Jun 21 2018
Wynyard Quarter continues to grow with a new laneway development kicking off.
A brand new laneway has opened in Wynyard Quarter, with innovative design features that represent an interpretation of the original shoreline of Waitemata Harbour.
Literally translated, Tiramarama Way means to shine, glimmer and light the way, and it sits nestled within the Innovation Precinct. the laneway was opened on 29 June 2018 for residents, workers and visitors of Wynyard Quarter to discover its many special design features.
These include purposeful puddles designed to rise and fall with the tides that provide an opportunity for play, and a stunning suspended light arrangement that celebrates constellations specific to Maori astronomy including Te Puanga (The Southern Cross) and Matariki. The lane is an east-by-west link that runs between Halsey and Daldy streets, and more than 480,000 dots have been sandblasted onto the ground of the laneway to represent Auckland’s waterfront in 1841.
At the eastern end its leads onto new retailers including Williams Eatery, French patisserie La Petite Fourchette and Wine Runners while at the western end it offers a beautiful view of the Viaduct Harbour, as well as there being circular burrow planters that act as small rain gardens designed to collect and clean rainwater. A real-life garden laid beneath the ground allows the Nikau grove and other greenery planted along the laneway to flourish. Sandy soils and sea shells unearthed during construction are evidence of the laneway being a former mahinga kai (a food gathering place).
Panuku Development Auckland, the city’s redevelopment agency, partnered with Downer NZ to develop Tiramarama Way over seven months. Its design was a collaboration between landscape architect Megan Wraight of Wraight + Associates and artist Lisa Reihana.