Innovating Streets for People


Innovating Streets for People is a national programme funded by Waka Kotahi (New Zealand Transport Agency). It provides communities with the opportunity to trial changes that create more people-friendly spaces and make streets safer for whānau and tamariki.

These projects are about and for our communities. You are invited to provide feedback so that we can make sure the projects are achieving their purpose. If the projects are successful, the changes may be applied permanently. For more information or to provide feedback on one of the projects in your town, click the relevant link below. 

Questions and answers

What is the aim of the Innovating Streets for People projects?

The aim for all three projects is to create safer walking and cycling routes and reduce traffic speeds in the targeted areas. In doing this, we also hope to create more people-friendly spaces and enhance the towns' sense of identity. 

Where are the projects being installed?

Community-led projects in Kawakawa, Moerewa and Kaikohe were all awarded funding by the Waka Kotahi Innovating Streets for People pilot fund. You will see changes installed on Mangakahia and Recreation roads in Kaikohe, on Otiria Road outside Moerewa School and Otiria Marae in Moerewa, and in Kawakawa town centre.

Who has been involved in these projects?

The Innovating Streets for People projects are community-led. Local design agency ĀKAU has led the projects in both Kaikohe and Moerewa. ĀKAU has engaged tamariki in Moerewa and Kaikohe to help with the design process.

Students from Moerewa School have painted planter boxes that sit outside Moerewa School and Otiria Marae. Local artist, Lorraine King, has developed tamariki ideas into graphics featured in Moerewa. 

In Kawakawa, the project has been led by Lau'rell Pratt and Rachel Henare from Kings Theatre Creative and Trish Little from the Kawakawa Business Association. Several local artists have been involved including Lorraine King, Hoana Paul and Tash Nicholas.

How long will the projects be in place for?

The projects will be monitored for three months from installation. Any changes that have been made can be changed or rearranged according to public feedback. Successful elements will stay in place for up to 12 months. If the projects prove successful, they may be applied permanently.