How we operate
We have a visionOur mission is to create amazing places, to shape spaces for Aucklanders to love. We’re dedicated to delivering a Tāmaki Makaurau that’s made up of strong, thriving neighbourhoods.
We love expertiseAs part of the Auckland Council whanau, we’re guided by expertise such as the Auckland Plan, local board plans, town centre plans and economic development strategies. Our work is based on deep research and extensive feedback.
We’re place-ledWe know that each of our neighbourhoods is unique, and that their identity, attributes and aspirations should be supported to thrive. This attitude leads our thinking in everything we do, from engagement to design.
We don’t work aloneSo far as we’re concerned, working with others will always beat working alone. Collaboration with local communities, Auckland Council, mana whenua, the private sector and the like means better results for everyone. Just as Tāmaki Makaurau is made up of various neighbourhoods, each neighbourhood should evolve with the help of various friends.
A focus on quality design
We work with the city’s best urban planners, architects and designers to create thriving town centres where people want to work and play.
- Ensuring our designs align with council plans and what the community wants.
- Regularly talking to stakeholders and the community to ensure our projects reflect the character and needs of the neighbourhood.
- Creating environmentally-friendly developments that incorporate public transport, roads and public spaces for all to enjoy.
All our urban regeneration projects need to reflect the people, character and needs of the area, which is why placemaking is crucial to our work.
Placemaking is a process that fosters the creation of vital, successful places. The kind of places where people feel a strong relationship with their communities and a commitment to make things better.
Our placemaking practice has been developed over the last decade or so, initially for spaces like the city centre waterfront, but now across the wider Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland region.
Through placemaking, the people of a place play a strong cooperative role in the building of their public places. It’s an inclusive approach which can benefit all outcomes – social, commercial and everything in between.
Working with Māori
Our commitment to Māori is outlined in the Auckland Plan 2050 and is part of our commitment to the council. We work closely with our mana whenua partners to understand their priorities in Tāmaki Makaurau.
Mana whenua believe what is best for Māori is best ultimately best for everyone in Tāmaki Makaurau. They have shared their top five aspirations with Eke Panuku, and these can be summarised as:
- Governance: We’ll engage mana whenua in decision-making and inform them of our work.
- Culture: We’ll increase our practice of kaitiakitanga (by all) and ensure visibility of Māori identity and culture in our projects.
- Economic: We’ll create more commercial investment, procurement and engagement opportunities for Māori.
- Social: We’ll foster a sense of community and connectedness and create career pathways for rangatahi.
- Natural environment: We’re increasing the practice of kaitiakitanga (by all) across our work, ensuring significant improvements to te mauri o te taiao.
Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do.
Our approach promotes a low-carbon lifestyle where people can live, work and play near their homes and public transport. This reduces reliance on cars, and supports more walking and cycling.
We set meaningful standards for our development partners and ourselves. For example, all our development partners are required to deliver homes with a minimum 6 Homestar rating in our Transform and Unlock neighbourhoods. This means that homes are good quality, warm, dry and efficient to run.
We seek to future-proof our communities by accounting for climate change, including factoring adaptation and resilience into our buildings and spaces. Our communities will be designed to cope with warmer temperatures and extreme weather events.