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Auckland Council The Auckland Plan

Direction 4: Provide sufficient public places and spaces that are inclusive, accessible and contribute to urban living

Public places and spaces provide 'breathing space' for people. They help us connect with others and with our surroundings, offer respite from the pressures of daily life and are part of a holistic approach to wellbeing.

Public places play a role in the quality of our urban life, as they provide opportunities for people to:

  • undertake numerous recreational activities
  • enhance their everyday activities such as going from home to work or school.

Our public places are where children play, people relax and meet others, and where we hold celebrations. They are an extension of living space, especially for people who have limited or no private outdoor space. They need to be well designed, inclusive and accessible to a wide range of people.



They help create our identity and define a sense of place by reflecting local communities, local character and local history.

They also help to green the city, play a part in carbon reduction, and contribute to eco-system health and biodiversity.

As Auckland's population increases and becomes more urbanised, our public places and spaces will become even more important to our wellbeing. This is particularly the case in areas of high growth, increased density and socio-economic need.

This has implications for the number, size and location of our public places. It is also an important reason why we need to think differently about what we consider to be a public place and how we conceive its use. We also need to think differently about how we design and deliver them.

They have to:

  • support multiple uses
  • be able to adapt and change in the future
  • reflect who we are as communities, Aucklanders and New Zealanders.

As Auckland grows and intensifies, space will be at an even higher premium.

Acquiring new public space is expensive. Auckland must therefore complement any new public places by getting more out of what we already have. Innovative and thoughtful design will be key ways of meeting this challenge.

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