Project: Waiwharariki Anzac Square
Takapuna’s new town square
We’re building a new town square called Waiwharariki Anzac Square where the community can come together to meet, relax, play and celebrate, with:
- spaces for people to sit and play in the sun or shade
- space for public events, including concerts and a market
- a water feature and areas for outdoor dining.
Construction will be completed in 2023.
Future development surrounding the town square will include a mix of shops, businesses and homes.
These developments are part of the urban regeneration of Takapuna, led by Eke Panuku Development Auckland on behalf of Auckland Council. Our goals are to revitalise the town centre, improve public spaces, create better connections to the beach and support more options for urban living and public transport, to bring about a great future for Takapuna.
Designed with the future in mind
Waiwharariki Anzac Square is part of the Unlock Takapuna programme which has a Green Star –Communities rating. The independent rating was awarded by the New Zealand Green Building Council for exceptional masterplanning. By obtaining Green Star ratings, we’re future-proofing Takapuna, planning for climate change and building community resilience. In Waiwharariki Anzac Square, features such as filters to treat stormwater runoff at the source, sustainable timber and low-carbon concrete will ensure this development delivers a sustainable public space for the community.
The gift of a name
Mana whenua gifted the name Waiwharariki to the square. Waiwharariki is the mana whenua place name for the area now known as Takapuna, the beach, and town centre.
In the mid-1800s, Waiwharariki was the name used for the settlement at the Shoal Bay headland within Takapuna. The name acknowledges the significant coastal flax wharariki that was commonly found throughout the coastal rocks and waters endemic to that area. The wharariki plant was favoured and frequently used by Māori weavers to make tools including kete and sleeping mats.
The name also respects a specific settlement that was established for Ngāti Pāoa. In 1849, following the death of Ngāti Pāoa chieftainess Rīria Takarangi, Governor Grey gifted Māori leader Patuone a life interest in 110 acres at Waiwharariki (Takapuna Beach).
Site blessing and construction begins
January 2022: Mana whenua led a ceremony with partners to commence construction of Waiwharariki Anzac Square. Read more.