The Māpua Waterfront Area Masterplan Working Group is circulating for discussion 3 new ideas/concepts for the open public area between Golden Bear and the Wharf in Māpua. The Working Group will consider responses from the stakeholder members to these proposals at the next meeting of the group on 19th November. (Editor’s note after you read this post, if you wish to comment yourself, or reply to other comments,, keep scrolling down the page – you’ll eventually arrive at the comments entry fields)
Here are some of our preliminary thoughts from your executive (us!) . Please let us know what you think by commenting on this post or sending us an email , which Graeme can then take to the 19th of Nov meeting.
The Wharf area is a unique identifier for Mapua. It is a busy place we take for granted day in and day out – but we could use the new developments there to be celebrating the diverse history and connection to many centuries of human habitation. The Wharf is well know for its role in the successful fruit businesses that underpinned Māpua, but the land itself holds many stories. Research and recent digging at the site for the newer buildings and services of Shed 4 turned up a rich archeological field of burial sites, midden areas, fire sites and shells, reflecting centuries of human habitation and enjoyment. Clearly the area is a key site for establishing a new, more inclusive, interpretation of this site, recognizing iwi narratives and design that reflects our bicultural aspirations.
This space is also the place where the visual language of the landscaping, artworks, and interpretation are established for the project as a whole across the Mapua Waterfront. We are creating an amenity that will reflect these shared cultural values and is not tethered to any one approach.
The designs from TDC are a mixture of paved and seating areas, grass areas and plantings ensures all weather resilience of the facility. From the Friends of MApua Waterfront executive perspective, #1 above, the ‘Waka’ shaped design best fits the brief. This could then be enhanced with new interpretive panels, pō and furniture design to really connect this site to its deeper past.
Further to the exciting progress on this project, the group has made other recommendations and submissions about parking and lighting. The Tahi street paddock is going to be set up as a carpark for summer with new signage and delineation plus big spaces for the boat trailers from Grossi Point launching. Low height light bollards are to installed on Waterfront Park pathways shortly.
Please feel free to send feedback to our group via email ,