The vision is for the city centre to connect seamlessly to the water’s edge and conveniently link with neighbourhoods at its fringe. Buildings within the city centre will look out towards the city’s coastal aspect, engaging with the views.
More commuters, shoppers and school children will walk and cycle into the city centre from surrounding suburbs. Pedestrian priority at intersections will provide safe passage and enhanced street amenity with sightlines to the coast. Separate cycle lanes will cater for those travelling to the city by foot, bike and/or scooter.
Co-management of the coastal margin with Ngāti Te Whiti.
Lifting the State Highway 44 designation and redesigning Molesworth Street / St Aubyn Street as a boulevard with safe and convenient access between the city centre and the coastal walkway.
Mixed use redevelopment of strategic sites along Molesworth/St Aubyn Street with new activities and quality buildings benefiting from and to the high value coastal edge.
Upgrade walking routes to connect between the city and coast, and to connect the city with neighbourhoods to the south.
Creation of pedestrian priority and enhanced strategic crossing points across State Highway 45.
The coastal margin has deep significance for tangata whenua. An active co-governance model between NPDC and Ngāti Te Whiti will ensure enhanced outcomes for the coast and reflect a maturing relationship between tangata whenua and NPDC.
The management of the coastal margin should benefit from mātauranga Māori (knowledge) and tikanga (practices) and to be a continued source of pride for Ngāti Te Whiti, Te Aitawa, Māori and the wider community.
The terms of any arrangement are to be developed between NPDC and tangata whenua. The coastal margin has been suggested as a potential area for a co-governance arrangement, given its significance to tangata whenua, however it could be applied to other areas.
Molesworth Street becomes a boulevard with high pedestrian amenity and safety. People seamlessly connect from the coast to the city centre on this coastal edge street. Building frontages address the coast and accommodate a variety of uses (food, beverage, retail) at ground floor that engage with the street. Port traffic utilises the rail corridor and alternatives to State Highway 44 to enable heavy truck/freight movements.
The southern side of the city centre is easily traversed on foot to connect areas of interest and natural features such as Pukekura Park, the proposed multi-sports hub, Huatoki Stream, schools, WITT and community facilities. Prioritisation of pedestrian and cycle movements will open up access to the city centre. Encouraging walking and cycling to the city must be done as a package with public transport, car parking and micro-mobility to ensure success.
The properties surrounding and including the current Bunnings site down to the Molesworth Street NPDC car park has the potential to be a Coastal Precinct. This site is a rarity due to its location on the northern side of Molesworth Street and elevated above the water’s edge. It is considered a significant long-term mixed-use development opportunity that can showcase its stunning outlook over the coastal walkway and towards the Port Taranaki and Nga Mōtu (Sugar Loaf Islands).
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