2 projects approved Auckland Council.
  • 3 July – 21 August 2020 – Round 2 projects assessed and approved by NZTA.
  • August 2020 – June 2021 - Plan, design, and implement round 2 projects.

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Round 1 projects

On 23 June Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency confirmed funding for six Auckland projects. Details of each project can be seen below. We will work with local communities over the coming months to develop these projects

Auckland Transport led projects

Safe school streets pilot

Will use temporary changes to trial safety improvements near the school gate. Once we fully understand what’s needed, a permanent change will be delivered. These changes will be designed together with schools and communities. This could include parking changes, new drop off and pick up zones, new pedestrian crossings, and speed calming measures.

School speed reduction

Will reduce the speed around several schools using temporary changes like street art and planter boxes to reduce the risk of death and serious injury. These changes will be designed together with schools and communities.

School streets active mode shift 

Aims to get more children walking and cycling through community bike programmes, walking school buses, and temporary school street closures.

Panuku Development Auckland led projects

Ratanui link, Henderson

This proposal pilots a pop-up walking and cycling link and improved access to Henderson Train Station. This will be tested by reallocating some street space in Henderson's town centre to make more space for people, all designed through a collaborative process with local stakeholders and businesses. As well as improving walking and cycling safety, the project also aims to make it more enjoyable for people living close to the town centre.

Huron and Northcroft streetscape improvements, Takapuna

This proposal aims to work with local community to co-design a series of temporary interventions to support better walking connections through Takapuna, due for completion in October 2020. It will build directly on previous and current Panuku led tactical urbanism initiatives in Takapuna and will permit adjoining businesses to explore activating their street frontage, widening footpaths and providing safer crossings. The learnings will be used to inform a future permanent upgrade. 

Auckland Council led projects

Queen Street

Innovating Streets will support parts of the long-awaited Access for Everyone pilot on Auckland’s Queen Street, which will make downtown Auckland a more welcoming and attractive place for the thousands of people who live, work and shop there every day. It will also help people travel more quickly through the city by bus, on foot and by bike.

Round 2 projects

On 3 July 2020, Auckland Transport together with Auckland Council, Panuku Development Auckland, Kāinga Ora and local boards submitted 29 projects to apply for funding in round 2 of Waka Kotahi’s Innovating streets fund. It is important to note that we are competing with other councils nationwide for funding from a limited pool of money, and only very strong applications have a realistic chance of receiving funding. Funding decisions are expected from Waka Kotahi on 21 August 2020. 

List of project applications for funding - Innovating Streets round 2 (PDF 510KB).


For more information on this project

Contact Auckland Transport